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Actuarial Science
Malcolm Mac Kinnon

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 score. 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 answer. 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 incorrect)  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 answers. • Choose
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