Objectively Scored Test Items
Source of Publication
The TESOL Encyclopedia of English Language Teaching
The objectively scored test item is one of the most commonly used in assessment today. It is, by and large, one of the most common formats for assessments of L2 learners' listening, reading and, to some extent, writing. Using questions with an objectively scored format has a number of advantages including increased reliability—a larger sample of questions test takers are able to complete in a set time. They also take much less time to mark and analyze. However, this question format also has disadvantages. If not well written, they may not assess the learning objectives they are designed to test or may limit the kind of information that can be assessed in the questions. That being said, if the questions are well written, they can provide classroom teachers with a plethora of information about their students' knowledge and abilities and a balanced learning experience.
John Wiley & Sons, Inc.
Coombe, Christine; Wiens, Beth; and Marshall, Linda, "Objectively Scored Test Items" (2018). All Works. 2531.
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