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MC Strategies

Strategies for answering multiple choice questions

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Don’t keep changing your answer. Usually your first choice is the right one, unless you did not read the question correctly. Trust your instincts
Cross out the answers that you know are incorrect. Process of Elimination
Narrow your answer down to two choices. 50/50 strategy
Go back to the passage to look for the answer. Look back
Replace unfamiliar words. Context clues
Think of the answer before viewing the choices. Then, look to see if your answer is the same as, or close to, one of the choices. Guess and check
Make notes about the main points in the passage. Summarize
Make sure you know what the question is asking. Reread for clarity
Highlight or underline important parts of the text. Marking the text
If you have tried the other strategies and you are still unsure, choose what you think is most likely the answer. Guess
Look at the headnotes (at the top of a story) and footnotes (at the bottom). Often times they give you clues to the answer. Skim and scan
Talk yourself through the questions and answers. Make notes in the margins. Think Silently
It's hard to be successful when you're not there to try. Show up to the test
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