Style, Editorial, and Publication Guidelines for Items in the Multiple-Choice Format

  • Steven J. Osterlind
Part of the Evaluation in Education and Human Services book series (EEHS, volume 25)


When authors refer to style, they usually mean the expression of ideas in a smooth, orderly, pleasing manner. Each author develops an individual style of expression that allows for a personal presentation of his or her own thoughts and emotions. For editors, however, style connotes something different. Editorial style refers to the consistent use of a set of rules and guidelines. These rules and guidelines prescribe a consistent use of punctuation, abbreviations, and citations, a uniform and attractive format for tables, graphs, and charts, and a correct form for the many other elements that constitute written communication. Test-item writers are both authors and editors. As authors, they can express their ideas in novel, creative, and personal ways; as editors, they must be aware of and follow consistent editorial principles.


Test Item Response Alternative Type Size Fire Fighter Answer Question 
These keywords were added by machine and not by the authors. This process is experimental and the keywords may be updated as the learning algorithm improves.


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© Kluwer Academic Publishers 1989

Authors and Affiliations

  • Steven J. Osterlind
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  1. 1.University of MissouriColumbiaUSA

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