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Developing Fine Arts Assessments
Integrating Fine Arts Across the Curriculum
Assessment Outcomes and Implications

Selected Response Item Formats and Examples
Matching  Multiple Choice  True-False
Check all Responses that Apply  Mark a Visual Field


True-False items require determining into which of two categories—true or false—a statement falls.   The same format may be used for other dichotomous categories such as correct-incorrect, fact-opinion, yes-no, plausible-implausible, etc.  


  • Efficient in terms of testing time


  • More likely to encourage guessing


  • Include only one concept in each statement;
  • Avoid phrasing in the negative; and
  • Create a roughly equivalent number of true items and false items
  • Avoid signaling the correct response through differences in statement length or complexity of language

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Example (PDF: 16KB)

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