How to write good True / False Questions

True and False Questions consist of a question and two answer options. More often than not, the answer options used are 'True and False'. You can however use other options, such as 'Yes' and 'No', 'I Agree' and 'I Disagree'.

Also known as: TF, binary choice questions, objective

Use True and False Questions to Assess:

  • Recognizing facts
  • Reflection of materials learned
  • Knowledge check

Question Usage Ideas:

  • Statement Analysis
  • Feedback
  • Item Analysis
  • Pre Tests
  • Surveys

Advantages of True and False Questions:

  • Can customize to use 'Yes' and 'No' or 'I Disagree' and 'I Agree'
  • Easy to grade on paper
  • Automatically graded online
  • Can be answered quickly by Test takers
  • Large range of content can be tested
  • Questions are easy to create

Disadvantages of True and False Questions:

  • Takes time to create questions
  • There's a 50% chance of users getting the question correct
  • Hard to determine who knows the material and who doesn't
  • Can be “too easy”
  • Users can just check an answer without any comprehension of the question


Tips for creating True and False Questions

  • Keep question text to a minimum
  • Add more 'false' questions than 'true'. Users tend to choose 'true' more than they do 'false'.
  • Use your own wording
  • Avoid using double negatives
  • Use only one fact/statement per each question
  • Keep the statement either all true or all false - no in between
  • Be clear with your wording
  • Keep both true and false statements the same length
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You're a Pro if You Know:

  • You can customize 'true' and 'false' answers (Eg, 'Yes' and 'No', 'I Agree' and 'I Disagree')
  • How to add custom feedback for both correct/incorrect answers
  • You can change the 'true' and 'false' text into another language
  • True / False Questions are automatically graded