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Multiple-choice question

Use multiple-choice questions when you want learners to find multiple correct responses.

Written Olga Kuzmenko

The multiple-choice question offers several choices with more than just one correct option.

This question type is best used for checking knowledge on a series of facts or procedures that have more than one reasonable choice.

How to create a multiple-choice question in Easygenerator

  • Select the multiple-choice question from the left-hand panel and add it to a section.
  • Add a question title and instruction (tip: specify how many answers should be chosen).
  • Fill in the answer options. Click the ‘Add answer option’ button to create more options. Mark the correct responses.
  • Create feedback for correct and incorrect answers.
  • Optional: add a voice over, consider enabling the survey mode.

Multiple-choice editor

Tips for writing good multiple-choice questions

  • The question instruction should be meaningful and state a specific problem that focuses on the learning objective.
  • In the question instruction, specify how many answers should be chosen.
  • Do not use negative phrases unless absolutely necessary. They confuse the learners.
  • Use 3-5 alternatives per question. Research shows that three-choice items are about as effective as four or five-choice items, mainly because it is difficult to come up with plausible distractors. More than 5 alternatives may be confusing.
  • Make sure the distractors are credible and realistic, otherwise the correct answers will be too evident.
  • Avoid clues to the correct answers.
  • Keep the options parallel, of similar length and have consistent grammar.
  • Avoid using alternatives like ‘all of the above and ‘none of the above’.