Are you preparing for a multiple choice test or exam?
If so, keep reading.
Top Tips for Multiple Choice tests:
- wear a watch. The clock in the room may not be in your view. And worse, it could be broken!
- scan the entire test before you begin to solve problems. Get a feel for the job ahead.
- read the question carefully, covering the answer choices. Try to answer the question in your head before you look at the answers.
- read all of the answers before you choose one.
- when you don’t know the answer to a question, eliminate the wrong answers to discover the right answer.
- use the test page or booklet for note-making and rough work. Don’t do the work in your head.
- underline key words.
- for the most part, give your time and attention to problems you think you can answer accurately.
- keep an eye on the time/clock. Pace the test according to the questions’ difficulty.
- if you have a bubble answer page, mark your answers carefully on it. Make sure also to circle your answer selection in your test booklet. If you skip a question, make sure to skip the answer bubble on your answer sheet.
- be wary of “easy” answer choices.
- be careful of “good” answer choices versus “the best” answer. Test writers often include answer choices that can work (good answers), but they are not the best. Choose carefully.
- answer all of the easy problems first, then tackle the harder ones.
- “yellow light” questions (a.k.a. “proceed with caution” questions) include words such as: always, never, sometimes, not, and except. Choose your answer carefully, reread the question and answer choices, and cross out the incorrect options.
- when you see “all of the above” as an answer choice, and there is another answer that works, the correct answer is likely “all of the above.”
- when you’re stuck, if you invest enough time to read and think about the answer to a question, you should be able to eliminate at least one choice. This will increase your odds of getting the answer correct!
- in the process of elimination, if you don’t know the answer: PICK C or D. Statistically, test writers use these letters more commonly than the others for the correct answer. This strategy is a last resort 🙂
- some multiple choice tests have a guessing penalty. Contact me for the scoop on the guessing strategy. It can be tricky and requires extra attention.
- if your test doesn’t have the guessing penalty, make sure to answer every question on a multiple choice test, even if you have to guess!
On your journey through school, you’ll take many multiple choice tests. It’s a skill. Learn this skill, and you’ll achieve great success.
You can do it!
For tips on writing a math test, check out my blog post.
If you have a test or exam coming up, review this list of “night before” suggestions on my blog.