5 Rules (and One Secret Weapon) for Acing Multiple Choice Tests

A,B,C,D… which answer is most common on multiple choice questions? Is the old advice to “go with C when in doubt” actually true …

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  1. Bonus tip!

    Some multiple choice questions are worded so that the answer will complete the question's sentence. In these cases, one trick that can potentially help you narrow down your options is to look for answers that make the sentence grammatically correct. Here's an example.

    Charles Lindbergh was an:
    A) Truck driver
    B) Aviator
    C) Surgeon
    D) Ninja

    Only "Aviator" makes the sentence grammatically correct. This won't always happen, but it's something to look for.

  2. When i was in 2th grade, i find out that in one test that has 20 question, 17 of them is C. So once in a test i choose C in every single question and got a A- and i was like holy cow!

  3. I've applied or used these rules or techniques during my nursing study…i am a dean lister "3rd spot"….

  4. I just realized another good reason to study for a test. Let's say as example, you are studying for a social studies test. If "John" died in 1987, information about things you study can help with the question. Especially with a true or false question, you'll know it actually in your brain because you studied. If you're reading this comment you probably don't understand any word that I'm saying, but my point is, the more you know the more you'll grow

  5. My entrance exam is tomorrow I have no notes no nothing my anxiety is killing me I hope I pass this exam tomorrow

  6. Unfortunately, the exam I’ve been trying to pass is timed, contains math questions ranging from Algebra to Trigonometry to Calculus that are time consuming to read and complete, and averages 2 minutes per question ?

  7. 1. Skim, answer the easy, find hidden answers
    2. Focus hard on a hard question, then move on and come back later
    3. Read questions twice (be careful), and re-check at the end of every page (still do an over all re-check)
    4. Re-envision where you learned the information you need

    Guessing tips:
    1. 4 letter: B
    2. 5 letter: E (not C)
    3. T or F: True
    4. Different answer then the one before it
    5. Choose "All/None of the above"

  8. There was once we had a 12 question test with 4 options A, B, C and D. 7 questions ended up having the correct answer as A because the teachers wanted statistically fewer students to get the answer right by guessing

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  10. IT IS SO FRUSTRATING… IT FEELS LIKE MAYBE 5% OF THE QUESTIONS ARE THINGS YOU'VE ACTUALLY LEARNED (I took a practice exam teacher gave us, haven't had real one yet)……. Also the questions are just worded so weirdly for no reason so I have to keep rereading it (exam is timed)

  11. I have a leap test at 7 am and I am terrified lol Yes I am up late so I don't miss it, I need to be prepared okay

  12. what if the Thomas Jefferson question and the John Adams question is False only because 1826 isn't the correct year they died? That can't rule out the Napoleon question. My analytical brain is very much a curse with tests.

  13. Another tip: Usually avoid answer choices using extreme descriptors like “always” “everytime” “never.” It seemed to help me many times eliminate a wrong answer choice.

    Thanks, Thomas Frank! Appreciate the video.

  14. Hi Thomas, Patrick her (Mind Life Flow). Interesting video (once again). many people will find this very helpful I'm sure!

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