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Strategies for Mastering Multiple Choice Exams

Updated on January 16, 2016

Practise these strategies for multiple choice tests

TIPS TO FOLLOW DURING A MULTIPLE CHOICE TEST. On the day that you will take your multiple choice test, take the time out to ensure you have a requisite plan as you enter the exam room. You will now pay attention to the following procedures that should be followed as you prepare to start your test hoping to do your best.

Examine the paper to see how much questions are on the test.

Divide the number of questions by the time you have to complete the test. As you do so you will begin to have an idea how much time you will devote to each question. For example, if you have 50 questions to answer with one hour allotted, spend no more than a minute on each. If you exceed a minute, go to another question and when you are finished use the additional minutes to re-tackle the ones you did not answer.

Be sure you read questions carefully. If it is not clear read it again to get an understanding of what is been asked.

Think of an answer before you examine the options so that you will have a point of reference to guide your choice. As you think of an answer,you may bear in mind the results from a study of over a 100 multiple choice tests, that showed that the questions that had the longest answers were in most cases the correct answer. The explanation to this discovery lied in the practice that test setters will find more time to put together answers in more details which are unquestionably correct with some qualifying language. They may then spend less time and effort on producing some of the ones with wrong answers.

Utilize the elimination process starting with the distractors that are furthest from the answer. You will continue this process, throwing out the other unwanted choices. You’ve now narrowed your choices to the final selection. The final choice should be your best answer.

If you are not sure about the answer after you have examined the choices you can make a guess for your final answer. Ensure you do not leave any question unanswered for your multiple choice test. Remember a question left unanswered could make the difference between getting an A grade and a B grade.

Pay attention to questions that are structured with negative language. You should read these questions carefully. Example, if a question reads: There is nothing less disturbing than not failing to answer your exam questions incorrectly.

In this example, we have what is described as triple negatives. The best way to approach this type of question is to first rewrite the sentence in a way that you can clearly understand without changing the meaning. We may approach this by changing less disturbing to better; we may then change not failing to answering. The word incorrectly will then be changed to correctly.

For options that include none of the above, if at least one of the answer applies, you should not choose none of the above. This procedure is also applicable to questions with the all of the above answer as an option. Statistics gathered from a study of over 100 multiple choice questions uncovered this information as it relates to the all of the above and none of the above responses . According to the study,answers with the options none of the above and all of the above were found to be correct 52% of the time. It was also found that choosing one of the two options gave the respondent a 90% chance of been right than a random guess.


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