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Tips for Writing Effective Assessment Questions

The text of the questions should:

  • be as clear and concise as possible
  • not contain ambiguities
  • contain most of the wording
  • not be negative if possible

Answers should:

  • be equally likely
  • approximately the same length
  • internally consistent
  • in relative order (consider whether you will use a randomise answers setting)

The correct answer/s should be:

  • in varied position
  • correct


  • double negatives
  • 'none' or 'all' of the above
  • clues

The Loughborough University CAA Centre's Designing effective objective test questions an introductory workshop document contains further advice on writing effective assessment questions.