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5 Tips For Writing a Better Quiz

06.22.2016

A well written quiz is a key component of an online course: it allows you to evaluate the learner's progress, assess the effectiveness of the training, and allows learners to gauge their own progress. Here are 5 tips for creating awell-written quiz and avoiding the traps of poorly constructed quiz questions.

1. Make sure quiz questions align with your course objectives & content.

The quiz should only have questions related to the topics covered in the course (or a particular section of the course). Never include question on topics that are related but not covered in the course content.

2. Write concise and clear questions.

Limit questions to one or two sentences, max. Avoid complex sentences, ambiguous terms, and slang. Try to use common terminology - the same terms you cover in the course. Keep the wording of the answer choices short and to the point. Give the learner feedback that supports the correct answer, including links back to the content, if possible.

3. Limit answer options.

Try to keep answer options to 4 or 5 at most. Try to avoid using 'all of the above' and 'none of the above' in response choices. Also try to avoid using 'always' and 'never'.

4. Make it easy to differentiate answers.

Don't write response options that all begin with the same word. Response options should be realistic and plausible, and should contain the same amount of detail. Avoid using response options that overlap or are too similar.

5. Choose the right question type for the job.

Different types of content require different types of quiz questions. A linear process would be well suited to a sequencing question, while a multiple choice question might be better suited to assess the learner's knowledge of regulations.

By incorporating these 5 tips into your quiz writing process you can improve the quality of your quizzes, and the quality of the learner's experience as well.