STRATEGIES FOR MULTIPLE CHOICE TESTS
It is important to note that nothing will help you do better than learning the
material throughout the term and studying for a test.
On multiple-choice tests, certain strategies distinguish good test takers from poor
test takers. Although you do need to know content included on the test in order to
do well, knowing some test-taking strategies can help you get an even better
1. Read the question carefully, paying attention to the key words of the
question. Beware of questions with "no", "not", and "none." These words
easily change the meaning of questions.
2. Rephrase the question in your own words before attempting to choose the
3. Eliminate incorrect answers. Narrow your choices down by eliminating
obviously wrong answers that are almost identical. Process of elimination:
Response option might be too easy or too obvious
Words used in an option might be a different part of speech
Words in an option might have multiple definitions - the
easier or more common definition is usually not correct
Be careful selecting answers that indicate extremes (e.g.,
always, never, except --response options with these are usually
Look for key words in questions or examples that might
provide an answer, or other reference
4. Try to decide what the answer to the question is before you read all of the
choices, but: be sure to read all answers before selecting one. Sometimes
two answers will be similar and only one will be correct.
5. If a question has you stumped or seems especially difficult, skip it and
come back to it later after you have finished the easier questions. You may
find the answer or clues to the answer in subsequent questions. 6. Go back to the most difficult questions after you've answered all the
others. If you still can't eliminate any answers at this point, GUESS. Do Not
Leave Any Answers Blank.
If you have to guess:
• Reject answers that use specific determiners such as: everyone,
always, never, etc.
• Look for grammatical inconsistencies that may help eliminate wrong