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Objective Exams


  • Know and understand the vocabulary used in the subject and discipline.
  • Know and understand the sequence of any procedures used in the subject and discipline.
  • Frequently review key terms, procedures, concepts etc. Write summary sheets for each subject titled “What to Know”.
  • Practice writing objective tests: use your study guide, other textbooks, online study guides, and old tests.

Writing Objective Exams

Multiple Choice Questions

  • Carefully read and follow all the instructions.
  • Underline any statements regarding penalties for wrong answers. If there are penalties then do not guess unless you can narrow down the selections to two. If there are no penalties then make reasoned guesses.
  • Read the question stem and all the options carefully before making a selection.
  • Underline key words and phrases. An option may have been included that is correct except for one word.
  • Answer easy questions first. This will build confidence. Note the difficult questions and return to them.
  • Most questions ask for a single correct response but some responses suggest more than one option. For example,
    Option d) may say “a and b” are correct
    Option e) may say “a and c” are correct.
    In this case carefully read the question and all options. Remember that all aspects of the option must be correct in order to be considered correct.
  • Underline negative words in the stem such as except, not etc. these can confuse your understanding of what the question asks.
  • Eliminate answers that are obviously wrong or you suspect are wrong. Elimination rules:
    1. Is the choice accurate?
    2. Is any part of the choice false?
    3. Is the choice relevant?
    4. Are there qualifiers such as always, never, all, none, or every? Most often you can eliminate these choices.
    5. Do the choices give clues? Were clues given in other questions?
    6. Look for two choices with similar meanings. One of these is probably correct if they haven’t already been eliminated.
    7. Pick the answer that most closely matches all aspects of the stem question.

True/False Questions

  • Pay close attention to qualifiers such as all, only, always, because, generally, usually, and sometimes. These qualifiers can turn a statement that would otherwise be true into one that is false and vice versa! Read the statement carefully noting and evaluating what is actually stated.
  • For a statement to be true the entire statement (all clauses) must be true.