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Designing Effective Multiple-Choice Items for Chemistry

WEBINAR (1 hour) recorded September 25, 2018


As teachers begin the school year, planning often involves a focus on assessment. Multiple-choice questions are commonly used on chemistry tests, despite the fact that many teachers have never been trained in how to write them. AP chemistry teachers face the challenge of finding multiple-choice items that are similar in style and format to those that appear on the AP exam. The theme of this webinar is the process of writing items that emphasize conceptual understanding and higher-order cognitive skills.

Co-presenters Michael Farabaugh and Linda Cummings have experience as both AP readers and item writers for the AP exam. They will not only discuss techniques for improving the quality of existing questions but also provide suggestions for how to get started when writing your own. Although this webinar will be beneficial for teachers of AP chemistry, it is intended for any teacher who wants to learn more about the construction of multiple-choice items.