a) Multiple-choice questions are often confusing.
b) Multiple-choice exams require students to memorize massive amounts of information and simply “recognize” the right answer.
c) Multiple-choice exams often result in an under-estimation of a student’s knowledge.
d) If a student struggles with multiple-choice exams, nothing can be done; they better hope to make up for it in other ways.
e) All of the above
f) None of the above
g) A and C only
h) B and D only
Many of us have come across questions like the one above, which test our ability to decipher questions as much as our knowledge of the subject matter (in our opinion, G is the “least untrue” option). Luckily, most multiple-choice exams are not composed of intentionally confusing questions. Still, many students struggle with multiple-choice exams, and there are several possible reasons why. First, students may not set enough time aside to study or when they are studying, they approach the material in a less-than-ideal way. The Multiple-Choice Test Taking program consists of 8 lessons, ongoing consultation with a psychologist, and regular progress reports (appropriate for students aged 10 and up). It will ensure that students understand how to schedule enough time to study as well as how to use their time wisely by providing lessons on time management and effective study skills. In addition, because multiple-choice exams are unique in format and content, the program provides instructions to students on how to approach these tests in the most efficient manner. Lessons include:
- Time management during exams
- How to decipher questions and stems
- Selecting the “most appropriate answer”
- What to do when you’re still stumped
By junior high school, a student’s overall mark largely depends on their
performance on multiple-choice exams, and during post-secondary school, sometimes 100% of the mark is based on multiple-choice exams. Give your child the tools s/he needs to perform well on these tests and watch their success and confidence grow.
NOTE: Students are expected to complete assignments each week as part of their training; however, this should not add to their workload. Rather, the assignments are intended to support their ability to complete already assigned academic tasks with greater ease.
The Test Taking Series at Eckert Psychology & Education Centre:
- Is supported by Educational Psychologists with expertise in test taking strategies
- Is provided by skilled trainers with background education and specific training in test taking strategies
- Presents activities in an enjoyable manner that helps students remain motivated throughout the program
- Is fine-tuned in its delivery to meet your child’s unique learning needs as they come to light during training
The Test Taking Series:
- Improves performance on multiple choice tests
- Students learn effective study skills and time management strategies for studying
- Students will be taught test taking strategies (e.g., how to decipher questions and stems)
- Students will notice an increase in their confidence because of their improved performance on exams