Writing Even Better Tests

Staff members of the BYU Testing Services office (in Provo, UT) have compiled the following guides for faculty use. Each guide contains a wealth of information intended to facilitate the critically important and challenging task of creating meaningful and useful tests. UWGB faculty and staff are encouraged to contact Testing Services for further and more specific assistance.

  1. How to Prepare Better Tests: Guidelines for University Faculty (121k) - A complete guide to improve tests and scoring.
  2. How to Prepare Better Multiple-Choice Test Items: Guidelines for University Faculty (135k) - A detailed guide to help you make better multiple-choice questions.
  3. How to Prepare Effective Essay Questions: Guidelines for University Faculty (291k) - A detailed guide to help you make better essay questions.

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