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Multiple-choice tests without the guesswork: Martin Bush at TEDxLondonSouthBankU


5 Rules (and One Secret Weapon) for Acing Multiple Choice Tests

A,B,C,D... which answer is most common on multiple choice questions? Is the old advice to go with C when in doubt actually true?

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"Better Ways to Do Multiple-choice Testing" Dr. Martin Bush (CSEDU 2017)

Title: Better Ways to Do Multiple-choice Testing

Keynote Lecturer: Martin Bush
Presented on: 21/04/2017, Porto, Portugal

Abstract: Guesswork harms the reliability of traditional multiple-choice tests, and this is one reason why many educators feel uneasy about using multiple-choice tests for summative assessment. The reliability of a multiple-choice test can be improved by including more questions, but longer tests are more time consuming to take, let alone to create. Negative marking is often used to discourage pure guesswork, and therefore to enhance test reliability, however some “educated” guesswork is to be expected.A more effective way of reducing guesswork is to give test takers greater freedom to express their preferences in relation to the answer options associated with each question. For example, test takers can be asked to assign an order of preference to the answer options, or allowed to select two or more answer options whenever they have no clear first preference. Dr Martin Bush will explain the research he has undertaken within this area, and present consequent recommendations to educators who are using – or thinking of using – multiple-choice tests for formative and/or summative assessment.

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Acing Multiple Choice Tests: Advanced Strategies

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How to Study for a Test. These are my best how to study tips.

Several of these tips come from William Poundstone's book 'Rock Breaks Scissors. In here there are some very interesting statistics on taking multiple choice test.

B was correct 28% of the time when there are 4 choices
E was correct 23% of the time when there are 5 choices

He discovered that when the option 'none of the above' or 'all of the above' is correct 52% of the time!

These are not strategies on how to study for a test.
1. Get pumped up for the test. Believe that you want to do well. Having a positive attitude will help you when you are studying for a test.
2. Be well prepared is the best way to stay relaxed and if you study for a test you will be relaxed and well prepared.
3. Glance over the test. See how many questions are on the test this will help you as you study for a test. This gives you a feel for the test.
4. Answer the questions in order you know first
5. Review your answers when you are done. This will help you check your work and is a great test taking strategy
6. Use the memory palace or the mind palace to memorize the test
7. If you can't think of the answer a great test taking strategy is to think back to the room you were in when you first took the test
8. Get some sleep the night before you take a test. You will not be able to ace a test if you are not rested.

These are some of my how to ace a test strategy.

The strategies for understanding the probabilities of multiple choice are good to know.

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Test-Taking Strategies for Multiple-Choice Questions

Ten tips from Dr. Miller on how to approach multiple-choice questions in science courses. Feel free to share your tips in the comments below!

How to Answer Multiple Choice Questions - Study Tips

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The truth is, that while multiple choice tests can seem tricky, they really can be the best way to test for CERTAIN kinds of knowledge. Namely - can you draw distinctions between closely related ideas?

To do well on Multiple choice tests, you have to stay calm and proceed through the test without getting too hung up on any one question. In this video, we share some of our best strategies for doing well on multiple choice tests. Our number one tip is to take a practice test, and then use it to figure out what you DON’T know. Then, study only the material you don’t know! This can feel uncomfortable, but it really is the most efficient use of your time. After studying, then re-test yourself, only on those topics you previously missed. Now, you have a much better chance of success on the real test, and you haven’t wasted precious study time on material you were already going to get right on the test.

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How To Win Rock Paper Scissors and Multiple Choice Strategies

Learn how to always win rock paper scissors and the best multiple choice test strategies. The book Rock Beats Scissors, written by William Poundstone, there are many awesome ways to outsmart and outwit the general population. There are a few simple techniques you can use to outguess multiple choice and true false questions. The psychology behind picking the longest answer is that the test maker must produce an answer that has no ambiguity, and therefor must clarify a longer answer. Also, most answers with always, all, none, or never are usually wrong, unless they are either 'all of the above' or 'none of the above', which are correct 65% of the time.

True False strategy:
1)Go through and pick all known answers
2)When there is a true on both sides, pick false
3)When there is a false on both sides, pick true
4)When both sides are different, pick true

Multiple Choice Strategy:
1) Pick B if you have to guess on 4 options
2) Pick E if you have to guess on 5 options
3) Don't pick answers with Always, Never, None, or All
4) Pick answers such as All of the above

Rock Paper Scissors Strategy:
1) Pick Paper when against a man
2) Pick Scissors when against a woman
3) When you beat them, switch to what hand would beat the hand you played
4) When you lose, stick with your current hand
5) When they play two of the same hands in a row, expect a different hand the next throw and account for it
6) Tell them you're going to throw something, then ACTUALLY throw it

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If you've already answered a question on a test, but now you're thinking about changing it, should you? Or should you stick with your gut?

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This is 2 minute classroom and today I am going to give you 7 tips for multiple choice exams.

And if you want to further develop your study and test taking skills, i’ve linked some books I recommend and a study playlist in the description.

Now onto the tips, we’ll start with the basic ones and then move on to the more advanced tips, but all of these tips are relevant.

Tip #1 is to read through the instructions carefully.

I’m always shocked at how many students jump right into a test without reading the instructions. Maybe you’re one of them. There is often valuable information in the instructions about how to take the test and what you are allowed to do, so read it first.

After reading the instructions, you can move on to tip #2 which is to answer the easy questions first.

This is a solid tip for nearly every type of test. It provides an overview of the test and gives you several small victories to boost your confidence right at the beginning of the test.

Tip #3 is to answer the question in your mind before reading the answer options.

Use a piece of paper or your hand to cover the answer options. You may have to get a little more creative if it’s a digital test. Then with the answers covered, read the question and formulate your best idea of the answer in your mind before looking at the answers.

So why do this rather than just reading through the answers? Because you won’t get confused by the answer choices and thinking two or three of the options sound like good answers. If one of the options is similar to the answer you came to in your head, then you can answer faster and with more confidence. Try it out.

Tip #4 is to read every answer option.

Similar to the instructions, many students skip this step on at least a few questions, often to their demise.

Because most multiple choice test questions want you to find the most correct answer, there may be multiple “correct” answers, so if you stop at the first correct one, you may not see the most correct one. Even if you think you’ve found the answer, read them all.

Tip # 5 is to use the process of elimination.

When you come to a question that you don’t know the answer to, you can increase your odds by eliminating answers you know to be incorrect. Physically cross them out if you can.

If you can narrow it down to two or three answers, you’ll increase your odds for guessing correctly from the remaining answer choices.

I’ll do a seperate video about guessing strategies for multiple choice tests and link it below, because that is a whole video in and of itself.

And if you are finding these tips valuable, consider subscribing, because you’ll likely find a lot more value from my future content.

Tip #6 is specifically for “all of the above” type questions.

You don’t actually have to know if all of the above answers are correct, you just need to know if more than one are correct. For example, if the question has 5 possible answers, the last of which is “all of the above” and you know that first and third answers are correct, but are uncertain about the other two, then you can confidently answer “all of the above”.

Tip #7 is to answer every question

I was amazed as a teacher to see students not answer multiple choice questions. I understand that you may not know the answer, but you can certainly write or circle a random answer. And there can also be a lot of strategy to guessing, which I’ll make a separate video on.

The only time you don’t want to guess is when you lose points for wrong answers. In my experience, most tests award you 0 points for a wrong answer, but on certain tests, you’ll lose points for answering incorrectly, so make sure you know for you test before you guess.

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Multiple Choice Secrets! The complete guide to answering multiple choice

Taking a standardized Test? Multiple choice strategies can give you that extra edge!

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First, a “bird’s-eye-view” and some general strategy. Then, tips from students, based on science, that will help you bubble your way to success. Last, some myth-busting—if you have to guess, what works (and what doesn’t)? Here's the breakdown:

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