Knowledge level content
Evaluating student understanding of popular misconceptions
Concepts with two logical responses
Can test large amounts of content
Students can answer 3-4 questions per minute
They are easy
It is difficult to discriminate between students that know the material and students who don't
Students have a 50-50 chance of getting the right answer by guessing
Need a large number of items for high reliability
Avoid double negatives.
Avoid long/complex sentences.
Use specific determinants with caution: never, only, all, none, always, could, might, can, may, sometimes, generally, some, few.
Use only one central idea in each item.
Don't emphasize the trivial.
Use exact quantitative language
Don't lift items straight from the book.
Make more false than true (60/40). (Students are more likely to answer true.)