10 Simple Tips to solve Multiple Choice Questions

AIIMSOnly few days left for your AIPMT Exam and you must be having some fear in mind. This might be your first time when you will be attempting a Multiple Choice Exam. Till now you might have attempted Descriptive Type Exam and hope you scored well but a Multiple Choice Exam is slightly different and requires a special method of preparation.

Most of the students consider Multiple Choice Exams easier than Descriptive Exams. And the obvious reasons are:

  • The correct answer is guaranteed to be among the possible responses. A student can score points with a lucky guess.
  • Many Multiple Choice Exams tend to emphasize basic definitions or simple comparisons, rather than asking students to analyze new information or apply theories to new situations.
  • Multiple Choice Exams usually contain many more questions than Descriptive Exams do. Each question has a lower point value and thus offers less risk.

Though there are some reasons to consider Multiple Choice Exams easy, there are few reasons which prove Multiple Choice Exams tougher than Descriptive Exams. And the reasons are:

  • As Multiple Choice Exams contain more questions, students required to be familiar with a much broader range of material than Descriptive Exams do.
  • Students need to have a greater familiarity with details such as specific dates, names, or vocabulary than most Descriptive Exams do.
  • Finally, because it is much more difficult for a teacher to frame good multiple choice questions than descriptive questions, students often face higher risks due to unintended ambiguity.

As only few days left for your exam, we can suggest some strategies to do well in Multiple Choice Exam. We really don’t claim that with these strategies only you can top the exam but surely you can do better.

1. First of all, know how much time is allowed. For your AIPMT Exam you have exactly 180 minutes to solve total 180 Questions. That simply means you have only 1 minute to solve 1 question. This governs your strategy.

2. Read the questions carefully. Answer the easy ones first and skip the tougher questions for later.

3. Once you finished with the easy questions go back and look for the questions that you skipped. Look at each question individually and carefully and eliminate the incorrect options. Always remember that you will be given penalty for wrong answers, so try to attempt the sure shot question.

4. If you get confused between the two options, choose the most correct one. If you are still confused, better to skip that question rather than choosing a wrong option.

5. Try to make each option pass the “true-false” test. Cross out the options that are not true and select the option that most closely matches your answer.

6. Eliminate statements having absolute meaning. Options that use the words “always,” “none” or “never” are less likely to be true than “usually” or “probably.”

7. Choose “all of the above” only if you know that more than one option are correct.

8. Check the stem. If the question ends with “a” or “an,” then the first word of the correct answer may match the given article.

9. Don’t spend too much of time on one question, if you have any doubt on the question leave it for later, otherwise you will not get enough time for the remaining ones.

10. And lastly, if time allows, review both questions and answers all over again. It is possible you miss-read questions for the first time. Correct your mistakes and go ahead.

Hope you will do well in the exam and the strategies will work for you. Our best wishes are always with you.