Everybody hates a multiple choice test. Simply seeing the choices A, B, C, D makes some students have anxiety. Here are some of my Anti-Tutoring tips and strategies so that you can learn to hack multiple choice tests!
The first tip is to always study and practice in a testing environment similar to the environment you’re going to take the test in. If you are going to take your test at a cold empty desk at school, find a similar desk or table to take your practice test. If your test room is well-lit and quiet find a well-lit and quiet space such as the library. The point I am trying to make is that it helps lessen test day anxiety by practicing somewhere similar to your testing environment.
My second tip is do not sit in your bed or in a comfy position trying to learn test material. This advocates laziness, distracts you, and in general decreases the odds of productivity. It is hard to stay focused when you are lying down in your bed where you relax and sleep. It is important to create spaces in your life where you can study without distraction.
My third tip is to actually study the material instead of cramming; it is the best type of preparation for a multiple choice test. If you know the subject backwards and forwards then the test is going to be much easier for you than if you take the test having merely memorized the information within a short period of time. You will know whether or not you are fully prepared for your test if you can explain the material to someone else. To learn more about how not to cram for a test, read my blog about procrastination.
Even if you are prepared for your test you still need to know how to take a test. So, let’s talk strategy. When you take a multiple choice exam there are always two options that make absolutely no sense. Therefore, when you first read the question your next order of business is to eliminate the two answers that make no possible sense as the correct answer. You should read the question one more time to identify exactly what it is the question is asking. Typically, there are keywords in the question itself that point you toward the correct answer. You will then find details in the remaining two answer choices that differentiate them from one another. Your job is to find which specific answer choice of the remaining two is 100 percent correct and which one is only 80 percent true. In the end, a multiple choice test is less about finding the right answer, and more about how you address the wrong answers.
I hope that these tips help guide you through your studies, especially if you are preparing for a multiple choice test! For more personalized study tips sign up for a free consultation today!