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Multiple choice questions

Multiple choice questions generally begin with a statement that you must complete. Multiple choice questions can test your memory, factual data or ability to calculate accurately. Many students think they are easy, but they have a number of challenges associated with them.

  • The questions are often wide-ranging and not necessarily ordered in any particular way, perhaps even covering a whole year's work.
  • Ideas learnt in class may be reworded in different ways.
  • They are not necessarily a simple recognition of facts or basic ideas. You often need to combine many ideas to answer one question.
  • To do well in multiple choice questions, you must really understand the topic and the interconnections between the ideas.

Tips for multiple choice questions

  • Read all the questions through and note the easy ones.
  • Read the questions carefully. Identify key words. Look for conditional words such as always, never, rarely, should, can etc.
  • There is normally one or possibly two answers that are definitely wrong, then the others have degrees of correctness. Cross out the answers that are obviously incorrect, then focus on the remaining choices. You need to identify the one that is most correct.
  • Do the questions you know first then come back to the others.
  • Try to recall a concept from memory. Read the question and cover the answers. Try to answer it, then compare your mental answer to the given answers. Is there one that matches your answer?
  • Leave enough time to check your answers. Cover your original answer and answer the question again. If they are the same, you are probably right. Only change an answer if you are sure the original is incorrect.


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