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Students Can Write Good Exam Questions

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Students Can Write Good Exam Questions

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I recently discovered a 2014 study that reported on student-generated multiple-choice questions. It was the results that really caught my attention: “We find that these first-year students are capable of producing very high quality questions and explanations” (Bates, Galloway, Riise, & Horner, 2014, p. 10). The research team reported that 75 percent of the student questions met these criteria: they were “clear, correct, require more than simple factual recall to answer, and possess a correct solution and plausible distractors” (p. 10). That’s impressive!

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