This guide provides sample multiple choice questions and strategies on how to answer them.
Let’s look at the 10 common types of multiple choice questions and how to decode them.
In a look-alike set, all the options are very similar.
The highest correlation of IQ scores between family members has been found for
Identify the key term based on a definition.
A(n) (insert term) _________variable can be any factor, other than the variable being manipulated, in the experiment that might affect the dependent variable.
Define the terms in each of the options.
Look for the wrong answers instead of looking for the matching answers.
These questions often use these words: not, except, never.
Anxiety disorders are characterized by all of these symptoms except
More than one option could be correct.
Possible answers to these types of questions often include one of these phrases:
One limitation of the dispositional approach to personality is that
Read each of the options and check if they are correct. If more than one option is correct, the answer could be a combination of options.
In this example, if option A is correct, remember to check if option D is also correct.
Fill in the blanks in the form of multiple choice.
Troia has a (insert first term) _________ identity (her unique characteristics) and (insert second term) __________ identity (characteristics that make her part of a larger whole).
Answer the question as if it were two separate multiple choice questions.
Pick one of the columns to answer first and then eliminate the wrong options. This will give you fewer options to pick from for the rest of the question.
Apply concepts in different situations and predict the outcomes.
This type of question may include a focus on organs, biological systems, diseases, processes, etc. All of these can be turned into this type of multiple choice question. The topics are taken out of their usual context and you have to predict what will happen.
Mandy has no rods in her retina. Cliff has both cones and rods in his retina. Mandy and Cliff both go into a dark movie theatre after walking in the bright sunshine. While in the dark, Mandy will
Identify how a concept is applied in different contexts
Answer: What happens if…?
Select the correct order.
In vision, sensory information takes which of the following routes
Draw flowcharts to remember the order of events.
Watch out for: processes, timelines, pathways.
Recognize a key term described in an example.
Indiana Jones looks at the ground near his feet. He hears a hissing sound and sees a long thin shape with scales. From this information only, he determines the object is a snake. He is using(insert term) _________ processing.
Create examples for key terms in your readings and lecture notes. Applying the definitions will improve your understanding and prepare you for these multiple choice questions.
Pick the best option based on the scenario. These questions often use words like most, major, main, least, least likely, best, probably.
Dr. Johnson studies how juries make decisions as a group. She is most likely a (insert term) _________psychologist.
Compare and contrast key terms. A lot of terms can be similar, but you want to know how they are different. These differences will help you identify why the terms are unique and how they can be applied.
Identify the key facts and figures from your class readings.
According to the 2004 study by Deary and colleagues, the correlation between the intelligence test results of a cohort of 11-year-olds in 1932 and the intelligence test results of the same cohort as 80-year-olds was approximately:
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This work is adapted from the University of Toronto’s Robert Gillespie Academic Skills Centre’s 10 Common Types of Multiple Choice Questions and How to Solve Them and is licensed under a Creative Commons Attribution-NonCommercial-ShareAlike 4.0 International License.
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