Good arguments can be made for both methods. I personally use both but not on the same test. I teach at the Algebra 2 level and one of my personal goals is preparing students for the SAT/ACT. I use multiple choice tests about 50% of the time. I believe that taking a multiple choice math test is a learned skill. When not using multiple choice test I give a "fill in the blank" test. Standard question format but an answer blank for the answer--no partial credit. the kids actually prefer the "fill in the blank" test. Oh yeah same test bank simply different format and at least 4 versions of each test.
-- Bob Houston 1759 Cuba Road Bridgeport, Texas 76426 firstname.lastname@example.org Larina Thomas <email@example.com> wrote in message news://firstname.lastname@example.org... > Hello, > > I have been in many discussions about multiple choice questions. I have > read that multiple choice questions are good to introduced to students. > This will help them with process of elimination on a real standardized > test. However, some people I have spoken too do not agree. They > believe in the old fashion way of doing math (do not give answer > choices) allow students to work out the answers. What do you think? > > Larina