Writing Multiple Choice Questions to Assess Analysis

Here are some tips to consider when writing Multiple Choice Test Questions to assess Bloom’s learning objective, Analysis (Bloom and Krathwohl, 1956.)

  • The process of analysis requires a candidate to collapse the studied material into parts, to understand the different components of these parts and the relationships between the parts.  They can then identify the reasoning behind the material and apply this to identifying fact and opinion in relation to the material.  
  • When writing questions to assess a candidate’s analytical skills you may choose to ask the student to compare, separate, deduce or illustrate.
  • It would be beneficial to present the student with a visual aid or a clear ‘memory-aid’ situation to support the question. These questions are often used to test analysis in areas such as law or when identifying a patient’s symptoms to reach a medical conclusion.

Note: The purpose of these articles is to provide you with general advice in the fields of assessment and testing. These articles are not intended to replace any regulations or instructions provided by your organisation, but may be used in conjunction with these materials to support the assessment process.

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