Specialist training: Writing good multiple choice questions

Writing good multiple choice questions

Speakers: Mark Dowling (Cambridge Assessment Network Consultant)
Date: 18 Oct 2017 Venue: Hughes Hall Mortimer Road Cambridge CB1 2EW
Time: 09:30 - 12:30
Type: Training event Fee: £70.00

This workshop will help you understand the advantages and limitations of multiple choice questions (MCQs) and therefore how it is appropriate to use them in the context of seeking to achieve best-quality assessment.
A very thought provoking session highlighting the different situations in which multiple choice questions are used, and a useful opportunity to work with colleagues to improve questions set in different disciplines."

You’ll consider how to write and edit MCQs that are fit for purpose. Using a variety of examples, the speaker will consider the different formats of MCQs and how they can best be used.

You’ll also have an opportunity to critique, edit and practise writing test items. 

What training participants say

"Useful when reviewing items written by item writers for specimen papers"

"It will help me in my work as assessment manager, managing the production of question paper"

"MCQs are an important area of testing that I need to know about. It's more complex than people realise and it takes
practice - because the training gave me some of that practice, I'll be able to talk about and use MCQs more
confidently."


Who should attend?

This workshop is designed for awarding body staff and test writers who are fairly new to MCQs or want to improve their skills. You will also find this training event useful if you are thinking of using the MCQ format of questions in your tests and qualifications and want to get an overall understanding of their benefits.

If you are an experienced item and test writer who wants to look deeper into the data that MCQs provide, take a look at our training event on Data from multiple choice questions - what does it tell us?

What you will learn

  • What are the benefits of using multiple choice questions?
  • Types of multiple choice questions
  • Do’s and Don’ts in writing good multiple choice questions
  • Weighting the questions
  • Compiling the test

Speaker biography

Mark Dowling specialist trainingMark Dowling moved from secondary school teaching to work at Cambridge Assessment in 1989, initially as the Subject Officer for Economics and Business Subjects, then also acquiring responsibility for the establishment of Modular A Levels and for Assessment Administration. From 1998 he has specialised in International Examinations, and from 2004 to 2015 was Deputy Director (Standards) in the Assessment Services Division of Cambridge International Examinations, with a secondment to be Assessment Quality Advisor for the Hong Kong Examinations and Assessment Authority in 2006-7.


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