Guidelines for writing mc items and Essay items

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Guidelines for writing MC items and Essay items

MC Items

MC Items …

MC Items …

  • Make all responses plausible and attractive to the less knowledgeable or skillful student
  • The response alternative “None of the above” should be used with caution
  • Make options grammatically parallel to each other and consistent with the stem
  • Avoid irrelevant cues as “common elements” between the correct option and the stem
  • In testing for understanding of a term or concept, it is generally preferable to present the term in the stem and alternative definitions in the options.

Essay Items

Essay Items …

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