Answering Multiple Choice Questions – Part 1
Most standardized tests are multiple choice, also called multiple guess, our previous articles on answering multiple choice questions are by far the most popular.
Multiple Choice Questions
The most popular type of standard test is multiple choices. Teachers like them because teaching assistants can grade them with ease. This type of exam is also well liked by test wise students since they can earn extra points for being prepared.
Almost all Certification Exams are multiple choice, including Armed Services Entrance Exams, College Entrance, Counseling and Therapy, Finance, Graduate, Health Care, High School, Medical, Nursing, Personal Trainer, Teacher Certification.
We have arranged strategies to answer multiple-choice questions. This is the order that you should use when taking the exam. Meaning, if the first three strategies give you the answers you need, then you don’t have to look at strategies four through nine.
Also check out our Ultimate Guide to Test Preparation, and How to Take a Test Part 1 and Part 2
1. Work as quickly as you can
Results have shown that the students that quickly race through a multiple choice test picking random answers get higher scores than those who are slow even though they know the information.
Read every question only one time. Don’t waste time choosing the correct answer the minute you come to it. Don’t not second guess yourself, go with your first thought. If you have extra time, go over your answers before handing in your paper.
Have self-confidence about yourself when you see an obvious answer, that’s the right answer.
Do not waste your time looking for hidden meanings or tricks. The simple answer is the right answer.
2: Answer the question according to the instructions.
This is a simple way to get extra points each and every time. Read the instructions carefully and follow them exactly.
A. Read the instructions, and make sure you understand them.
Multiple choice questions sometimes ask for answer that is closest to being correct. In this case, there are two things you need to figure out. First choose the answer that is the closest to being correct. Second, before you do that think about what the teachers leans towards the most. Choose the answer that is the closest to be correct according to your teacher not according to you.
Multiple choice questions may have several answers that are correct. If you are permitted to mark more than one answer, then do it. Make sure you read the instructions carefully to see if this is permitted!
Watch out for questions that have ‘all of the above’ or ‘none of the above.’ If there are two other choices, one of them are right not the third one. The same applies if ‘all of the above’ and ‘none of the above’ are two of the choices. Stick with the first two choices.
B. What are the Givens in the questions, Find them and Study them
Read fast but read every word. If you need practice, give yourself a race by using practice tests. (You are getting and going over every practice test you can get your hands on right?) Practice this skill until you have learned it well.
Look carefully at the ‘given’ part of a question. If it has several parts that are complicated, isolate each one. Make sure you understand each part thoroughly. Before selecting your answer, compare it with each section that you have isolated. Remember the answer you choose has to coincide with every section of the question. Studies show using this technique to take apart complicated questions is very effective and you will almost certainly get extra points on each exam.
3: Guess Before You Choose
Think about your answer before you look at the choices. You can save time if your answer is one of the choices. If you answer isn’t there, then study the choices. At least this will help in jogging your memory to apply to the question. This will help to determine the answer your teacher is looking for.
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