An update of multiple choice questions (MCQs): the sequential multiple choice questions (SMCQs)

Authors

  • V. Carta Medicinal-Chemistry Department, Faculty of Pharmacy, University of Bari, Italy
  • A. Catalano Medicinal-Chemistry Department, Faculty of Pharmacy, University of Bari, Italy
  • M. Ferappi Medicinal-Chemistry Department, Faculty of Pharmacy, University of Bari, Italy
  • G. Lentini Medicinal-Chemistry Department, Faculty of Pharmacy, University of Bari, Italy
  • F. Palluotto Medicinal-Chemistry Department, Faculty of Pharmacy, University of Bari, Italy
  • P. Tortorella Medicinal-Chemistry Department, Faculty of Pharmacy, University of Bari, Italy
  • V. Tortorella Medicinal-Chemistry Department, Faculty of Pharmacy, University of Bari, Italy

Keywords:

pharmacy continuing education, professional education, skill evaluation

Abstract

This report describes the process of developing a new type of multiple-choice question (MCQ), called sequential multiple-choice questions (SMCQs), in order to reduce the probability of answering correctly by chance and contrast the students’ tendency to copy. In SMCQs the five possible answers to a question are connected to one another on an approximation scale towards the most probable answer.

References

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Section

Research Article