retirement: a multiple choice test


A former colleague and I were email-discussing how best to construct multiple choice tests. I don’t care any more, really, having retired from teaching, but the discussion came out of his inquiries about best-practices. The talk turned to best-use and best construction of distractors (i.e. the not-correct answer choices in the list of multiple choices).

The email thread then turned to chatting about retirement — mine (in progress) and his (imminent). I was giving my opinion about the process of becoming retired, eliminating this, that, and the other from the list of obligations and tasks. Then, before clicking ‘send’, I looked up at the subject line of the email, which was still ‘multiple choice questions’.

This occurred to me:

Retirement is definitely multiple choice, plus it’s all about eliminating the distractors in order to get it right.

Oh, what a wise thought that was, ya? Just thought I’d share.

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A gardenia flower in my retirement garden.
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One thought on “retirement: a multiple choice test

  1. Multiple choice: I’d love to hear what others believe. I’m for 3 distractors and 1 correct choice, not 6 distractors (the issue which brought up my concern.Retirement: Life has 3 stages: Part I: the growing up part; Part II: the work-family-relation part; Part III: (imminent) Getting ready for retirement (there’s an awful lot of related paperwork and planning to consider — esp if you didn’t start in Part II!

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