Special Suggestions for Objective Tests
Answer all questions in order without skipping or
jumping around. Identify doubtful answers by marking in the margin and
recheck these as time permits after all questions have been answered.
Do not linger too long on any one question. Mark
your best guess and move on, returning later if you have sufficient time.
Reread all questions containing negative wording
such as "not" or "least". Be especially alert for the use of double or even
triple negatives within a sentence, as these must be read very carefully to
assure full understanding.
Check for qualifying words such as
"all-most-some-none", "always-usually-seldom-never", "best-worst", or
"smallest-largest". When you see one of these qualifiers, test for truth by
substituting the other members of the series. If your substitution makes a
better statement, the question is false; if your substitution does not make
a better statement, the question is true.
Watch for modifying or limiting phrases inserted
into the true/false questions. Instructors often use inserted names, dates,
places, or other details to make a statement inaccurate.
Be alert for multiple ideas or concepts within
the same true/false statement. All parts of the statement must be true or
the entire statement is false.
Be alert for grammatical inconsistencies between
the question stem and the answer choices on multiple-choice questions. A
choice is almost always wrong if it and the stem do not make a grammatically
Be cautious about changing your answer to a
true-false or multiple-choice question without a good reason. Your first
"guess" is more likely to be correct than are subsequent "guesses", so be
sure to have a sound reason for changing our answer.
Apply the same approach to answering both
true/false and multiple-choice questions. The same techniques will work
equally well for both, since multiple-choice questions are basically
true/false questions arranged in groups.
On matching exercises, work with only one column
at a time. Match each item in that column against all items in the second
column until you find a proper match, marking through matches about which
you are certain, so that it will be easier to match out the rest about which
you are unsure.
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