Winning at multiple choice

The best way to study for a multiple choice test or exam is to practice answering multiple choice questions.  You can do this by writing your own, using practice tests put on blackboard by the instructor or checking the publisher's website for study aids that are designed to accompany your text book.  If you can't find the information on their website think about emailing the publisher directly to ask for resources.

Multiple choice tests require you to remember very specific information.  Identify the information you need to know, prioritize and get to work. Learn more about improving your memory

Tips and Hints

  1. Cover the answers and then read the question. Covering the answers will allow you to clearly understand the question before searching for the correct answer.

  2. Try answering the question before looking at the potential answers. Treat the question as a short answer type question in which you are recalling the information rather than simply recognizing it. Then when you look at the potential answers, you have an answer of your own by which to assess them.

  3. Uncover one potential answer at at time. Decide whether you think it is the correct answer (mark with a check mark), possibly the correct answer (mark with a question mark) or is definitely the wrong answer (mark with an x).

  4. Read each potential answer before answering the question. 'A' may be a good answer but 'D' may be the best one. Choosing 'A' before reading the other choices robs you of an opportunity to find the correct answer.

  5. Mark questions you cannot answer immediately and come back to them. On average, you usually have between 1 and 2 minutes per multiple choice question. If you are taking longer to answer the question, move on to the next one. As you are answering other questions, something you read may assist you in answering the question you skipped.

  6. Change your answer only if you are sure that your first answer is incorrect. After reviewing all of the choices, your first choice is usually the right one. Only change your response if you are sure that your first answer was incorrect.