Test item writing: 3Cs for successful tests

Tim Bristol, Walden University


Developing a quality test is a challenge for even the most seasoned educator. Creating examination questions that assess learning is both an art and a science. The art is the ability to paint a picture of a clinical experience using clear, concise language that will assess the student's ability to apply concepts learned. The science is equally challenging. The science of examination development includes creating a logical, ordered road map for testing and utilizing data to continually enhance the quality of tests.