Teaching Strategy Tip #40

Designing Tests

Key concepts to designing tests (Reed, 2002) include. Good test questions:

  • Address course objectives, material taught in class, and important skills and concepts
  • Provide complete, consistent, and unambiguous instructions
  • Present only one correct answer when only is called for
  • Are easy for all students to understand
  • Do not emphasize the trivial and do not ‘trick’ the students
  • Have the correct answers randomly arranged throughout the test for multiple-choice tests
  • Don’t provide signals or cues to eliminate incorrect answers
  • Highlight a negative word, such as not, to avoid confusion
  • Give students the opportunity to demonstrate what they have learned, not memorized; and
  • Are used to review and reinforce learning (Reed, 2002, p. 31).

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