It is time to go back and face your enemy again, grasshopper. Click below to take the test over. This version will provide hints when incorrect answers are marked.
- Alternatives with absolute or universal qualifiers are usually wrong (all, every, never, in no case, in every case, etc.)
- Alternatives that seem impossible or that seem completely unrelated to the question are usually wrong (watch out for alternatives that are true, but have nothing to do with the question).
- If two or more alternatives say the same thing, each is probably wrong (you can have two that are wrong, but not two that are right on m/c tests).
- The answer to one question is sometimes given away in another question (tests contain a lot of information - use it).
- When 3 or more alternatives deal in different ways with one concept, one of them is usually right. The instructor usually doesn't waste 3 alternatives on single incorrect concept. In this case, he or she most likely wants to have you discriminate knowledge.
- If two answers contain a similar sounding word, such as "subordination" and "subrogation," choose one of these.
- If two answers are almost identical except for a few words, choose one of these.
- If two answers seem extreme, they should be eliminated, and a guess made as to the remaining answers. As an example, if the answer is to be a number, and 3, 57, 89, 1103 are the choices given, you should eliminate the 3 and 1103, and take a guess at one of the remaining choices.
- If you are unable to eliminate any answer on a 4 answer question, choose the third. Experience has shown that it has a better than 25% chance of being the correct answer.
- Don't try to apply definitions from outside the course. Answer the questions found on your lecture and class reading, not based on educational knowledge that you have.
- Never argue with a question. Accept it at face value.
- When all else fails:
- choose the alternative that makes the best sentence, when added to the open-ended question.
- look for subject-verb agreement.
- know the instructor's quirks of language.
- choose the longer answer. The instructor may have used more words to make the answer precise; thus the most correct.
- None of these rules works all the time, so use them only if you have to.