To create a multiple choice question:

When you finish editing the question, you can click OK to save the question and close the Question Editing window. Also, you can click the New Question button to save the current question and create another Multiple Choice question.

 1. Create a Multiple Choice question

Students often feel that re-reading course material is an effective way to study; however, studies have shown that studying by taking a practice test is more beneficial than simply re-reading. This notion that studying by taking a test greatly increases ones performance on a later assessment is called the testing effect (Roediger & Karpicke, 2006). Building on this finding, Weinstein, McDermott, and Roediger (2010) investigated the benefits that creating an exam can have on later retention. Participants re-read, took a test on, and created short-answer questions about passages, and the results showed a positive effect of generating such questions on later test performance. Due to the abundance of multiple-choice questions in educational settings, it is important to examine the impact of generating such questions on test performance. Some studies (e.g., Kang, McDermott, & Roediger, 2007), found that the testing effect is reduced when a multiple choice test is given compared to short answer test; others, however, have found no difference (Smith & Karpicke, 2013). Thus, this project investigates the benefits of creating multiple choice questions as a study strategy compared to taking a multiple choice exam or re-reading class material.

Creating Multiple Choice Questions

Resource list for creating multiple choice questions:

The Aiken format is a very simple way of creating multiple choice questions using a clear human-readable format. The question must be all on one line. Each answer must start with a capitalized single-letter character, followed by a period '.' or a bracket ')', then a space. Whichever you choose to use, it must be consistent though out the document. The answer line must immediately follow, starting with "ANSWER: " (NOTE: space after : , and all capitalized) and then provide the correct answer letter. To separate each question, place only one line space between each new question. Here is an example of the format: