This type of questions is commonly used to evaluate one's capability to determine whether the statement is correct. True/False question is a declarative statement of fact that the student must decide as true or false.
The following are advantages and disadvantages of True/False questions.
- Possibility to examine a lot of information in a short time (approximately two questions per minute)
- Only two possible alternatives are required to make the question useful.
- Doesn't require to spend a lot of time on reading unlike multiple-choice questions.
- Reliable and easy scoring system.
- Complex outcomes can be achieved when used with interpretive exercises.
- High probability of guessing in comparison with any other task.
- Difficulties while writing questions beyond the knowledge level that are free from ambiguity.
- Answers to the questions must be 100% true or false.
- Questions may be too simplistic for students, and thus, care must be taken.
- Impossible to accurately evaluate learner's actual understanding of the material.
TIPS FOR CONSTRUCTING TRUE/FALSE QUESTIONS
- Write statements as clearly as possible, it must be definitely true or definitely false.
- Statements must be relatively short and to the point.
- Eliminate multiple ideas or notions; only one idea must be presented.
- Try to make true and false statements the same length.
- Provide the same number of true and false questions.
- The statement must be unequivocally true or false, any exceptions are not allowed.
- Ask students to circle T or F for each question, because the letter written by the student can lead to debate.
- Avoid using complex sentences, negative constructions, and verbal clues.
- Do not use words such as 'sometimes', 'some', 'most likely', usually not', 'best', 'worst', it can lead to ambiguity.
- Always randomize the order of right and false answers.
- Do not take statements directly from the source.
FORMAT of True/False questions
A or B Responses
This format requires to darken the circle under A or B on the answers sheet. If the statement is true, the student must darken the circle under A, if the statement is false the student must darken B. Question number that the student is marking on the answers sheet must correspond to the question number of the question the student is answering.
This format requires circling one of the letters in front of each question. If the statement is correct the student must circle the letter 'C', if the statement is incorrect, the student must circle the letter 'I'.
Circle Format with Correction
This format requires not only to circle the appropriate letter but also write the specific part of the statement that is false. Additionally, it is required to rewrite the incorrect part.
Check All That Apply
This format requires choosing from the list of answer options. Questions of this type are used when a student needs to select more than one response.
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