Item Review Checklist

  • Is the item relevant to current practice? Does it fit the test outline and item writing assignments?
  • Does the stem pose a single, complete, and well focused problem?
  • Is the problem one that does not require the examinee to express their own value system or personal preference?
  • Is the language in the stem concise and unambiguous?
  • Have extraneous cues to the correct answer been eliminated from the stem and response options?
  • Are all the words spelled out rather than abbreviated and are units designated for measures?
  • Does the stem include all necessary information and no extraneous information?
  • Does the item have three different options?
  • Are the response options grammatically and logically consistent with the stem?
  • Are the options homogenous in content, phrasing and length?
  • Is the keyed response one that experts clearly recognize as the response that is either correct or the best of those presented?
  • Are the distractors plausible, but clearly not defensible as correct?
  • Is the reference indicated correct? Are the pages cited correctly?