There are multiple choice questionnaires (or MCQs) everywhere, whether it is to take your driver's license or a university exam. This is what makes it a skill that everyone should master. In theory, you might think it's easy to pick one answer out of four or five, but in practice, it's harder to pick the right answer and rule out the bad ones. In addition, it might not be questions, but statements, incomplete sentences or problems to be solved. Add the pressure of the watch and the task becomes even more complicated. To successfully pass a MCQ, you must have a good knowledge of the program applied with a strategy and intelligent methods. By learning these tools and techniques, you will feel more confident about coping with any MCQ.
Part 1 of 3: Prepare for the test
Step 1. Practice calculating your time
If you have an hour to complete the quiz and there are 30 questions, you know you need to be on the fifteenth question after half an hour to stay on time. When you practice for MCQs, you should recreate the conditions of the exam as best as possible, that is, without looking at your books, without music and without distractions.
- If you are having trouble with the workouts, you should talk to your instructor and ask for advice on how to do it.
- Use their knowledge and experience. He's been practicing for years and he's seen how people succeed and fail. Ask him for advice, he has experience, use it to your advantage.
- Multiple choice quizzes usually have two similar answers, so you should focus on the key concepts in your studies. If you know how to study for an exam, you will be able to do more focused reviews and be more efficient.
- Calculate your time to make sure you have enough at the end of the exam to review your answers and make sure you have written them correctly on the sheet.
Step 2. Decide on a strategy for the tough questions
Is it better that you don't answer or put a random answer? The solution is going to be different each time, because it depends on the scoring system of each questionnaire. For some you might earn points for guessing the answer (obviously if you guess the correct one), but in others you lose points with every wrong answer, which is why it would be better if you avoid guessing them if it does. could make you lose points. If you think about it in advance, you can save time during the exam.
- Ask your instructor or teacher about the quiz point system.
- Make the best decision for the quiz and remember your strategy before you start.
- During multiple choice questions where you only lose a fraction of a point for a wrong answer, but where you gain a whole point for a correct answer, it might be advantageous to guess the answers you don't know, especially if you are successful. to eliminate answers which are logically false.
Step 3. Adopt an Anxiety Management Plan
Find techniques that will help you gain more confidence and the situations that cause you to lose it. This will allow you to find the best relaxation methods that will help you relax. If you learn to handle it properly, you will be able to pass any exam condition.
- Use online resources to help you identify, manage, and reduce your stress to deal with the exam stress, such as exercising.
- Everyone gets anxious during exams, but if you let yourself go, you'll end up with two issues to deal with instead of just one.
Part 2 of 3: Using a Strategy for Responses
Step 1. Read the questions carefully
Once the exam begins, you might be tempted to rush through the questions, but spending some time reading and understanding them is essential. This is the step that will really save you time when it comes to choosing the right answers. They are going to give you a lot of information, which is why you should read them closely. Always try to find the correct answer before looking at the answers given to you.
- Cover the answers as you read the question so you can think about it without getting distracted.
- Read all the possible answers. The "B" might be right, but remember that you might be faced with a list of answers that are all true.
Step 2. Save the tough questions for later
If you can't find the answer in your given time, go to the next one and come back to it later. Mark the questions that you did not answer with a visible cross to make sure you do not forget them when you reread the questionnaire.
- Stay tuned for clues throughout the quiz that may help you answer questions you haven't found an answer to.
- Take the time at the end of the exam to go over the answers you are not sure about.
- Be sure to skip the point of the question on the quiz, especially if you are using an answer sheet. You would not want to skew all of your answers because you did not fill in the boxes correctly.
Step 3. Find Keywords
Write down or circle the most important words in the question. The words used can be very helpful in finding the correct answer. Look for details in the multiple choice questions. The correct answer should correspond to each part of the question, which is why you should pay attention to negative pronouns (none, nobody, nothing), superlatives (the more, the better) and the qualifiers (usually, often, in general, could).
- Watch out for words that turn negative, as they may confuse you and cause you to choose the wrong answer.
- Responses that use words like “don't”, “none”, or “never” can turn an affirmative sentence into a negative one.
Step 4. Avoid extremes
Pay attention to questions that contain absolute pronouns or adverbs (always, never, every). For this to be true, there must be no other possible solutions. Also watch for “none of the above” or “all of the above”.
- If you know that more than one answer is correct or incorrect, the correct answer must be one of them.
- If one of these options does not seem in the right context to you, it is probably because it has nothing to do with it.
Step 5. Find the answers according to the grammar
Cross out all the answers that do not match. Sometimes it is possible to find the correct answers by observing the tense of a verb and comparing the end of the possible answers.
- If the question indicates that the answer should be in the past tense, but if there is only one answer at this time while the others are in the present tense, there is a good chance that it is the correct answer.
- If the question is about an undefined word, the answer is likely to be a word that begins with "a" or "a".
Step 6. Proceed by elimination
Cross out the answers that are logically wrong. This means that you should use your common sense to rule out answers that don't make sense or that don't fully answer the question. You will improve your chances of success by working with two or too many options rather than four or five.
- Treat each answer as a true or false question. Cross out those that are not true. For example, if you know that the answer to D may not be correct, cross it out.
- Find pairs, for example two answers that are opposite or the same. It is a technique often used by individuals who design multiple choice questions to separate people who have a good knowledge of the subject from those who have only superficial knowledge. In these pairs, one of the elements might be the correct answer while the other is worded in a way that distracts you.
Step 7. Consider riskier techniques
There are many urban legends out there about the techniques used to be successful in multiple choice quizzes, but if you have to gamble on luck, you might be better off taking a look at studies that have looked at probabilities in multiple choice quiz patterns.
- Try to choose the longest answer. This is more likely to be the correct answer, as the instructor may have added qualifiers to it.
- Ignore the rule that says you should never change your first choice. Use your common sense on a case-by-case basis to decide whether or not you should change your answer.
Part 3 of 3: Re-read the questionnaire
Step 1. Reread the questions you have set aside
Now that you've got some techniques in place to answer as many questions as possible, it's time to use the strategy you've come up with. You have read all the information from the quiz and now you can use your knowledge in the allotted time to reread the questions with a fresh eye.
- Go back to the other questions, you may have seen clues or remembered other things while answering the other questions.
- Strategize on whether you want to guess the remaining answers or leave them blank.
Step 2. Check your work
Pay attention to how you fill in the sheet. You will create a snowball effect if you answer a question in the wrong box, not only will you give the wrong answer, but you will also shift all the others. To prevent this from happening, write all the answers on the answer sheet as you go through the questions.
Make sure you've filled in the correct spaces. If you leave a space without answering it, you must make sure that the following answer is in the correct box
Step 3. Erase accidental traces
Be sure to erase any marks and notes that might confuse the person who is going to correct you. If you are using an answer sheet, make sure the boxes are checked correctly and that you have cleared everything that needed to be cleared.
- Take whatever you need to relax, a lucky charm, some water, some candy, whatever will help you energize.
- Wear several layers of soft, comfortable clothing that you can take off or put back on when needed, you don't want to be distracted or uncomfortable with what you are wearing.
- When you receive the sheet, make sure everything is on it and the instructions are clear. If you are not sure, ask the question.
- Silly or silly-looking answers are usually not the right answers.
- Take short breaks. Stretch out, look out the window, or check the time. A short break will allow you to stay alert and make sure you don't lose sight of the hour.
- Don't over-analyze the questionnaire. Take the questions as they are. Remember that you are sure that one of the answers is correct!
- Don't be distracted by patterns that seem to appear in your answers (for example, if you answer “C” several times in a row), because you will overthink it. It could be chance, don't dwell on it.
- Don't spend too much time on a question. There will be other questions where you can take the time to eliminate the wrong answers.
- Ignore some captions like: "choose B or C if you don't know". While it is true that some teachers might subconsciously put the correct answer in the midst of others, others know it and are careful not to.