Are we testing students accurately? How multiple-choice exam questions increase the gender gap in test scores

Melbourne Institute Research Insight No. 05/21

Date: May 2021


Silvia Griselda


Standardised exams, often used to test students and screen job candidates, regularly include multiple-choice questions. But, do multiple choice tests lead to an unfair comparison between students? This Research Insight suggests men have an advantage in multiple-choice questions compared to other formats of assessments.

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