Section Three: How to Approach the Test
- Of course, there is no substitute for studying and knowing your topic before the test, but even if you know the answer, you can become distracted by the alternative given answers.
- You can expect that there will be one or more ‘distractor’ answers and one or more correct answers, but one will be more correct than the other. How to best determine these is addressed in Section Four.
- As for all tests, be on time, close your eyes and breathe deeply, fill in your ID details, and begin.
- The best way to approach a multiple choice question is to cover up the answers and attempt to mentally answer the question BEFORE you read the options.
- When you know your subject, this technique has two main effects: it engages your thinking, allowing for quicker recognition of key words belonging to the correct answer.
It also reduces the chance of being side-tracked by ‘distractor’ answers.
- When you are given a passage to read or a problem to solve, you can read it better by reading the question stem first. This guides what you are looking for in the extract given. Read the answer choices after this process.
- Read and consider all the options before making your final choice.
- Read through each question as quickly but as carefully as you can.
- Identify key words.
- Highlight qualifiers (such as some, any, all, most, and every).
- Firstly, answer the ones that you are sure of.
- Secondly, answer the ones that you have some idea about.
- Finally, and hopefully there aren’t many of these, answer the ones that you really don’t think you know.
Note: By following this way of answering questions out of order, make sure that when a separate answer sheet is given, you mark your response at the correct corresponding question number.
- Do NOT change an answer, unless you can clearly see where you were wrong with the first answer that you selected. It is found that the first answer that you choose usually turns out to be the correct answer rather than the one that you second guess.
- This advice is only for questions that you are not sure of or don’t know the answer to. Of course, DO change your answer if you can clearly see where another given answer choice is more suitable.
Have a go at Activity One, on the right-hand side of this page. Try to mentally answer the question before choosing from the options provided.
When you are finished, click on the NEXT PAGE button to continue to Section Four.
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