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Answering Multiple Choice Questions. Know your test – For AP Statistics No penalties for wrong answers ( Answer every one ) Bubble BEST ANSWER in the context of the question No answer choice may be precisely correct or More than one choice may be correct

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Answering multiple choice questions
Answering Multiple Choice Questions

  • Know your test – For AP Statistics

    • No penalties for wrong answers (Answer every one)

    • BubbleBEST ANSWER in the context of the question

      • No answer choice may be precisely correct or

      • More than one choice may be correct

    • Often the stem has extraneous information

    • Often data is given, but there may also be a summary metric which precludes the need for calculations

    • NoHighlighting BUT YOU CAN WRITE ON THE TEST

    • Weakly erased answers or stray marks often result in wrong scanned scores – and no one will know that!

    • One or two questions may make a huge difference in your normalized score! (It is based on relative performance) - EVERY ONE QUESTION COUNTS BIG TIME


Multiple choice questions 2
Multiple Choice Questions #2

  • Cover answer choices (called distracters!):

    • Read (skim if long) the stem of the question

    • Do not start calculations until you understand the question

    • Underline the precise question (usually at the end of the stem)

    • Think about the intent of the question (what content is the author trying to find out if you know)

    • Reread the stem thinking of the precise question and intent

    • Determine the most likely answer(s)


Multiple choice questions 3
Multiple Choice Questions #3

  • Compare your answer(s) to the answer choices

  • Look at each answer choice & mark off those that are clearly impossible choices

  • Watch out for answers that are part of your solution calculations/considerations but do not answer the precise question

  • If you are sure of an answer – circle it and move on --- DO NOT BUBBLE ANY ANSWERS AT THIS TIME

  • If Not sure, leave possible choices unmarked (you should designate the answer that seems most likely). Mark this question (On the test) and return to it later


Multiple choice questions 4
Multiple Choice Questions #4

  • Often as you do a test you will get an idea on an earlier problem

  • DO NOT SPEND TOO MUCH TIME ON ONE QUESTION – figure your pace and more on! – for the AP Exam there are 90 minutes for 40 questions

    • So MOVE ON if a question is not answered in 2 minutes

    • Most kids finish the MC test in one hour so you should have plenty of time to go back.

  • BUBBLE in the last 10 minutes (WATCH YOUR TIME) . Do not bubble early to minimize erasers

  • DO not pass in your test early – CHECK YOUR ANSWERS

  • If GUESSING go with your first guess. Only change your first guess if you think of a specific reason to change it

  • Use a MARS or equivalent eraser

  • Do not OVERANALYZE the problem. Think of the Intent and go for the BEST not PERFECT answer


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