Write a better test: the art and science of writing MCQs.

Jim Sturgiss
Aligning practice for better outcomes.
Make a better test: Learn how to write effective MCQs from a professional test designer.
Target Audience
Science teachers K-12
6 reviews
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Learning Areas

Teaching Standards

General Description

Why Multiple Choice Questions (MCQs)?
MCQs have a greater engagement by students than free response items.
MCQs provide more reliable data than free response items.
MCQs can be designed to pinpoint misconceptions.
MCQs are easily mounted on learning management systems such as Edmodo and moodle.

Audience

Science teachers K-12

Available Delivery Formats

Format Description

Blended delivery, products will be shared on forums. Online quizzes support the development of Multiple Choice Questions (MCQ) excellence.


This course contributes to 5.0 professional development hours.

Occurrences

Start Date Location Availability Price    
25/08/2017 Sydney CBD Cancelled $339 + GST

Sessions

SOLO taxonomy: differentiation of student responses

30 minutes

Participants will learn how SOLO taxonomy (the Structure Of Learning Outcomes) can be used to differentiate student responses

Why multiple choice?

30 minutes

Presentation and interactive online quizzes -
Anatomy of a multiple choice item
Syllabus validity, distractor analysis and misconceptions
Do’s and Don’ts

Collaborative writing task

2 hours

Working in pairs:
Using the stimulus brought to the session participants construct 8 – 12 test items.
Item will be located in the syllabus and the SOLO taxonomy will inform the construction of the options.
Share on forum

Panel

1 hour

Participants will review item sets and appraise for:
range of syllabus dot points addressed- syllabus validity
viability of options – use of SOLO
Succinctness of stimulus
Each panel will suggest improvements to test items and add further items for each stimulus.

What To Bring

One engaging stimulus similar in style to those used in VALID Science (ESSA).
Laptop

User Rating

4.8

Latest Reviews

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Write a better test: the art and science of writing MCQs
by Sohini Bhave on 23/03/2017

Band descriptors,syllabus outcomes and maintaining good quality was greatly reinforced.

Write a better test: the art and science of writing MCQs
by BERKAY ORMECI on 23/03/2017

Great instructor,very supportive.

Write a better test: the art and science of writing MCQs
by Selvameenakshi Arunachalam on 23/03/2017

Enjoyed working with a group.Informative,challenging and valuable.

Write a better test: the art and science of writing MCQs
by Andrew Eaton on 13/04/2016

Great stuff. Plenty of good reflection time to work on examples.

Write a better test: the art and science of writing MCQs
by Stephen Smith on 13/04/2016

The writing of questions and the feedback from the questions was very helpful.

Write a better test: the art and science of writing MCQs
13/04/2016

Jim knows his stuff! An expert in science and the pedagogical nature of presenting it. I have now made considerations about the way I will develop assessment and the use of stimuli.


About the team


Jim Sturgiss

Creator

Improving outcomes through aligned teaching practice synergies.

Jim is an educational researcher and independent educational consultant. A recipient of the NSW PTC Distinguished Service Award for leadership in delivering targeted professional learning to teachers, he works with schools to align assessment, reporting and learning practice. He has been a DoE Senior Assessment Advisor where he developed many statewide assessments, (ESSA, SNAP, ELLA, BST) and as Coordinator: Analytics where he developed reports to schools for statewide assessments and NAPLAN.

Selected NSW Department of Education and Communities appointments
2015                            Analytics, Systems and Development Coordinator 
2012 – 2013                School Assessment Design and Development Acting Coordinator (ESSA)
2007 – 2010                Head Teacher Science, Newtown High School of Performing Arts
2004 – 2005                Senior Assessment Officer, Computer Skills Assessment (CSA6)
2004                            Test Development Officer, Secondary Numeracy Assessment Program (SNAP)
2000 – 2004                Head Teacher Science, Concord High School 
1998 – 2000                Senior Assessment Officer, English Language and Literacy Assessment (ELLA)

Teaching Qualifications
1993 – 1997                M.Ed. (Hons) University of New England (Thesis: Literacy & learning in Science) 
1979                            Dip. Ed. University of Wollongong
1976 – 1978                B.Sc. University of Wollongong (Majors in Chemistry and Bioenergetics)