Multiple choice test questions can be an effective and efficient way to assess learning outcomes. The key to taking advantage of its strengths, however, is construction of good multiple choice items.

Why Would I Use Multiple Choice Questions?
Multiple choice questions can be used to assess a broad range of content in a brief period. Skillfully written items can measure higher order cognitive skills and can be scored quickly.
When Can I Use Multiple Choice Questions?
Multiple choice questions are best used for checking if students have learned facts and routine procedures, ideally one (or sometimes multiple) clearly correct answer(s).

Krista Hoffmann-Longtin

Assistant Dean for Faculty Affairs and Professional Development
Assistant Professor of Communication Studies, Indiana University Purdue University Indianapolis