Three Options Are Optimal for Multiple‐Choice Items: A Meta‐Analysis of 80 Years of Research

@article{Rodriguez2005ThreeOA,
  title={Three Options Are Optimal for Multiple‐Choice Items: A Meta‐Analysis of 80 Years of Research},
  author={Michael C. Rodriguez},
  journal={Educational Measurement: Issues and Practice},
  year={2005},
  volume={24},
  pages={3-13}
}
Multiple-choice items are a mainstay of achievement testing. The need to adequately cover the content domain to certify achievement proficiency by producing meaningful precise scores requires many high-quality items. More 3-option items can be administered than 4- or 5-option items per testing time while improving content coverage, without detrimental effects on psychometric quality of test scores. Researchers have endorsed 3-option items for over 80 years with empirical evidence—the results of… 

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