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MULTIPLE-CHOICE TESTS - A TOOL IN THE ASSESSING KNOWLEDGE

A. Lopes, L. Babo, J. Azevedo, C. Torres

ISCAP/IPP (PORTUGAL)
The purpose of this paper is to analyse if Multiple-Choice Tests may be considered an interesting alternative for assessing knowledge, particularly in the Mathematics area, as opposed to the traditional methods, such as open questions exams.
In this sense we illustrate some opinions of the researchers in this area.
Often the perception of the people about the construction of this kind of exams is that they are easy to create. But it is not true! Construct well written tests it’s a hard work and needs writing ability from the teachers.
Our proposal is analyse the construction difficulties of multiple - choice tests as well as some advantages and limitations of this type of tests. We also show the frequent critics and worries, since the beginning of this objective format usage.
Finally in this context some examples of Multiple-Choice Items in the Mathematics area are given, and we illustrate as how we can take advantage and improve this kind of tests.