Taking a multiple choice test is stressful, but you can do it. You just need to know what questions to expect and how to approach them. Here are some tips for taking these tests:
Read the questions carefully.
Before you begin to answer a question, make sure that you fully understand what it is asking. This can be difficult if the question has several terms and/or concepts that are unfamiliar to you. If possible, read through the entire question before beginning with your answer choice(s).
- Read carefully: The first step in taking multiple choice tests is reading each question carefully and making sure that you understand its meaning. You should also read all of the answer choices carefully so as not to miss any important information in an answer choice’s context or in relation to other answers provided by other test takers (and thus miss out on an opportunity for extra credit).
Keep track of your time so you don’t spend too much time on one question.
Keeping track of time is one of the most important things you can do to improve your test scores. If you’re using a stopwatch, make sure it’s set to measure seconds and not minutes or hours. You might also want to use a timer on your phone or computer so that each question has its own unique sound cue when the timer sounds off.
A countdown timer is another good way to keep track of how much time remains on each question—but keep in mind that some students are accustomed to using these types of devices and may become distracted by them if they are available during testing! For this reason we recommend using kitchen timers instead: they’re less likely than other types of clocks because they don’t rely on visual cues (like numbers) for their operation.
Guess if you have to.
One of the best ways to make sure you don’t leave any questions blank on a test is to guess.
Guessing will help you avoid getting a zero on a test and it will also enable you to avoid getting an F grade if your answers are incorrect.
Don’t get attached.
- Don’t get too attached.
- Don’t spend too long on a question.
- Don’t spend too much time on any one question, or you will get frustrated and lose focus of your overall goal of taking the test well and accurately answering all questions.
Narrow down choices first.
- Narrow down choices first.
It’s important to start with the easier questions and then work your way up. If you can eliminate one or more of the choices, you can save time by not having to read through all of them. This will also help narrow down what kinds of answers are most likely right for each question.
If there are no obvious wrong answers, it’s still possible to eliminate other options based on how unlikely they are based on previous knowledge and skill level (e.g., “I don’t know anything about business law” vs “I know nothing about business law”).
It’s okay to guess on a multiple choice test, but be careful about how you use your time and read the questions carefully.
Guessing is a good strategy for multiple choice tests. You can guess if you have to, and even if you can’t narrow down your choices. If the answer seems obvious, it may be worth guessing it just to see what kind of score you get on the test. If there are many options available and they all seem equally likely, then guessing is not likely to help much in determining which one is correct (and will probably hurt).
However, it’s important not to overuse this tactic because it can undermine your ability to learn from mistakes made while answering questions incorrectly!
I hope these tips will help you on your way to becoming a master test-taker. Remember that the most important thing is to keep an open mind, read all of the questions carefully, and enjoy yourself!