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I hate the way standard wiki deals with picture placement and flow of text so I just made a very terrible line to separate the illustrations from the rest of the text (because text was commin up all over the place where I didn't want it to be.

(do you seriously have to make tables to make images with captions come up on a line and other text to come up before and after it?)

MrMambo 23:24, 25 Apr 2004 (UTC)

This page needs some sprucing up. The example question in particular, seeing as how the answer given is incorrect (2 * .5 = .25. The correct answer would be 1, which isn't an option - which illustrates another negative for these sorts of tests). I think the guarantee that one of the answers listed is correct, and the ability to ferret out incorrect answers should probably be listed in the benefits/negatives section, probably as a negative. For example, the Nation Latin Exams use multiple choice tests, and I consistently managed to achieve a 90-somethingth percentile when taking it for this reason, despite having barely passed the course. Hardly an accurate reflection of what I'd learned. I suppose there's an argument to be made for it as a benefit, but I'm not the one to do so. --Xanzzibar 18:03, 12 Aug 2004 (UTC)

Ummm...2x + 3 = 4, hmmm... 2x = 1, x = .5 (divide both sides by two). Do you know how to do math?--naryathegreat 22:32, Aug 19, 2004 (UTC)

You're correct, I was squaring for some reason. I was obviously having a brain fart day. No need to be insulting. --Xanzzibar 06:17, 20 Aug 2004 (UTC)


This really needs to be considered merging with multiple choice question. They cover different aspects of the same thing, and they really aren't separate concepts. -- Natalinasmpf 04:43, 11 October 2005 (UTC)


I was asked about the "stem" of a multiple choice question. I don't know the answer and looked it up here, and I am chagrined not to find it. I assume the stem is the actual question, not the answer choices. Could someone who knows add this information to the article? Thanks.

Have added short part on the struture of an MCQ: stem, question, answer options. Yeknodd 09:38, 3 August 2006 (UTC)

badly written multichoice[edit]

something should be said about badly written, multichoice (eg those provided by teachers, who have no trainging in the makeing of multichoice questions) which are as involved as longer written (read: short answer or calculation) but are not worth as many marks, and don't provide working space. Oxinabox1 13:12, 31 May 2007 (UTC)

Electronic Marking[edit]

There should at least be some mention of this - perhaps under the "advantages" heading. No other type of test done on paper can be marked without human involvement. (talk) 06:42, 16 November 2008 (UTC)

Its Not All About Assessment[edit]

This document seems only to consider the use of MCQ as an assessment aid. What about its use in surveys and evaluative research? —Preceding unsigned comment added by Scottie UK (talkcontribs) 11:39, 18 August 2010 (UTC)

Title of the page[edit]

Hey guys,

I think that MCQ stands for "Multiple Choice Questions"; shouldn't it be said in the first line of the definition (since MCQ redirects here)?

If we go further, shouldn't "Multiple Choice Questions" be title of the page? — Preceding unsigned comment added by (talk) 07:52, 5 August 2011 (UTC)

Thorndike and Kelly[edit]

I don't understand the ultimate conclusion(s) of the second paragraph in the article:

Although E. L. Thorndike developed an early multiple choice test, Frederick J. Kelly was the first to use such items as part of a large scale assessment.[2] While Director of the Training School at Kansas State Normal School (now Emporia State University) in 1915, he developed and administered the Kansas Silent Reading Test. Soon after, Kelly became the third Dean of the College of Education at the University of Kansas. The first all multiple choice, large scale assessment was the Army Alpha, used to assess the intelligence of World War I military recruits.

After dismissing Thorndike's "early" test, we are told that Kelly was the first to use multiple choice for "large scale assessment". At the paragraph's end we are then told the Army Alpha test was the first "large scale assessment"; which, it turns out, was created by Thorndike. I can't find a date for Thorndike's test, but America entered WWI in 1917, so presumably Kelly was first, but followed very closely by Thorndike. The paragraph should be rewritten for clarity. (talk) 00:16, 21 November 2011 (UTC)

"All of the above" discussion[edit]

As the vast majority of multiple choice tests instruct the test taker to "choose the best answer," the article's statement about the invalidity of the "all of the above" answer choice is false. If one selected A,B, or C and the answer was D (all of the above), then one would be wrong, since A, B, or C would not be the best answer. I propose that the sentence about "all of the above" answers be deleted or clarified. — Preceding unsigned comment added by (talk) 04:48, 26 November 2015 (UTC)

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