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How to Improve your Scores on the Quizzes

1. Read the questions, and answers of the quiz first before you read the chapter. 

Then while you are reading the chapter, go back to the questions and see if you can answer 

any of the questions from the materials, as you read the chapter.

Then complete the reading of the chapter, go back to the questions and answer them.

2. Use the process of elimination procedure. Eliminate the obviously incorrect alternatives. 

1.Read all of the stem (which is the first part of the multiple choice question -

it is the question itself and every alternative. 

– Read the stem with each alternative to take advantage of the correct sound

or flow that the correct answer often produces. Also, you can eliminate any

alternatives that do not agree grammatically with the stem. 

– Some students find it effective to read the stem and anticipate the correct

alternative before actually looking at the alternatives. If you generally do better

on essay exams, this strategy may help you a great deal. Our research shows

that one is three students scores better with this strategy alone! 

Consider "all of the above" and "none of the above." Examine the

"above" alternatives to see if all of them or none of them apply totally. If even

one does not apply totally, do not consider "all of the above" or "none of the

above" as the correct answer. Make sure that a statement applies to the

question since it can be true, but not be relevant to the question at hand! 

Note negatives. If a negative such as "none", "not", "never", or "neither"

occurs in the stem, know that the correct alternative must be a fact or absolute

and that the other alternatives could be true statements, but not the correct


Note superlatives. Words such as "every", "all", "none", "always", and "only"

are superlatives that indicate the correct answer must be an undisputed fact. In

the social sciences, absolutes are rare. 

Note qualifying words. "Usually", "often", "generally", "may", and "seldom"

are qualifiers that could indicate a true statement. 

Study Qualifications. Break the stem down into grammeatical parts. Pull out

the bare subject and verb (if it is in the stem), and then examine all the

modifiers (qualifiers) to the subject and verb. This process ensures that you

will examine every part of the stem. 

Changing Answers. Research has shown that changing answers on a multiple

choice or true-false exam is neither good nor bad: if you have a good reason

for changing your answer, change it. The origin of the myth that people always

change from "right" to "wrong" is that those (i.e. the wrong ones) are the only

ones you will see when you review your exam – you won't notice the ones you

changed from "wrong" to "right." 

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3. Some students are under the mistaken impression that if they read and understand something,

they know it. The most common error students make when preparing for multiple choice

exams is to study only to the point where they can recognize the correct answer - 

"after all, the right answer is right there on the page in front of you . . ."

Multiple choice exams, along with many other types of exams, test not just your 

ability to recognize information, but your ability to recall

and apply facts and concepts as well.

To ensure that you can do more than recognize the right answer, try to test yourself 

periodically as you're studying. For example, once you've completed a section of your 

notes, put them away and try to summarize the information, on paper or orally if you can. 

Imagine that you'll have to teach a class on that information tomorrow, and create an outlin

for your lecture and make a list of questions the students might ask. Or, draw a diagram to

summarize the information, using boxes for main concepts and arrows to show how they're related.

Strategies like these can be used to test your ability to both recall the material and to

re-organize and transform it into a new format. However, since multiple choice exams demand

that you deal with the course material in a specific format, it's most important that your 

studying includes practice in both writing and answering multiple choice questions.

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4. some other strategies:

Always cover up the possible responses with a piece of paper or with your hand while you read 

the stem, or body of the question. 

Try to anticipate the correct response before you are distracted by seeing the options that your 

instructor has provided. Then, uncover the responses. 

If you see the response that you anticipated, circle it and then check to be sure that none of the 

other responses is better. If you do not see a response that you expected, then consider some of the 

following strategies to eliminate responses that are probably wrong. 

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5. law multiple choice questions - The questions and the answers in law multiple choiceoften

contain distracting information designed to lure the reader from the real focus of the question.

To do well in these type of multiple choice questions, students must not only thoroughly understand 

the applicable substantive law being tested in a given question, but must also have developed sharp 

reasoning skills, and must understand the unique way in which these multiple-choice questions are asked.

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