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Answering Multiple Choice Questions

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- 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

- 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)

- 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

- 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