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Multiple Choice Test Development & Pass Point Setting

  • 05/02/2024
  • 05/03/2024
  • 2 sessions
  • 05/02/2024, 1:00 PM 5:00 PM (PDT)
  • 05/03/2024, 1:00 PM 5:00 PM (PDT)
  • Virtual
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Multiple-choice tests can measure a range of different types of knowledge and competencies, and the efficiencies gained from mass administering and scoring of such exams make them a popular assessment tool to use in your exam plans. A well-constructed multiple-choice test will adequately differentiate candidates with high and low levels of knowledge and competencies; however, a poorly constructed multiple-choice exam will generate misleading results and adversely affect your hiring processes.

This course will be offered in two half-day sessions and will combine and cover the essential elements of multiple-choice item writing and editing, and interpreting and analyzing multiple-choice item analysis reports.

The first segment of this course will cover the multiple-choice test construction process to ensure that your recruitment assessments contain enough quality items that reliably measure the necessary knowledge and competencies of the job. The second segment will cover the use and interpretation of item analysis data to evaluate the quality and effectiveness of your multiple-choice items as well as the overall exam.

By the end of this training, you will learn about: 

  • The structure and terminology of a multiple-choice item.
  • Basics and best practices of item writing and editing.
  • The key characteristics of a good test multiple-choice item.
  • Common item flaws and how to avoid them.
  • Writing items that are appropriate for unproctored tests.
  • Using item analysis to identify effective and problematic multiple-choice items
  • Item Analysis terminology (item discrimination, point-biserial correlation, item difficulty, distractor analysis, statistical reliability, and other related statistical concepts).


May 2, 2024 1:00 pm - 5:00 pm

May 3, 2024 1:00 pm - 5:00 pm

About our presenter:

Alycia Leach joined Contra Costa County as a Principal Human Resources Analyst in May 2019, after over 3 years as a Senior Assessment Development Analyst with the City & County of San Francisco. She is an advocate for data-driven test development that will holistically and meaningfully assess candidate skill sets. Alycia's previous experience includes Human Resources functions for NASA and a waste management company in Louisiana. Alycia has a Bachelor's degree in Psychology from Southeastern Louisiana University.


No refunds will be given for cancellations after the early registration deadline, regardless of payment status. If you cancel after the early registration deadline, you will still be responsible for paying the full registration fee.

Cancellations made before the early registration deadline will receive a refund, less a $50 cancellation fee.

Agencies may transfer registration to another employee by contacting the designated contact for that training until 24 hours before the training.


Each participant must register separately. Participants who share their login credentials with others will be removed from the training, and no refunds will be provided. WRIPAC trainings are low-cost interactive workshops, and not designed for participants to share login or registration with others. 

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