Straight away you can see that one or two answers are impossible. The other answers are possible. Be logical and go for the one that you think fits best.
Read slowly, thinking as you go. If the question asks for…
…this suggests that two of the answers will be similar. Both appear to be correct; but one of them is slightly better . It is the best answer.
Even if (a) appears to be correct as soon as you read it, you must consider all of the answers. You might find that (d) is even better than (a).
For example: Q: A bird that does not fly is an:
Cross out a) and b) because they begin with consonants. They cannot follow ‘an’.
Cross out d) because it is plural. A plural cannot follow ‘an’.
Clearly the correct answer is c) because it makes grammatical sense.
For example: Q. Nouns express:
c) names of things, places or people
When you see how similar a), b) and d) are, you can assume that the ‘odd one out’ or c) is the correct answer.
Remember that if two or more options are identical, they must be incorrect.
For example, in a Culinary Arts exam, there will be a poaching group; a microwave group; a grilling group; etc.
One question might be:
The following question might be:
The answer is: poaching (because we are still in the poaching section).
The next question might be:
Clearly we have changed to the stewing section.
Make sure you have completed ALL questions
Often your first choice is the best choice. It’s easy to talk yourself out of it,
so don’t. Change it only if you are absolutely sure it is incorrect.
All the best for your next multi-choice exam.
Multiple-choice Exam Techniques last updated 5 July 2011