The 8 Tricks to Becoming a Good Multiple Choice Test Taker
What are the 8 tricks to becoming a good multiple choice test taker? Being a good test taker is an essential skill for students. Multiple choice tests have become a popular form of assessment, but they can be challenging. The ability to identify the correct answer among multiple options is difficult for many students. However, there are specific tricks and tips that can help you become a good multiple choice test taker. In this blog, we will explore eight effective strategies that you can use to improve your multiple choice scores.
1. Look for what the question is actually asking you and skip all the fluff that is not important to answer the question.
When faced with a multiple choice question, the first trick is to understand what the question is asking. Read the question carefully and try to identify what it is asking you to do. Avoid getting caught up in irrelevant information that doesn’t contribute to the answer. Once you understand the question, you’ll be better equipped to identify the correct answer.
2. After reading the question try and put it in your own words
Putting the multiple choice question in your own words is a great way to avoid confusion. It is essential to make sure you understand the language and phrasing of the question. This step helps you to identify the key terms and phrases, enabling you to find the answer with more ease.
3. Think of the answer in your own words
The next step is to use your own words to come up with potential answers. This technique helps you to create a mental framework and the ability to break down the question into smaller groups of answers. This technique is particularly helpful when the answer options are complex or have many technical terms.
4. Look for the answer that best fits what you think the answer is
This step is where you need to carefully match the answer options with the question and the potential answers you have come up with. This step could be where you find the answer. If you can identify an answer that matches your framework of the information, that option may be the correct answer.
5. If you don’t see your answer, then begin eliminating the answers you know the most about, never eliminate an answer you have no clue about or do not understand. That could be the right choice.
If you can’t find the correct answer easily, it’s time to start eliminating incorrect options. Begin by eliminating any options that don’t make sense or don’t match the information provided from the question and your framework of potential answers. Remember to eliminate answers that you know to be untrue, but never eliminate the answer choices you don’t understand – they may contain the correct answer.
6. Look for two answers that are basically saying the same thing and eliminate both, or both could be the answer if it is asking for more than one right answer.
If you have a question that asks for multiple answers, look for options that are similar or stating the same aspects of the answer. Eliminating them both increases your chances of getting the multiple answers correct.
7. If you can’t eliminate any answers, look for an answer that has the same words as the question, and eliminate that one.
Many questions may provide clues to the answer in the language of the question itself. If any of the answer choices match the question’s words or phrasing, it might be less likely that those options are correct.
8. If you have no idea, then pick B, and if B is not available, pick C and finally D:
When all else fails, there is still hope. While it is not a foolproof method, statistically, choosing an answer close to the middle of the options, such as B, C, or D, decreases your chances of getting the answer wrong.
To conclude, becoming good at multiple choice test taking requires practice, patience, and mastering the art of elimination. By following the eight tips discussed in this blog, you will be better equipped to tackle any multiple choice test with confidence. Remember, the key is not to rush, but to take your time and use your problem-solving skills to eliminate the incorrect answers and choose the most logical choice. Good luck! If you want to learn more tips and get more experience in multiple choice tests, visit the MDI Prep website for additional support and resources.