A new format for multiple-choice testing: Discrete-Option Multiple-Choice. Results from early studies

Psychology Science Quarterly. 2009;51(4):355-369

 

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Journal Title: Psychology Science Quarterly

ISSN: 1866-6140 (Print)

Publisher: Pabst Science Publishers

LCC Subject Category: Philosophy. Psychology. Religion: Psychology

Country of publisher: Germany

Language of fulltext: English

 

AUTHORS

DAVID FOSTER
HAROLD L. MILLER

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Abstract | Full Text

The standard multiple-choice format has remained relatively unchanged for nearly 100 years, even over the past 25 years as multiple-choice tests have been computerized. We introduce a unique version of the multiple-choice format that has the potential to improve a test’s measurement and security properties, along with other advantages. We summarize our research with college students on course-level exams to demonstrate these benefits and to establish the Discrete-Option Multiple-Choice (DOMC) format as not only a viable way to measure skills and content knowledge, but an essential one.