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How Can I Write Better Exam Questions to Measure Student Performance and Learning?

For faculty seeking advice on writing more effective exam questions, this 20-Minute Mentor provides many tips and strategies for reinvigorating exam question sets to provide students better examinations.


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How Can I Write Better Exam Questions to Measure Student Performance and Learning?

Multiple-choice exam questions can be an effective way of measuring student performance and learning. Refreshing and reinvigorating exam question sets provides students with more effective examinations. But what can instructors do to develop better exam questions?

This 20-Minute Mentor shares suggestions for creating and evaluating exam question sets, with an emphasis on writing good multiple-choice exam questions. These recommendations will help instructors write improved questions to more effectively assess their students’ knowledge of course material.

Learning Goals

After viewing this Magna 20-Minute Mentor, participants will be able to:

  • Have a better understanding of how to write effective exam questions, especially multiple-choice questions
  • Consider what they might do to improve the effectiveness and fairness of their exam questions
  • Recognize the obligation they have to evaluate and improve their exam questions

Topics Covered

  • Dos and Don’ts for writing multiple-choice questions
  • Incorporating story problems within your questions
  • Allowing students to demonstrate skills via multiple-choice questions
  • The benefits of automated question banks
  • Ways to improve questions over time


This program will benefit:

  • Faculty
  • Educational Developers
  • Instructional Designers


Product Code: PM21CA

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With the purchase of the optional Campus Access License, registrants are granted a license to download the program contents to a password-protected network, server, or website for additional staff use. You will receive information on downloading the contents of the program within 3-5 business days after payment has been received by Magna.

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