Cets 2013 gander hale_item qa checklist

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Cets 2013 gander hale_item qa checklist

  1. 1. Multiple-Choice Test Item QA Checklist Sharon Gander, performancepi.gander@gmail.com Use this checklist as an internal construct review for multiple-choice questions that are to meet Plain Language/Global English standards. 1000 ITEM # Example 1. For Stems, ensure each: 2. Question makes sense. x 3. Is in the form of a question. x 4. Begins with words like what, when, where, how, how much, and why. x 5. Contains only a single problem or situation. x 6. Uses second person; not “we”. N 7. Includes words that otherwise would be repeated in each alternative. x 8. Uses bold words to qualify response, i.e., best, most important, first. x For Stems, ensure each does not: 9. Use imperial “we”. x 10. Teach. x 11. Contain sentences with more than 12 words. x 12. Contain unnecessary prepositional phrases. x 13. Contain negatives. (Or, if really needed, they negative word is highlighted.) x 14. Make sense in relationship to the stem. For Alternatives, ensure: 15. There is 1 right answer identified x 16. There are 3 plausible distraters x 17. Each ends with a period. x 18. Each makes sense in relationship to the stem. x 19. Standard formats are used. x 20. All are of similar length. x 21. All follow a parallel structure. N For Alternatives, ensure each does not exhibit: 22. Unequal lengths N 23. “All of the above.” x 24. “None of the above.” x 25. Absolutes. x 26. Technical words or jargon. N
  2. 2. Multiple-Choice Test Item QA Checklist Sharon Gander, performancepi.gander@gmail.com 27. Vague pronouns. x 28. Antithetical responses. x 29. Synonymous distracters. x 30. Overlapping. x References: 31. A reference is provided x 32. Reference is appropriate for the item. x 33. Reference is international in nature rather than local/regional/national. x Document Control 34. Item has a valid number 35. SME Writer name is listed x 36. Reviewer's name is listed x 37. Document is dated

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