Overview: This document outlines some strategies for writing good multiple choice exams. It is adapted from a paper by David Zimarro (2010). Multiple-choice questions typically have 3 parts:  a stem, the correct answer – called the key, and several wrong answers, called distractors. The following document outlines three sets of principles for writing good multiples choice exams.

Procedural Principles:  

Content-related Principles:

General Option Development Rules:  


Zimarro, David (2010). “Writing Good Multiple-Choice Exams.” Center for Teaching and Learning, University of Texas at Austin. Downloaded 10.3.12 from http://ctl.utexas.edu/assets/Evaluation--Assessment/Writing-Good-Multiple-Choice-Exams-04-28-10.pdf.



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