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Multiple-Choice: Choosing the Best Options for More Effective and Less Frustrating Law School Testing

19 Pages Posted: 2 Apr 2009  

Janet Fisher

Suffolk University Law School

Date Written: April 2, 2009

Abstract

Multiple-choice testing presents challenges and frustrations not only for the students who take the tests, but also for the doctrinal faculty who prepare and score the tests and for the academic support faculty who work with students having difficulty with multiple-choice tests. This article discusses means by which the multiple-choice testing experience in law school could be improved for both students and faculty. After a brief overview of the history of multiple-choice testing, the article describes problems that arise in connection with multiple-choice testing and the possible effects of flawed multiple-choice questions. The article then reviews basic multiple-choice item-writing guidelines and some general principles of test validity. For this, the article draws upon the work of law professor Michael Josephson and testing authority Thomas Haladyna. Finally, the article evaluates appeal and answer-justification procedures that could be used to enhance multiple-choice testing.

Suggested Citation

Fisher, Janet, Multiple-Choice: Choosing the Best Options for More Effective and Less Frustrating Law School Testing (April 2, 2009). Capital University Law Review, Vol. 37, p. 119, 2008; Suffolk University Law School Research Paper No. 09-21. Available at SSRN: https://ssrn.com/abstract=1372282

Janet Fisher (Contact Author)

Suffolk University Law School ( email )

120 Tremont Street
Boston, MA 02108-4977
United States

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