Selected Response Item Formats and Examples
Matching Multiple Choice True-False
Check all Responses that Apply Mark a Visual Field
Matching items consist of choices of words or phrases in one column (i.e., premises) to which response choices in a second column are matched, along with directions for matching the two. If a given response matches more than one word or phrase, clearly state this possibility in the directions.
- More efficient than a set of multiple-choice items since the same set of response choices may serve different sets of premises
- Easily scored
- Useful mostly for lower level thinking skills
- All entries in each column should fall into a particular category
- Make sure that directions to the student are clear about the type of association to be made
- Make the list of responses longer than the list of premises, and use short and succinct words and phrases
- Either premises or responses should be ordered logically (both lists should not be random)
Example (PDF: 17KB)
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