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Exam taking techniques

Exam taking techniques

“Multiple Choice Questions are very hard and very confusing”, a sentence said by many people.

I will discuss below MCQ solving techniques that will facilitate your exam experience.

Solve the shorter questions first
Scan through the exam and choose the shortest questions to answer first, this will give you the advantage of time, and Flag the long ones for later use.

Read the entire question.
Read a multi-choice question in its entirety before glancing over the answer options. Examinees often think they know what a question is asking before reading it and jump straight to the most logical answer. This is a big mistake and can cost you a lot. Read each question thoroughly before reviewing answer options.

• Answer it in your mind first.
After reading a question, answer it in your mind before reviewing the answer options. This will help prevent you from talking yourself out of the correct answer.

Eliminate wrong answers.
Eliminate answer options which you’re 100 % sure are incorrect before selecting the answer you believe is correct. Even when you believe you know the right answer, first eliminating those answers you know are incorrect will ensure your answer choice is the correct choice. Using the process of elimination, Not only save time, it greatly increases your likelihood of selecting the correct answer.

• Select the best answer.
It’s important to select the best answer to the question being asked, not just an answer which seems correct. Often many answers will seem correct, but there is typically a best answer to the question.

• Read every answer option.
Read every answer option prior to choosing a final answer. There is usually a best answer to every multiple-choice question. If you quickly assume you know the correct answer, without first reading every answer option, you may end up not selecting the best answer.

Answer the questions you know first.
If you’re having difficulty answering a question, move on and come back to tackle it once you’ve answered all the questions you know. Sometimes answer easier question first can offer you insight into answering more challenging questions.

• Make an educated guess.
If it will not count against your score, make an educated guess for any question you’re unsure about.
• Pay attention to these words…
Pay particularly close attention to the words NOT, SOMETIMES, ALWAYS, and NEVER. An answer that includes ALWAYS, or NEVER must be impossible to Refuse or Accept. If you can find a single counter example, then the answer is not correct.

• It’s usually best to stick with your first choice–but not always.
It is best to stick with the answer you first choose after reading the question. It is usually counterproductive to constantly second guess yourself and change your answer. However, this doesn’t mean your first answer choice is necessarily the correct answer choice. Multiple choice tests are designed to test knowledge and ability.

• “All of the above” and “None of the above”
When you encounter “All of the above” and “None of the above” answer choices, do not select “All of the above” if you are pretty sure any one of the answers provided is incorrect. The same applies for “None of the above” if you are confident that at least one of the answer choices is true.

• When there are seemingly two correct answers.
When two answers are correct in a multiple-choice question with an “All of the above” option, then it’s probably the correct choice.

• Place your bet on the positive option.
In most cases, a positive option is probably true if there is also a negative one.

• The more information… the better.
More often than not, the correct answer usually contains more information than the other options. This is good to know if you must guess.