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Using What You've Learned to Pass Objective Tests

Whether you are preparing for a subjective test or an objective exam, your success will be directly related to your attitude, test preparation and your test-taking skills. Objective tests typically require that you understand the big picture -- key concepts -- and you may have to memorize certain facts or figures. Remember, the objective test gives you the answer, but you still have to be able to recognize it.

As a general rule, you should scan the entire test. This will give you a feel for the complexity of the exam and the potential time that it may take you to answer the questions. You should then proceed to answer all of the "easy questions" -- those questions that you feel positive about.

After having answered the questions you are sure of, you now need to review those questions that will require more of your time and thought before you can arrive at the correct answer.

It is critical that you read the full question and understand what the question is asking you. You need to have an accurate understanding of the question to locate the proper answer.

When working with the more difficult questions or being forced into a guessing situation on true or false tests, look for certain clue words, such as "always," "never," "generally" or "usually," which will help you make an educated guess.

The approach to a matching test is similar to that of any other objective exam -- scan the test, and answer those questions that you are sure of first. In addition, you should always work with the column that has the longer statements or sentences, and attempt to match them to the column with the shorter statements. Check off each response as it is selected.