Multiple choice/single best answer/extended matching

An unseen exam in which students are given a range of possible answers to each question and asked to select the correct one.

Pros: Can cover a large quantity of material in a short time. Easy to administer using machine-readable forms or through online testing. Can produce very high GPAs as the possibility of 100% success rates (theoretically) possible in each paper.

Cons: Allows for the possibility of the ‘lucky guess’ and thus may not be a reliable test of knowledge. Tests only limited types of predominantly factual knowledge and then not in any depth.

Workload guide

Preparation time Low Student workload Medium Marking time Low


Guide to time involved in preparation, marking, and student workload:  Low Low  Medium Medium  High High

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