The pay rates for multiple-choice questions that you write for a textbook or a student study guide can vary greatly. I recently answered the following forum question inside the Freelance Writers Den:
“I have a potential opportunity to write 250 multiple-choice questions about a topic I know well, but I have no idea how long this kind of thing might take or how much too charge. Any insights? (Questions have to include an explanation for the right answer.) Thanks!”
Here’s my answer, with a bit of added detail…
Pay Range for Writing Multiple-Choice Questions
Rates typically range from $3 – $10 per multiple-choice question. I’ve actually been paid as high as $15 per question, but it was for very specialized material.
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Important Factors That Affect Pay for Multiple-Choice Questions
What’s offered depends on the company and how much work is involved.
Do you have to write five potential answers or only four?
And how detailed does the explanation have to be? Just one or two short sentences, or over 100 words? Those explanations can take a long time.
Also ask if there’s anything else, like linking to learning objectives or designating Bloom’s taxonomy categories.
Another factor: is this from a textbook or online material? How much material is there relative to the number of questions? It’s usually much easier to write many questions on a smaller amount of material; if it’s a lot of material and relatively few questions, you have to read everything and then come up with just the best questions = harder and more time-consuming.
Estimate how many you think you can do in an hour and use your minimum hourly rate to get a bottom estimate. Then ask for a bit more and be ready to negotiate. Writing good multiple-choice questions isn’t easy.
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What’s been your experience with pay rates for multiple-choice questions?