Writing Exams

These guidelines for writing exam items (multiple choice, true-false, matching, short answer, and essay) can help you avoid common pitfalls and refine your tests to get better, more accurate results.

This page outlines specific guidelines to improve the quality and validity of test items. Click a category below to browse guidelines related to the various test item formats.

For additional help in planning, evaluating, or modifying assessments, contact Teaching & Learning Consultant Bryan Bradley at 801-422-8194 or bryan_bradley@byu.edu.

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