How to solve MCQ questions

“Two roads diverged in a yellow wood,

And sorry I could not travel both

And be one traveler, long I stood

And looked down one as far as I could

To where it bent in the undergrowth;…”

The excerpt was taken from a famous poem written by Robert Frost “The Road not Taken” which is a classic example of how life throws so many choices and how easily we get confused  that we can’t choose!
Same goes when we encounter multiple choice questions in exams and get confused which one to go for! Usually when the question doesn’t seem that hard, it is the choices that makes the question hard.

How? Let’s have a look at this question:
Questions like:
What is the distance between the moon and Earth?
1. 10kms    2. 30 kms    3. 1000 kms    4. 384,400 kms

We all know the options given on A,B and C are absurd and silly, so we can eliminate the options and chose the option D blindfoldedly. Nows let’s see the questions that are extremely hard:

What is the distance between the moon and Earth?
1. 346,900 kms  2. 479,098 kms  3. 384,400 kms   4.356,888 kms

The question is same, the choices give made it hard to answer. That’s the beauty of MCQ’s that will even confuse a genius mind.

Before going to the tactics, there are some facts to know about the multiple choice questions:
– The correct answer is always given to you.
– You must choose only one answer
– Most question have one answer that are obviously incorrect.
– Often when 2 choice seem to be correct, there must be a small difference.

Let’s have some tactics to go for when you face a multiple choice question that will help you choose the right answer!

–  Firstly relax and read the entire questions and directions given in the questions. Determine the keywords and see what the question is asking for.
–  Answer the question in your head first. If it is a math question then go for solving the question first and then start to scour the choices. Read all the choices and see if the choices are close enough or same as the answer.

–  Now eliminate the choices that are absurd, obviously incorrect or silly.
–  Refer the question back to make sure the choice that you are choosing is the correct one.

–  If there are no negative marks for the incorrect answer, then you will have 20-25% chances of choosing the correct answer on multiple choice questions. Always go for guessing the right answer, don’t ever leave the question blank if there are no negative answers.

Remember, we should not rule out the importance of concept clarity. Make sure to have a clear understanding of the syllabus and the topics before attempting the questions.

We can start by preparing from the Previous year question papers and practise papers to get the hang of the questions and use the tactics to solve the questions. Time management is another skill to master to solve the questions and the best way to develop that is by practise.

Last but not the least, always enter the examination hall with a positive attitude. All the best for the exams!

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