You are probably familiar with how a multiple-choice test works. There are many questions or statements, each with a set of four or five options, and you are asked to select the best answer from the options.
Here are a few ideas to help you with multiple-choice tests at the university level:
- Remember that a multiple-choice exam is a points grab in a limited amount of time: if you don’t know the answer to a question, make a note to come back to it later and move on.
- Think of your best answer before looking at the options provided. If you don’t see it, start eliminating wrong answers to improve your odds.
- Compare the options to one another, and think about what differentiates them. Try to understand the professor’s logic in creating the question.
- Save time to review and correct your work. It’s a myth that people always change their right answers to the wrong ones: they only notice those changes when they look at their results. If you have a good reason for changing your response, do so!
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