Study Tips for Passing Multiple Choice Tests in High School

Written by James Madison High School on Tuesday, 27 September 2016. Posted in Study Tips

Study Tips for Passing Multiple Choice Tests in High School

Multiple choice tests are an important part of earning a high school diploma. More often than not, whether you study online or at your local high school, you're going to have to take some multiple choice tests and quizzes. If not, they are still a great study tool.

Tests can be very stressful, but there are some things you can do to prepare for tests and to help you receive a passing grade. We all know that studying is important, but the type of studying might depend on the material. That's why we're going to take a moment to go over some study and test taking tips:

1. Pay Attention to Definitions

Most subjects and books are going to feature a variety of definitions. Multiple choice tests regularly include some of these definitions. The problem is, you have to learn all of them just to be safe! When you study, you should focus on learning all the definitions.

One useful tip is to use index cards. Write the word on one side with the definition on the other. Then study by trying to recall the definition when you see the word. Once you have that down, flip your approach, and read the definition and try to recall the word!

2. Remember the Dates

If you're taking a history or social science class, make sure you take some time to memorize dates. Some multiple choice tests will typically try to quiz you on dates because they can get all jumbled up in your head. Memorizing dates can be hard, but it's important to do.

Writing the date and the meaning on a piece of paper and seeing them next to each other could be a good way to study. You can also try to think of some time/name association. If a date happens to fall near your birthday, you might have a better chance of remembering the date! Index cards are also useful for this when you write the event description on one side and the date on the other.

3. When Answering Questions, Eliminate Obvious Wrongs

One of the most important tips for taking multiple choice tests is to eliminate answers that are obviously wrong. If you eliminate these obviously wrong answers, you'll be able to hone in on the answers that might be right. Even if you have to guess, your chances of guessing right will greatly increase.

It’s important to remember that no multiple choices tests are the same. Some will focus more on the overall theme of a chapter, some will focus more on specific terms, and others will focus on something else entirely. The most important things you can do while trying to earn your high school diploma is to over prepare and eliminate obvious wrong answers. Good luck!

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