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Many science questions are based on the scientific method and experimental model. When you readthe test question, identify the hypothesis the problem is proposing; be prepared to describe anexperimental structure to prove a hypothesis. When you check your work, make sure the hypothesis,experimental steps, and a summary of results (or expected results) are clear. Some of these elementsmay be part of the question, while others you may need to provide in your answer.Key TakeawaysThere is no such thing as an unimportant quiz.In addition to studying, prepare for exams and quizzes by getting plenty of rest, eating well, and gettingsome exercise the day before the exam.Cramming is seldom a good strategy.Before the exam, learn as much as you can about the kinds of questions your instructor will be asking andthe specific material that will be covered.The first step to successful completion of any exam is to browse the entire exam and develop a plan(including a “time budget”) for completing the exam.Read questions carefully. Underline keywords in questions, particularly in essay questions and sciencequestions.Unless points are deducted for a wrong answer, it pays to take educated guesses.216 CollegeSuccess
6.4 The Secrets of the Q and A’sLearning Objectives1.Understand the five principal types of questions.2.Gain specific strategies for addressing each type of question.You can gain even more confidence in your test-taking abilities by understanding the different kinds of questionsan instructor may ask and applying the following proven strategies for answering them. Most instructors willlikely use various conventional types of questions. Here are some tips for handling the most common types.Multiple-Choice QuestionsRead the instructions carefully to determine if there may be more than one right answer. If there aremultiple right answers, does the instructor expect you to choose just one, or do you need to mark allcorrect options?Read each question carefully and try to answer it in your headbeforereading the answer options. Thenconsiderallthe options. Eliminate first the options that are clearly incorrect. Compare the remaininganswers with your own answer before choosing one and marking your paper.Look for clue words that hint that certain option answers might be correct or incorrect. Absolute wordslike “never,” “always,” “every,” or “none” are rarely found in a correct option. Less absolute wordslike “usually,” “often,” or “rarely” are regularly found in correct options.Be on the lookout for the word “not” in the stem phrase and in the answer choice options; it is an easyword to miss if you are reading too quickly, but it completely changes the meaning of the possiblestatements.

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