Multiple choice tests involve a question (stem) and 2 or more options for answers. People get stuck on multiple choices once they over think the question or try to justify answers to themselves. However, sticking to a format for answering multiple choice tests can improve marks and reduce stress. 

Read the directions

  • Are there questions with more than one correct option?
  • Is there a penalty for guessing?
  • How much time is allowed?

Preview the test

  • Scan the test and answer the easiest questions first
  • Mark questions that will require more thought
  • Read through the test a second time and answer more difficult questions

Answering options

  • Cover the options, read the stem, and try to answer without looking
  • Select the option that most closely matches your answer
  • Treat each option as a true-false question, and choose the “most true”

Answering Difficult Questions

  • Eliminate options you know to be incorrect
  • Give each option of a question the “true-false test:”
  • Question options that grammatically don’t fit with the stem
  • Question options that are totally unfamiliar to you


  • Always guess rather than leaving blank spaces when there is no penalty
  • Use hints from questions you’ve already done
  • Change your first answers when you are sure of the correction.
  • Remember that you are looking for the best answer, not only a correct one, and not one which must be true all of the time, in all cases, and without exception.