5 Types of Exam Questions: Characteristics, Pros & Cons

Different types of exam questions make for a rich test structure, which applies to a wide range of students. Learn about their characteristics, advantages, and disadvantages in this article.

In the previous article, we learned 7 tips for creating online exams. One of the tips is about choosing the types of exam questions. It is also true for paper-based exams. The questions decide whether a test is good or bad. Thus, writing effective test questions plays an important role to assess students of all levels. Generally, there are two categories of test items: Objective and Subjective.

Objective items ask students to choose the correct answer from several given options. The question can also be a short word/phrase that answers a question or completes a statement. So far, this type of question is very common on both paper and online exams. Objective items include: Multiple Choice, True/False, Completion, and Matching.

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