test-taking strategies for multiple choice exams

6 Test-Taking Strategies for Multiple Choice Exams [Backed by Data]

Ever got stuck on multiple-choice questions in a test where you were not certain about the answer? Or, you had to rush through the last few questions due to paucity of time.

When faced with such situations, the best you can do is eliminate as many options as possible and make an educated guess?

Educated guess!

Yes, that’s one of the obvious secrets behind the success of top test-takers in multiple-choice exams.

But, are you really making educated guesses?

why students panic in exams and how to avoid it

Faced Nerves and Panic Attack in Exams? Learn 7 (Research-Backed) Ways to Control It

(Warning: it’s a long post, but it’ll answer your query on the topic thoroughly.)

14 April 1996.

US Masters.

In one of the worst chokes in golfing history, Greg Norman, the then world no. 1, squandered an almost unbridgeable lead of six shots to lose by a big margin of five shots to Nick Faldo.

3 July 1993.

Women’s singles final at Wimbledon.

Jana Novotna lost the first set 6-7 to Steffi Graf. Won the second 6-1, and was leading 4-1, 40-30 in the final set.

She had the momentum and, more importantly, a massive lead. Yet she failed to close out the match and lost five games in a row from there to concede the final set (and the match), 4-6.

test anxiety

How to Overcome Test-Taking Anxiety – Steps for 4 Phases of the Exam?

Have you ever sabotaged your chances in an exam because you were overly nervous?

Have you blanked-out, even for minutes?

Or have you find it difficult to concentrate while taking a test?

Burdened by expectations, fear of failure, and poor time management skills among other reasons, many students face these situations.

According to this study, 25 to 40 percent of students experience test anxiety. And, as you may have experienced, anxiety can have deleterious effect on your performance. One study found that highly test-anxious students score about 12 percentile points below their less anxious peers. This is average, though; some, of course, perform way below this.

You may be prepared to the teeth, but test-anxiety may still undo weeks and months of hard work in a matter of few hours.

And when?

When it probably matters the most!

what to eat when studying

What to Eat When Studying for Better Focus and Energy?

You would’ve heard it all – eat every 2-3 hours, don’t have too much caffeine, keep hydrated, eat healthy, and so on.

But do you know that certain types of food, which also happen to be the most regularly consumed by students, can send your energy level soaring to the top of the rollercoaster, and in short time, to its lowest point. And this crash can deprive you of the much needed energy to focus on the task at hand, including studying, something you can prevent by a better choice of what you eat or drink.

Imagine, this happening during an important day, say the day you’re taking an important test or the day you really need to slog at high efficiency to pull off that last-minute submission.

physical exercise can improve academic performance

A Surprising Study Hack for Students – Physical Exercise

It’s an ultra-competitive world. In academic tests at national/ international level, if you don’t finish in top few percentiles, sometimes under 1%, you’re unlikely to achieve your goal of getting admission to your dream college or that coveted fellowship.

In pursuit of such tough goals, diligent students go all out to get an edge on any front – study material, tutors, diet, energy boosters, and so on.

And even Physical Exercise (PE)!

You read it right. Physical exercise. Physical exercise of a certain kind, though. And it’ll help you even if you’ve a modest goal of just improving in your most challenging subjects.

hygiene factors for tough exams

Preparing for Tough Competitive Exams? 3 Must-Haves

You’ve to write a tough competitive exam in six months, and you’re about to make a plan for it.

What’ll be some of your first steps in making this plan?

Gathering tips on how to prepare for tough exams?

Or, finding out what material others study?

These are some of obvious first steps, no doubt. But, before these, you got to answer to yourself few fundamental questions to make sure you’ve a realistic go at the exam. These are: