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Do's and Don'ts for Writing Good Assessment Questions
Do Don't
Ask only one question in each item Try to assess more than one idea, fact, or concept in a question.
Have only one correct answer for each item. Use grammatical cues.
Make sure the question asks about important rather than trivial content. Create patterns with the responses.
Make the wording in the question and responses clear and concise. Use negative terms in questions.
Keep the response categories consistent in both type and length. Give partial information in a question.
Make sure all the response choices are plausible for the question asked. Never use "None of the Above" as a distractor.
Place answers in a logical order.
Cite an authority or theory if a question is controversial or debatable.
Give clear directions for how to respond to the item.
State how the item will be scored and what will be included (grammar, spelling, etc.)
Decide how you will score the responses before you have started looking at the responses.
Make sure all assessment questions pertain to the learning objectives in the lesson.



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