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Writing Multiple Choice Questions:  An Introductory Tutorial. This self-paced, interactive tutorial provides a foundation for writing quality multiple-choice questions.  The tutorial introduces some of the main principles of item writing. It is organized into sections so that you can complete part of it and easily return later. The entire tutorial takes about 45 minutes to complete.  Featured topics include:

  • the anatomy of an item
  • basic rules for writing good stems and options
  • characteristics of a quality "best-answer" item
  • writing items to assess clinical reasoning
  • common item flaws
  • strategies for evaluating test items



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