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Preparing for True or False Tests

In the real world today, you seldom are faced with a true-false test. In theory, you could answer all of the questions true (or all false) and score about 50 percent. If we assume that tests are designed to measure learning and knowledge, a 50 percent score on a true or false test would seem to measure that you're "lucky" about 50 percent of the time.

However, if you are properly prepared for a true-false test, you should do better than 50 percent. Generally, you should approach this test in much the same way you would approach any objective test.

Preparation means:

  • Proper study of the test material
  • Maintaining a positive attitude
  • Understanding key concepts
  • Some memorization of pertinent facts

Naturally, as you begin to take the test, you should scan the entire exam, and get a feel for the complexity of the exam and the time that it may take you to complete it. You could then approach the exam by carefully reading each question, underlining key words and first answering all those questions that appear to be the easiest. Then go back over the exam and answer those questions that require a little more thought.