Tips for Answering Multiple Choice Questions

  • You can control the exam, instead of having the exam control you.
  • After you enter the exam room, you will be given an erasable note board and an erasable marker. The note board is an important test-taking tool.

The following are tips for using it:

  • You can have as many erasable note boards as you want, but you can only have one at a time.
  • You must hand in your old note board before receiving a new one, and you will not be allowed to copy notes from one board to another, so conserve the space on it.
  • Do not make any notes on the erasable note board until after the proctor starts the exam.
  • Once the exam has started, write down the start time at the top of the board. You will have 3 hours and 15 minutes to complete the exam. Write down your finish time below the start time at the end.
  • Draw a vertical line about one inch from the left-hand side of your erasable note board, creating a column, for the numbers of questions that you skip.
  • Write memory aids on the top of your erasable note board, such as 43,560 square feet in an acre, 640 acres in a section, 5,280 linear feet in a mile, MARIA, et cetera.
  • If you start to feel anxious or stressed, take a 1-minute break and breathe. Stop looking at the exam, gather yourself, and then get back into it.

Be alert for key or clue words in any question. Obvious key words include:

May, should, might, not, must, best, could, can, or most.

Hidden key words include:

Generally, normally, nearly, required, prohibit, usually, or approximately.

READ THE WHOLE QUESTION AND UNDERSTAND IT – One common issue we have with the exam is that many of the questions try to trick you. Phrases such as “Except for” are used, or other ambiguous phrases that may throw you off.

Example: “All of the following are incorrect except…”

So, what are they really asking? What is correct…so find the correct answer. Read the whole question and make sure you understand what they are asking for.

READ THE WHOLE ANSWER AND SEE IF IT MAKES SENSE – The exam will also have multiple-choice answers: “A and B” or “C and D” or “All” or “None of the above”.

Read the question completely and thoroughly.

Example: “Furnishing a room makes the room larger.”

At first glance you might agree, but does furnishing a room make it larger? It may make the room look larger, but it does not make the room larger in size.

LONG LENGTHY QUESTIONS – There will be some long multi-paragraph questions and they may seem confusing.  By breaking down the paragraph into sentences, slowing down, and looking for the objectives in the question; then lengthy questions become easier to answer.

DISCRIMINATION QUESTIONS – The best way to answer these questions is to agree. You cannot discriminate for any reason. There will always be several questions regarding discrimination.

ABBREVIATED GOVERNMENT AGENCIES OR LAWS – The test will have abbreviations: FDA, FDIC, ECOA, etc. If you do not know what they stand for, then skip and continue going through the exam. More than likely the abbreviations are spelled out in other questions.

Many times, the answer to a question or the explanation of an abbreviation is in another question. These are free answers to other questions.

FREE FACTS & ANSWERS – Several times the information in the question or in the answers such as “All of the above” will provide you with facts or the answers you will need for other questions. Watch for free facts and answers.