Multiple choice test taking suggestionsPRIOR TO TEST:
- Understand that the more that you have studied the less time will be required to answer questions
- Decide you will go slow and take all the time.
- Expect some questions to be unfamiliar.
- Make sure that you are as calm, and free of anxiety as possible.
- Do NOT plan to look at timers or clocks-set an alarm or timer and then get started. Time spent in looking at time is time NOT spent on questions.
- Cover answers while reading the question
- Identify important information (look for words like "NOT"."mostly", "primarily" in question.
- Identify word(s) in question that best describes the concept or fact tested by the question.
- Answer question in your mind-then uncover and compare with test answers
- If comparison is found then check your answer on test
- If comparison is not found then:
After doing all answerable questions of test then go back to unfinished questions.(In the process of reading the entire test you may have picked up information that will narrow the choices of answers on unfinished questions)
- Check possible answers and go on to next question
- Skip questions that are completely unfamiliar
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Testing is a skill that needs to be practiced.
Professor Thomas M. Lancraft
Human Anatomy and Physiology Courses
at St. Petersburg College
St. Petersburg/Gibbs Campus