Sample questions - Written questions
1. The dog has a 6mm tumor on the side of the body, what could it be?
a. A blister
b. A rock
c. A lipoma
d. An Abscess
- The stem should be longer and more specific. There should not be a repeated term or form of a word in
the options. –oma also means tumor. The exception would be if all the options had –oma at the end making
the options uniform.
2. A way to get to Denver, Co is by
a. A bus
b. A car
c. A plane
d. Roller skates
- The stem is not clear. All of the options could be true depending on who is reading the question. If you
live five minutes down the road from Denver roller skates might actually work.
3. When entering a room, detectives began their investigation starting from the floor and ending with the
ceiling. First they looked for any obvious blood, next they should take pictures of
a. Dust for prints
b. The door frame
c. Test for gunpowder residue
d. The rug
e. The windowsill
- Two of the options are grammatically incorrect allowing a good test taker to eliminate them immediately.
Grammatical errors or non-logical answers are usually the distractors.
4. When using yeast for baking, what should or should not be used?
a. Warm water (about 70- 90degrees F)
b. Always use hot water
c. Cold water
d. Never use salt
- We should not use absolutes, always or never. Absolutes are usually incorrect and help out the good test
taker. When this occurs you are no longer testing their knowledge on the material, but their ability to
take a test.
5. What color do people associate with feeling mad or embarrassed?
- Distractors, incorrect answers, should be homogenous with the correct answer. All of the answers
should have been a color
6. Which of the following is true about cats?
a. They have nine lives
b. They usually hate dogs
c. They sweat from the pads of their feet
d. They always need to live indoors.
- The stem contains an insufficient amount of information to answer the question without referencing the
options first. The options provided should not use absolutes or vague terms; this may cause some
confusion and not allow a proper ranking of the options.