Looking at the Task Type IDENTIFY


This is Part 2 of the course "Thinking about test questions (and choosing interactions) according to task type", which introduces a task-based approach to deciding which interactions would best suit the test questions you are trying to create.

As a quick recap, Part 1 introduced the task-based model with its four task types (as well as suggesting factors other than task type which are potentially relevant to your choice of interaction). 

Part 2 will discuss the first of the four task types – IDENTIFY - and the interactions associated with it. Here's a reminder from Part 1 of what we already know about IDENTIFY:  in this task type, candidates are presented with a number of options and asked to identify something - whatever is specified in the question - from among them. A typical example of the IDENTIFY task is a multiple-choice question, though it is not limited to this.

In the following sections of Part 2 we'll look in more detail at the task IDENTIFY and its sub-types, and at some typical test scenarios associated with them. For each sub-type, we'll explore the various interactions which can be used in test questions based on these tasks. Then we'll establish the differences between the interactions available for each sub-type, if there is more than one, and look at the reasons which might motivate you to select one over the others for your particular test scenario.