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).