Should you start using multiple choice tests? the real.


1. They can be exceptionally rigorous

As Daisy Christodoulou sets out first here, here and then here, counter to our lay-person intuition multiple-choice questions can actually be very difficult to answer well, thus requiring truly concrete and in-depth knowledge.  In the following example:

15. How did the Soviet totalitarian system under Stalin differ from that of Hitler and Mussolini?
A. It built up armed forces.
B. It took away human rights.
C. It made trade unions illegal.
D. It abolished private land ownership.

It wouldn’t be enough to know a bit about about Nazi Germany, you would have to also know something about the regimes of Stalin and Mussolini, and be aware of subtle differences between them.  I think I know the answer to the question… but I’m not certain!

If you’re still unconvinced, just consider Tony Gardiner’s UK Mathematics Challenge, which was sat by pupils across…

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About Kris Boulton

Teach First 2011 maths teacher, focussed on curriculum design.
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