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Test Format Strategies

Matching

  • Read each question completely and attempt to answer before looking at the possible answers.
  • Cross off answers that you know to be incorrect.
  • Answers that contain extreme modifiers, such as always, every, and never, are generally incorrect.
  • Even if you spot the correct answer, read all possibilities before selecting.
  • A joke is usually not the answer.
  • The most comprehensive answer is often correct.
  • Sometimes, other questions or answers can trigger the questions you missed.
  • Answer all questions unless there is a penalty for guessing. If no penalty, make an educated guess.

True-False

  • Generally, true-false can be tricky. Read carefully.
  • Pay attention to key words--few, some, many, or often.
  • Pay attention to words that make a statement false--never, all, every, or only.
  • Pay attention to double negative such as not unlawful.
  • If any part of a statement is false, then the whole statement is false.
  • Answer every question, unless there is a penalty for guessing.
  • There is a 50/50 chance of answering correctly.

Multiple Choice

  • Read each question completely and attempt to answer before looking at the possible answers.
  • Cross off answers that you know to be incorrect.
  • Answers that contain extreme modifiers, such as always, every, and never, are generally incorrect.
  • Even if you spot the correct answer, read all possibilities before selecting.
  • A joke is usually not the correct answer.
  • The most comprehensive answer is often correct.
  • Sometimes, other questions or answers can trigger the questions you missed.
  • Answer all questions unless there is a penalty for guessing. If no penalty, make an educated guess.

Short Answer/Fill-in-the-Blank

  • Read each question carefully, be sure of what the question is asking.
  • Be brief in your response. Generally, no more that 2-3 sentences.
  • Don't assume the amount of space needs to be filled.
  • Generally, your first response is correct.
  • Pay attention to wording immediately before or after the blank. It could help narrow down the possibilities.
  • Look for Key words in the sentence.
  • Reread statement with your response. Does it fit the statement?

Essay

  • Try to be concise and informative. Quality over Quantity.
  • Write a thesis statement for each answer.
  • Outline thoughts before you write.
  • Watch spelling, grammar and punctuation. Some instructors subtract points.
  • Where appropriate, use specific details such as dates or names.
  • Answer all parts of the question.
  • Summarize main points for clarity.
  • Proofread answer.
  • Stick to the facts unless the question asks for your opinion.