Objective tests usually have one right answer. They often include true/false, fill in the blank and multiple-choice questions.
- Underline or circle the important words in the directions. They may ask you to pick the wrong answer instead of the right one.
- Know if there is a penalty for guessing. If there isn't, answer every question. If there is a penalty for guess, you many be better off skipping a question.
- Be sneaky. Look for grammar. If a choice doesn't fit grammatically, it probably isn't the right answer. For example, if a question asks for the causes of the Civil War, the answer must have more than one cause.
- Should you change your first answer? Maybe. If you're remembered information that will help you make a better choice, use it. If you've misread a question, change your answer. If you feel strongly about an answer, chances are it's right.
- If you see never and always on a true/false test, be careful. There's often an exception to these absolute words that makes the correct answer "false."
- If you see sometimes and oftenin a questions, look at the answers closely. As mentioned in the previous tip, there are few absolutes. Answers to these questions are often "true."
- If a true/false question is long and involved, its answer is more likely to b "false." Why? Every part of the statement must be correct for the answer to be "true."
- Instead of looking at the answers and picking one, answer the question yourself and see if your answer matches one of the choices.
- If you can eliminate one or more answers, do and then select from the others.
- Remember, though, there is not a magic for formula. Just because you haven't marked "B" for a while, it's not necessarily time for it now.
- If you see the right answer and mark "C" without reading on, you many not realize the "D: is correct, too. In this case, the correct answer may be "E: both C and D."
- One way to know if "all of the above" is true on a multiple-choice test is to see if you can find more than one answer that is true. If it is, "all of the above" must be the answer.