Workshop participants will learn how to construct multiple-choice questions that avoid common pitfalls that unintentionally mislead learners or fail to assess meaningful learning.  Use of test-item analyses to evaluate the reliability of multiple-choice tests will also be explained.  Participants will discuss and evaluate example questions and test-item data, and are encouraged to bring their own examples to work with during the workshop.


Upon completion, workshop participants will be able to:

  1. Describe steps in the Testing Cycle.
  2. Design a blueprint for a multiple-choice assessment
  3. Use established “rules” for writing multiple-choice questions that effectively and reliably measure learner knowledge.
  4. Recognize potentially flawed test items, as revealed by item construct and/or item analysis


Jay Parkes, PhD, Educational Psychology Program; Individual, Family, and Community Education, UNM


The University of New Mexico School of Medicine is accredited by the Accreditation Council for Continuing Medical Education to provide continuing medical education for physicians.

The University of New Mexico School of Medicine designates this educational activity for a maximum of 1.75 AMA PRA Category 1 Credits™. Physicians should claim only the credit commensurate with the extent of their participation in the activity.

Registration Information

CME certified events are subject to registration fees. Registration and fee schedule information appears below.

Upon registration, you will receive a confirmation email including additional workshop information and instructions regarding remitting payment, if applicable.

Registration Fees

The deadline to register for CME certified workshops is 10 business days prior to the date of the event.

Dollar Amount Class of Registrant Types of Payment Accepted


UNM/HSC Employee

Tuition remission benefit (for eligible UNM employees), credit card or personal check


Non-UNM participant

Credit card or personal check


UNM students of any level, residents, fellows, postdocs, preceptors, or volunteer faculty

Sponsored by the UNM School of Medicine Office of Education


The following categories of registrants, sponsored by the UNM School of Medicine Office of Education, may (if eligible) receive CME credit without incurring a registration fee: UNM students of any level, residents, fellows, postdocs, preceptors, or volunteer faculty. If an alternate of payment than those listed is required, please contact CPL prior to registration.

1) Payment of registration fees is due no later than five (5) business days prior to the event. Please see registration form for more information.

2) Full refunds are available to those providing written or email cancellation requests up to one week prior to the event date. Refunds less a $40 administration fee will be available to those who provide written cancellation within five (5) business days of the event date. No refunds will be provided to those who register but fail to attend, or who cancel their registration on the day of the event.

To arrange for a special session for your group, e-mail or call (505) 272-3942.

Upcoming Workshops

January 27, 2021, 10:00 am-12:00 pm
Register by 1/13/2021