Multiple Choice vs. All that Apply Questions

Question: Most of my questions are Multiple Choice. Occasionally I include some All that Apply questions. The test takers hate them because they think they are more difficult. What should I do? 

Answer: Your test takers are correct: They are, in general, more difficult. There’s nothing wrong with that. In fact a good test will have a range of question difficulties. If you want to make them “easier” you have two choices:

  • Indicate in the stem how many choices are correct (e.g. In the following list of animals, select the three that are carnivores).
  • Give partial credit (if your testing system allows it).

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