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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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• 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