An assessment of functioning and non-functioning distractors in multiple-choice questions: a descriptive analysis

@article{Tarrant2009AnAO,
  title={An assessment of functioning and non-functioning distractors in multiple-choice questions: a descriptive analysis},
  author={Marie Tarrant and James Ware and Ahmed M A Mohammed},
  journal={BMC Medical Education},
  year={2009},
  volume={9},
  pages={40 - 40}
}
BACKGROUND Four- or five-option multiple choice questions (MCQs) are the standard in health-science disciplines, both on certification-level examinations and on in-house developed tests. Previous research has shown, however, that few MCQs have three or four functioning distractors. The purpose of this study was to investigate non-functioning distractors in teacher-developed tests in one nursing program in an English-language university in Hong Kong. METHODS Using item-analysis data, we… CONTINUE READING
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