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The Basis of Objective Tests

The worst is over. The dreaded essay test is behind you. From here on, all of the tests you take will include the answers! You simply have to be able to identify or recognize those answers. (These are also known as recognition-type test questions.)

In contrast to essay questions -- where test answers must come from within you, the test taker -- objective tests reduce or eliminate subjective factors in answering questions by providing you with a true-false test, a matching test or a multiple choice exam.

Test Taking Success = Attitude + Content + Test-Taking Skills

As you can see, nothing much has changed since the previous chapter. If you are going to be a successful test taker, you must maintain a positive attitude about testing, have some mastery of the test content and use sound test-taking skills. The only thing that has changed is the type of test to be taken.

We have already discussed attitude in other chapters of this book. And it is understood that if you are to do well on any test, essay or objective, you must use your note-taking skills, listening skills and study skills to have adequate knowledge of the test content.

As always, you must prepare for any test. Often, there is a tendency to put in more preparation time with essay-type tests because you must come up with the answers from "scratch." In some minds, multiple choice tests are "easy" because the answer is there -- somewhere. Nevertheless, to avoid turning a multiple choice exam into a multiple guess exam, proper preparation is required. You must study and review the test material.

This chapter will be devoted to various test-taking skills or techniques relative to objective-type tests.