TAKING OBJECTIVE TESTS
The University of
Center for Academic Success
To improve your skill in finding the one
correct answer to true/false, multiple choice, matching, and sentence
completion questions, follow these tips:
- Know your instructorís style of
organization, interpretation, and manner of dealing with details.
Inquire before exam time about what to expect.
- Before answering questions, preview the entire
test to see whatís ahead and plan the time you can spend with each
- Read the directions and make sure you
understand them. When in doubt, ask.
- Know the scoring policy! Are you penalized for
- Keep an eye on the time and pace yourself.
- Attempt to answer each question.
- Donít spend too much time on any one
question. If you feel yourself becoming frustrated and anxious, mark
the question, move on to the next, and return later.
- Watch out for qualifying words, such as seldom,
normally, generally, never, always, all,
some, and often which may change the meaning of a
statement. If possible, mark them so you wonít overlook their
- Read the question carefully before deciding on
an answer. Eliminate half-true statements as answers.
- Treat multiple-choice questions like
true/false questions. Read the stem of the question with each answer
choice. Sometimes the grammar involved will eliminate incorrect
answers. If in doubt, use your reasoning and problem-solving ability,
rather than choosing the first option that sounds good. Eliminate
items you know are not relevant, thereby narrowing your choice.
- With matching questions, mark first those that
you are absolutely sure of as matches. Donít limit yourself to
checking the first column only. Look at the second column for familiar
definitions, titles, etc., which might furnish clues.
- Pay attention to the number of blanks and to
the information contained in the incomplete statement for clues in
sentence completion. Also watch for singular or plural verb forms.
- When you have no idea about which choice is
correct, make an educated guess, eliminating less likely choices.
over your answer sheet to be sure that you have answered all questions
in the proper order.