Multiple-Choice Exams: Alternative Formats

Some instructional practices rarely change. Even though the teacher using them may have concerns about the approach, it may feel as though there isn't any other way. Multiple-choice exams are a good example. Too often they encourage superficial learning, with students memorizing and then forgetting answers. They don't challenge students to think deeply. Missed answers are missed opportunities for learning. But can the format be changed? If you don't think so, consider these alternatives.

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