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Strategies for Objective Tests

1. Read the instructions carefully and do the sample questions if there are any even if you feel you already know how to do them.

2. Pay particular attention to the way a question is worded.  This means focusing in on key words. Look for question indicators like opposite, same, always, not, each, most, all, least, except, only, etc.

3. Work rapidly and skip those you donít know.  Some students like to put a little check by those questions they will come back to. 

4. With multiple choice questions, read all the possible answers.  Donít stop with the first choice you thing kooks good; make certain you find the best answer.

Hint: It is important to keep in mind that the right answer may not be the only correct possibility; it may just be the best answer.

5. If an answer isnít apparent, work through the process of elimination by getting rid of the choices that are likely to be incorrect.  If you can whittle the possibilities to one or two, the odds are with an educated guess.  Be certain that you understand before the test begins whether you are penalized for incorrect answers.  If not, place answers for every question.

Hint:  If you feel confident about your first choice on a multiple choice question, donít change it without good cause.  Often times your first inclination will be the correct one.