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What makes a good MC question?

  • A well crafted multiple choice question can provide a diagnostic tool to determine the learner’s level of understanding. One of the most common mistakes made when creating multiple choice questions comes with the initial question where question writers tend to choose shallow level questions. These questions tend to only require the learner to recognize a simple word or phrase from the learning content. These basically ask who what when or where type questions. Intermediate or preferably deep level question make better stem questions for multiple choice questions. These higher level of questions allow for deeper concepts to be built into distracters so that the distracters tap into potential misconceptions.
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