The Use of Multiple Choice Questions with Explanations for Economic Assessment

17 Pages Posted: 31 Jan 2009

Date Written: December 23, 2008

Abstract

Dissatisfaction with the use of multiple choice tests as a means of evaluating the comprehension of students led to experimentation with a hybrid form that combined multiple choice questions with written explanations for why the particular answer was chosen. A comparison of the multiple choice component of such tests with the written component shows not only a poor correlation between the two sets of results but what was more disturbing, a poor rank correlation. Combining the two forms of assessment was shown to be not only a more accurate means of judging the understanding of students but allowed tests to be set in ways which probed far more deeply into student abilities.

JEL Classification: A20, A21, A22

Suggested Citation

Kates, Steven, The Use of Multiple Choice Questions with Explanations for Economic Assessment (December 23, 2008). Available at SSRN: https://ssrn.com/abstract=1335987 or http://dx.doi.org/10.2139/ssrn.1335987

Steven Kates (Contact Author)

RMIT University ( email )

Business
Level 12, 239 Bourke Street
Melbourne, Victoria 3000
Australia

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