ERIC Number: ED200648
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1981-Apr
Reference Count: 0
Some Advantages of Alternate-Choice Test Items.
Ebel, Robert L.
An alternate-choice test item is a simple declarative sentence, one portion of which is given with two different wordings. For example, "Foundations like Ford and Carnegie tend to be (1) eager (2) hesitant to support innovative solutions to educational problems." The examinee's task is to choose the alternative that makes the sentence most nearly true. There is no element of verbal knowledge, no mental ability that cannot be tested through the use of alternate-choice items. These items are relatively simple to write and to use. They are not limited to testing recall of factual details. In a study comparing a test of alternate-choice items with an equivalent test of true-false items, 28 students enrolled in an educational measurement course were rewarded for taking both tests by using only the higher of the two test scores to determine their final grades. Statistical analysis of the results from these tests showed that the tests composed of alternate-choice items were somewhat less difficult and considerably more reliable than were the true-false tests. (Author/RL)
Publication Type: Speeches/Meeting Papers; Reports - Research; Opinion Papers
Education Level: N/A
Authoring Institution: N/A
Identifiers: Item Discrimination (Tests); Kuder Richardson Reliability Formulas
Note: Paper presented at the Annual Meeting of the National Council on Measurement in Education (Los Angeles, CA, April 11-17, 1981).