Misleading question statistics

I threw this question into the 2014 Christmas quiz with no real expectation that anyone would get it. The (possibility of a) Technological Singularity is something every kid needs to grow up being aware of, so this was my contribution to building awareness.

Fake certainty

But look! 40% got it! That is double the guess rate, so we can conclude that one student in 5 actually knew the answer.

Or can we? Continue reading

Beginners’ guide to Checkbox questions

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Checkbox questions (aka “choose-n”) are our second most-popular question type. They are simpleĀ andĀ versatile, and you can often replace a whole list of choose-1 questions with a simple choose-n. They also contain a few booby-traps for the Continue reading

Beginners’ guide to multiple-choice questions

These are the absolute basic basics of how a “choose-one” type multiple choice question works, for new authors. Here is a typical question:

The components are: the STEM (question); typically 4 OPTIONS (aka FOILS), comprising the KEY (the right answer) and 3 DISTRACTORS (the wrong answers).

The stem (question). Make sure you Continue reading

How to improve the quality of your quiz

Where a particular quiz appears in the search rankings depends on a combination of relevance to the search and quality. If you improve the quality, your quiz will rise up the search rankings.

1. Here is where to see the quality ranking. Note that although we show popularity, it does not affect ranking.

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2. Click the Edit button. You only see Continue reading