Title

What's best for multiple-choice questions: three, four or five?

RIS ID

96290

Publication Details

Wilson, I. (2014). What's best for multiple-choice questions: three, four or five?. The Clinical Teacher, 11 (7), 568-570.

Abstract

For many years there has been a continuing discussion about the ideal number of choices in a multiple- choice question (MCQ). The debate has been centred on being able to ask more questions in a given time with a small number of options and reducing the impact of guessing with a larger number of options. This paper describes a trial of three- , four- , and fi ve- choice MCQ papers, and the impact on medical and pharmacy students.

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Link to publisher version (DOI)

http://dx.doi.org/10.1111/tct.12325