Writing exam questions

When writing exam questions, make sure students aren’t unfairly cornered into regurgitating the exact answer you’re looking for. Sometimes questions are straightforward, as in 2+2=4. Many times you’d be surprised at 1) how they read the question differently, and 2) how many ways you could approach a certain question. I finally realized that when I had to explain to students “yes, but that’s not what I was looking for there”, I had created a dilemma.

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