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Writing multiple choice test items form the UM office of Measurement Servies Multiple-Choice (MC) items have many advantages that make them widely used and highly regarded. They also have disadvantages, some of which can be reduced by careful attention to good item-writing and item analysis practice. This resource describes advantages and disadvantages of Multiple-Choice Items, General Guidelines, Item Stem Guidelines, and Item Options Guidelines. Links from this page also provide information about item analysis (overall test reliability and about individual items) and descriptive statistics.