MCQs get a mention in Glenys Stacey’s speech at the recent Westminster Education Forum A Level Reform event.
We also found differences in assessment [comparable international qualifications], for example, the more prevalent use of sophisticated multiple choice items in assessment elsewhere. Here we find multiple choice less attractive, and associate it with lower demand – and yet we can see that designed well, it can be sufficiently challenging and enable much more of the subject to be assessed. Of course it suits some subjects much more than others.
Will we see an increase in the use of some of the more sophisticated MCQ designs?