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What's best for multiple-choice questions: three, four or five?

Journal Article


Abstract


  • For many years there has been

    a continuing discussion about

    the ideal number of choices in a

    multiple- choice question (MCQ).

    The debate has been centred on

    being able to ask more questions in

    a given time with a small number

    of options and reducing the impact

    of guessing with a larger number of

    options. This paper describes a trial

    of three- , four- , and fi ve- choice

    MCQ papers, and the impact on

    medical and pharmacy students.

Publication Date


  • 2014

Citation


  • Wilson, I. (2014). What's best for multiple-choice questions: three, four or five?. The Clinical Teacher, 11 (7), 568-570.

Scopus Eid


  • 2-s2.0-84911452315

Ro Metadata Url


  • http://ro.uow.edu.au/smhpapers/2621

Number Of Pages


  • 2

Start Page


  • 568

End Page


  • 570

Volume


  • 11

Issue


  • 7

Abstract


  • For many years there has been

    a continuing discussion about

    the ideal number of choices in a

    multiple- choice question (MCQ).

    The debate has been centred on

    being able to ask more questions in

    a given time with a small number

    of options and reducing the impact

    of guessing with a larger number of

    options. This paper describes a trial

    of three- , four- , and fi ve- choice

    MCQ papers, and the impact on

    medical and pharmacy students.

Publication Date


  • 2014

Citation


  • Wilson, I. (2014). What's best for multiple-choice questions: three, four or five?. The Clinical Teacher, 11 (7), 568-570.

Scopus Eid


  • 2-s2.0-84911452315

Ro Metadata Url


  • http://ro.uow.edu.au/smhpapers/2621

Number Of Pages


  • 2

Start Page


  • 568

End Page


  • 570

Volume


  • 11

Issue


  • 7