A computer-aided environment for generating multiple-choice test items

Mitkov, R., Ha, L. A. and Karamanis, N. (2006): A computer-aided environment for generating multiple-choice test items. Natural Language Engineering 12(2). 177-194. Cambridge University Press.

Abstract

This paper describes a novel computer-aided procedure for generating multiple-choice test items from electronic documents. In addition to employing various Natural Language Processing techniques, including shallow parsing, automatic term extraction, sentence transformation and computing of semantic distance, the system makes use of language resources such as corpora and ontologies. It identifies important concepts in the text and generates questions about these concepts as well as multiple-choice distractors, offering the user the option to post-edit the test items by means of a user-friendly interface. In assisting test developers to produce items in a fast and expedient manner without compromising quality, the tool saves both time and production costs.

Electronic version

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