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A Framework for Improving the Quality of Multiple-Choice Assessments

Tarrant, Marie PhD, MPH, RN; Ware, James DMSc, MA, MB, FRCS

doi: 10.1097/NNE.0b013e31825041d0
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Multiple-choice questions are frequently used in high-stakes nursing assessments. Many nurse educators, however, lack the necessary knowledge and training to develop these tests. The authors discuss test development guidelines to help nurse educators produce valid and reliable multiple-choice assessments.

Author Affiliations: Associate Professor (Dr Tarrant), School of Nursing, Li Ka Shing Faculty of Medicine, Hong Kong; Director (Dr Ware), Medical Education and Postgraduate Studies, The Saudi Commission for Health Specialties, Riyadh, Saudi Arabia.

The authors declare no conflict of interest.

The authors alone are responsible for the content of this article.

Correspondence: Dr Tarrant, School of Nursing, 4/F, William M. W. Mong Block, Li Ka Shing Faculty of Medicine, 21 Sassoon Road, Hong Kong (

© 2012 Lippincott Williams & Wilkins, Inc.