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How to Approach Multiple Choice Tests


Many students worry about taking multiple-choice tests. However, with some simple tips they can be passed easily. The best approach to taking this type of test includes reading the directions carefully and previewing the test. There are two types of exams that use multiple-choice answers. The first is an incomplete statement, offering several answer choices and a blank and the second type is a question. Knowing how tests are constructed can improve the score on a multiple- choice test.

Basic Strategies
It is very important to read a test before beginning it.  Young children are frequently required to take tests geared at improving test taking skills. As such, they are instructed to read the directions before beginning. Often, the last direction on the test says to answer none of the questions, but simply sign their names at the top. As a result, many students fail. This demonstrates that without reading the test first, you may fail. Find out if there is a penalty for wrong answers and look through each question.  If the multiple-choice test is timed, pace yourself and if it is not, do not rush to finish the test.

Test Tricks
One of the most important things to determine on a multiple-choice test is what the question is asking.  Some answers may relate to the subject, but not answer the question. On multiple-choice tests, it is also helpful to eliminate the obvious. By deciding which questions are definitely wrong, there are fewer possible right choices. Once the wrong answers are eliminated, make your best educated guess. By picking from the best options, there is a higher rate of success. However, this is not true on standardized testing, where wrong answers are penalized. 

Final Advice
If you cannot figure out the answer, in most cases, it is not a bad option to choose B or C.  While this does not always hold true, most test writers gravitate towards one of these two answers.  However, if there is an answer of “all of the above” this is usually the correct choice, while an answer of “none of the above” is usually wrong.  Additionally, answers that contain the generalizations “always” or “never” are generally wrong, while “usually” or “most” are frequently correct.  Finally, when all else fails trust your own judgment to be correct.
Be prepared for the test.  Study in advance and do not cram at the last minute.  Be sure not to panic and take a few deep breaths before beginning the test so you can keep your mind open. Rest well the night before the test and eat a healthy breakfast.  Be sure to re-read the test when you complete it to make sure you understood the questions and answered appropriately.  Know that you have done everything to make this experience go well and be confident that you will get a good score.  By following these tips for approaching multiple-choice tests, students can easily excel.