This study compared the nature of text comprehension as measured by multiple-choice format and open-ended format questions. Participants read a short text while explaining preselected sentences. After reading the text, participants answered open-ended and multiple-choice versions of the same questions based on their memory of the text content. The results indicated that performance on open-ended questions was correlated with the quality of self-explanations, but performance on multiple-choice questions was correlated with the level of prior knowledge related to the text. These results suggest that open-ended and multiple-choice format questions measure different aspects of comprehension processes. The results are discussed in terms of dual process theories of text comprehension.
Comparing Comprehension Measured by Multiple-Choice and Open-Ended QuestionsPsychology Faculty Publications
Citation InformationOzuru, Yasuhiro et al. "Comparing Comprehension Measured by Multiple-Choice and Open-Ended Questions." Canadian Journal of Experimental Psychology 67.3 (2013):15-27.