Simple Strategies for Better Quizzes

quiz-picQuizzing is an integral part of any learning program. We use quizzes to verify that someone understands the key takeaways of the course content, and can apply those principles accordingly.

Many continuing education programs require that a quiz is successfully passed (in addition to other criteria) before the user receives credit for the course. In a schooling environment, passing quizzes is how students progress to the next grade.

It is no wonder that quizzing is also used quite heavily in elearning.

Creating an effective quiz takes considerable effort. Still, you can increase the effectiveness of the quiz by following some implementing some simple techniques.

Simple Quizzing Strategies

  • Break-up course content with one to three quiz questions (not graded) after each section. This helps to drive-home the section objectives.
  • Aim for only 20-30% of your questions being “true or false”. True or false questions are often least effective.
  • Multiple choice questions should have four potential options, rarely three.
  • Avoid using “none of the above” as an option for multiple choice. Questions that use this as the actual answer don’t measure learning but run the risk of falling into the “trick question” category, which really isn’t the point of education.
  • Add a time-limit to your final quizzes. This deters people from searching online resources for potential answers.
  • Award points, badges, and certificates for additional motivation.
  • Allow the learner the opportunity to retake the quiz (when applicable).
  • Always use a question bank. This comes in handy in preventing cheating, and also is useful if you plan to allow multiple quiz attempts.
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Justin Ferriman is the co-founder and CEO of LearnDash, the WordPress LMS trusted by the world's leading organizations, such as the University of Michigan, Digital Marketer, WPEngine, and Infusionsoft. Justin has made a career as an elearning consultant where he has implemented large-scale training programs for Fortune 500 companies. Twitter | LinkedIn

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  1. Colin

    …and, ideally, for your final quiz, have a question bank relating to each of the learning objectives which the course seeks to achieve. Then present an appropriate number of questions from each bank to ensure that the quiz each learner receives better covers the whole course.

    If you have a bank of questions for the progress quiz in each lesson of the course then you can use these banks of questions again for the final quiz (maybe with an additional bank of questions based on a collective understanding of all the course objectives).

    Colin

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