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Creating Option Guides

You can improve your proficiency with this type of question by selecting one or two of the options and using them as option guides in responding to the question. For example:

Which of the following is true regarding the licensing of an insurance agent?

  1. Prelicensing education requirements must be satisfied.
  2. The individual must be at least age 18.
  3. The person must be a United States citizen.
  4. A state licensing exam must be passed.
  1. III and IV.
  2. I, II and III.
  3. I, II and IV.
  4. I, II, III and IV.

Let's assume that you know with certainty that Roman numerals I and IV are correct. Your recollection regarding options II and III is not quite as sharp. I and IV then become your option guides. You must select an answer that contains I and IV. This means either C or D. You then decide with a degree of certainty that III is not a correct response. Therefore, you must select an answer that contains I and IV but does not include III. Without any further debate with yourself, you now pick C as the correct answer.

Accordingly, your task is made easier by systematically attacking this type of question and trying to determine option guides. In addition, this question also lends itself to the true-false approach, which can ease your task somewhat.

Preparation + Attack = Solution

With proper preparation and a systematic attack, multiple answer questions are not that difficult. Notice the word attack is used here. Be aggressive. Don't be apprehensive. Go after this type of question in a systematic way, and it should be no more difficult than any other type of objective question.