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OMG: I just failed a level 100 multiple choice midterm... I'm in 4th year. Does anyone have any tips on how to take multiple choice exams?

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  1. Do your readings so you know your shit...? I don't know what kind of suggestions you're looking for.

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  2. Just study and pick the best answer. There really aren't any tricks for multiple choice.

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  3. While reading the question cover all of the options with your hand. Try to think of the answer first on your own without seeing the options...You can write this down. Then look at the options and compare, that will prevent you from getting confused or tricked:) Keep at it!

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    1. This, and also don't change your answers (aka second guess yourself). You just end up psyching yourself out and choosing the wrong one

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    2. 100% this.

      Also, for m/c exams I tend to make myself 'self-exams' to study. So I practice recalling lists of information, terms, and definitions. It helps prep your mind for the type of recall you will be doing in the exam.

      Lastly, in addition to covering up the answers, I often underline or highlight the key parts of the question to help me slow down my reading. If I don't, I find I read too fast and misread the question and then get it wrong.

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  4. Here this might help. A PSYCH prof posted a good MC guide in learn but there isn't a link. He sourced this site :)

    http://www.sdc.uwo.ca/learning/selfhelp/handouts__advice/PDFs/Exams%20-%20Preparing,%20Writing,%20and%20Beyond/Learning%20From%20Multiple.pdf

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  5. I always work through it from last to first question, so i know im out of sync with everyone else and we're not competing for speed =P

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  6. - Check if you are docked marks for wrong answers. If you are not 99.99% sure of your answer - don't; a 0 is better than a -1.
    - If the answer isn't coming to you fairly quickly, skip that Q and go to the next, then come back later (fairly quickly still means you try the calculations at least once). Once you have the "low-hanging fruit" under control you may be in a better frame of mind to continue.
    - Check our math.

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    1. AFM or business student?

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  8. i'm with you on this...i usually get 80%+ on non-MC sections of exams and somehow end up with 60%- on MC...trick to get through this really is make sure you grind down to the gritty details of MC...it's really about attention to detail because I've realized the thing with MC is how the choices always have the slightest but of a difference and then you can easily pick the wrong one even though you might actually know the concept

    and if you have the chance make sure you do as many practice tests as possible

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  9. The trick with MC tests is to pick up on individual factoids or definitions that your prof emphasized in class, and structure your studying around them

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  10. is this the CLAS midterm? Man, I hate this course.

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  11. NOOO you dumb shit. You just suck balls, study moron

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  12. Hey OP, hang in there, everyone has rough days on exams. Some general tips that have helped me is to take a quick scan of the exam, are there questions that touch on the same topic? Try to do those one after another instead of jumping from topic to topic. If you have any questions you don't understand circle them on your scantron and go back to them when you're finished the exam (you could get some information in other M/C questions that could help you with the question). Also, take a deep breath, you'll survive! :)

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  13. which course is this?

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  14. Just sit behind someone smart and copy their answer sheet. It's really easy for multiple choice exams because you only need to reproduce the shape the answers make on the sheet....

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  15. Try to eliminate 2 possible answers on questions you're unsure of. A 1 in 2 chance is much better than a 1 in 4 chance when faced with questions that you do not 'know'.

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