ERIC Number: ED163024
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 1978-Jun
Reference Count: N/A
Algorithms for Developing Test Questions from Sentences in Instructional Materials. Interim Report, January-September 1977.
Roid, Gale; Finn, Patrick
The feasibility of generating multiple-choice test questions by transforming sentences from prose instructional materials was examined. A computer-based algorithm was used to analyze prose subject matter and to identify high-information words. Sentences containing selected words were then transformed into multiple-choice items by four writers who generated foils or question alternatives informally and by an algorithmic method. Items were organized into tests and administered to college students before and after they had studied instructional materials. Results indicated that this item-writing technique was feasible, and that algorithmic methods of generating foils produce items of reasonably good quality. (Author/CTM)
Publication Type: Reports - Research
Education Level: N/A
Sponsor: Advanced Research Projects Agency (DOD), Washington, DC.
Authoring Institution: Navy Personnel Research and Development Center, San Diego, CA.