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Multiple Choice Test Tips

Strategies for Acing a Multiple Choice Test

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Multiple Choice Test Tips

We all have to study and take a multiple choice test at some point in our lives, right? Well, these multiple choice test tips are sure to help you get the score you need. If you’re still studying for the test, then read how to study for a multiple choice test first!

Multiple Choice Test Tips

Read the question while covering up the answer choices. Come up with an answer in your head, and then check to see if it’s one of the choices listed.

Use a process of elimination to get rid of as many wrong choices as you can before answering a question. Wrong answers are often easier to find. Look for extremes like "never" "only" or “always". Look for opposites like a substitution of –1 for 1. Look for similarities like "conjunctive" for "subjunctive." Those could be distractors.

Physically cross off wrong answer choices so you’re not tempted to go back at the end of the test and change your answer.

Read ALL the choices. The right answer may be the one you keep skipping.

Cross off any answer that doesn’t fit grammatically with the question on your multiple choice test.

Take an educated guess if there is no guessing penalty, like there is on the SAT. You will always get the answer wrong by skipping it. You at least have a shot if you answer the question.

Look for wordy answers. Unless you’re taking a standardized test, the correct answer is often the choice with the most information. Teachers often have to put as much info down as possible to make sure the answer choice can’t be disputed.

Remember that you’re looking for the best answer. Often, more than one answer choice will be technically correct on a multiple choice test. So, you have to choose which one best fits with the stem.

Use your test booklet or scratch paper. It often helps to write as your work, so write down formulas and equations, solve math problems, outline, paraphrase and underline to help you read. Use the scratch paper to help you think.

Pace yourself. If you get stuck on a question, circle it and move on. Come back at the end of the test so you don’t waste precious time on something you may not get right anyway.

Trust your gut. Definitely go back through your test to make sure you’ve answered everything, but keep you answers the same, unless you’ve discovered new information in a later part of the test to disprove your answer. Click the link for more details about this strategy!

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