Students who have good study habits, acquire information easily, perform well in class discussions and lab situations and yet score lower on multiple choice tests than their performance would indicate, often benefit from learning a structured testing strategy. This strategy aids students in multiple choice situations through the following steps:
- Cover the choices/alternatives.
- Read the questions/stem.
- Generate your own answers.
- Match choices/alternatives to your own answers one-by-one; decide each independently.
√ to indicate “yes”
X to indicate “no”
? to indicate “I don’t know”
- Compare your decisions to the question/stem. Does your answer satisfy the problem?
- If so, mark the answer sheet. If not, reapply the strategy.
Source: Pheobe Helm, Ed. D., Teaching students to read and respond to complex multiple choice test items workshop presentation, 1984 NADE Conference, Philadelphia, PA.