How not to design MCQs. Very old but entertaining slideshow.

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This powerpoint slideshow is 20 years old - and looks it. It is based on an even older "Content Free Test" published by Roger Lewis. It contains some useful tips on writing multiple choice questions in a witty presentation.

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How not to design MCQs. Very old but entertaining slideshow.

  1. 1. A content-free test Designing multiple-Designing multiple- choice questionschoice questions This ‘content free test’ was published by Roger Lewis in the ’80s. He can’t remember where the questions came from. I’ve added some discussion of the ‘right’ answers in the slide sequence which follows…
  2. 2. A content-free test A content-free test!A content-free test! Please work on your own. Try out your exam technique to pick the most likely option for each of the eight questions. Then try to work out why you made your selection. If you feel you can make sense of the questions, please seek help!
  3. 3. A content-free test 1: The usual function1: The usual function of grunge prowkers isof grunge prowkers is to remove:to remove: A grunges. B snarts. C trigs. D grods.
  4. 4. A content-free test 2: Antigrottification occurs:2: Antigrottification occurs: A on spring mornings. B on summer evenings provided there is no rain before dusk. C on autumn afternoons. D on winter nights.
  5. 5. A content-free test 3: Lurkies suffer from3: Lurkies suffer from trangitis because:trangitis because: A their prads are always underdeveloped. B all their brizes are horizontal. C their curnpieces are usually imperfect. D none of their dringoes can ever adapt.
  6. 6. A content-free test 4: Non-responsive frattling4: Non-responsive frattling is usually found in an:is usually found in an: A gringle. B janket. C kloppie. D uckerpod.
  7. 7. A content-free test 5: Which are exceptions to5: Which are exceptions to the law of lompicality?the law of lompicality? A The miltrip and the nattercup. B The bifid pantrip. C The common queeter. D The flanged ozzer.
  8. 8. A content-free test 6: Which must be present6: Which must be present for parbling to take place?for parbling to take place? A Phlot and runge. B Runge. C Stuke and runge. D Runge and trake.
  9. 9. A content-free test 7: One common disorder of7: One common disorder of an overspragged uckerpodan overspragged uckerpod is:is: A copious vezzling. B intermittent weggerment. C non-responsive frattling. D uneven yerkation.
  10. 10. A content-free test 8: Which of these is the8: Which of these is the correct answer?correct answer? A B C D
  11. 11. A content-free test 1: The usual function1: The usual function ofof grungegrunge prowkers isprowkers is to remove:to remove: A grunges. B snarts. C trigs. D grods. Don’t include a word from the stem in one of the options, or it will make people think it is the correct option.
  12. 12. A content-free test 2: Antigrottification occurs:2: Antigrottification occurs: A on spring mornings. B on summer evenings provided there is no rain before dusk. C on autumn afternoons. D on winter nights. This option looks more probable, because it is longer, and because it is the only one which is qualified.
  13. 13. A content-free test 3: Lurkies suffer from3: Lurkies suffer from trangitis because:trangitis because: A their prads are always underdeveloped. B all their brizes are horizontal. C their curnpieces are usually imperfect. D none of their dringoes can ever adapt. Don’t mix indefinites with definites – indefinites are more likely to be correct. (Indefinites: usually, sometimes, often, seldom…; Definites: all, never, none, and so on)
  14. 14. A content-free test 4: Non-responsive frattling4: Non-responsive frattling is usually found inis usually found in an:an: A gringle. B janket. C kloppie. D uckerpod. Don’t allow the indefinite article (‘an’) to give away the right answer.
  15. 15. A content-free test 5: Which are5: Which are exceptionexceptionss toto the law of lompicality?the law of lompicality? A The miltrip and the nattercup. B The bifid pantrip. C The common queeter. D The flanged ozzer. Don’t ask for something plural, then make just one option plural.
  16. 16. A content-free test 6: Which must be present6: Which must be present for parbling to take place?for parbling to take place? A Phlot and runge. B Runge. C Stuke and runge. D Runge and trake. If it’s not this option, it can’t be any of them (one way of thinking about it!!)
  17. 17. A content-free test 7: One common disorder of7: One common disorder of an overspraggedan overspragged uckerpoduckerpod is:is: A copious vezzling. B intermittent weggerment. C non-responsive frattling. D uneven yerkation.Be careful about overlapping questions! Candidates should look at both questions, and get maximum thinking.
  18. 18. A content-free test 8: Which of these is the8: Which of these is the correct answer?correct answer? A B C D There was a pattern. ‘D’ is due to come up again.
  19. 19. A content-free test Correct answers:Correct answers: 1 A 2 B 3 C 4 D 5 A 6 B 7 C 8 D

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