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# Thread: How to Tackle Exam Questions? (students GTFIH!)

1. ## How to Tackle Exam Questions? (students GTFIH!)

I. Quantitative questions

1. Understand the problem: Determine what you are supposed to find, what you need to
find it, and what is the unknown. Consider whether drawing a sketch will help. Also –
note each part of the question. Not answering each part is an easy way to lose points.

2. Find a way to solve for what is unknown: Write down all that is given or known.
Draw a sketch, when appropriate, to show relations. Use good notation, with each
symbol standing for only one thing or equal things. Be sure the notation is consistent
with that used in formulas with which you are accustomed. Write down all relevant
formulas.

3. Carry out the procedure you have devised: For numerical problems, estimate an answer
making mistakes, and allows you to find them when you do make them. Additionally,
when the instructor can see your work clearly, he or she may give you partial credit for

4. Check your Answers: This requires the same quality of thought originally used to solve
the problem. Is your answer what you thought it would be in your original estimate? Is it
a quantity that makes sense? Did you use all your data? Is your answer in the correct

II. Multiple choice

1. Read the stem: First, read the stem and make sure you understand what it is getting at.
Look out for double negatives or other twists in wording before you consider the answer.

2. Try to come up with the correct answer: Before you look at the answer choices, try to
come up with the correct answer. This will help you to rule out choices that are similar to

3. Look for clues in the stem: Look for clues in the stem that suggest the correct answer
or rule out any choices. For example, if the stem indicates that the answer is plural you
can rule out any answers that are singular. The basic rule is: the correct answer must
make sense grammatically with the stem. Options which fail this test can be ruled out.

4. Cross off any options you know are incorrect: As you rule out options cross them off
chance of returning to an item and selecting an option you had already eliminated.

5. Come back to items you were unsure of: Put a mark next to any questions you are
unsure of. If you complete the entire exam with time to spare, review these questions -
you will often get clues (or even answers) from other questions.

III. Essay questions

It is important to realize that answering an essay question correctly requires mastery of
thoughtful notes and reviewing and reciting what you’ve written down.

1. Manage your time: Figure out roughly how much time you can spend on each essay to
complete the test. Stick as close to your time plan as you can, but don’t become overly

2. Read directions and questions carefully: Exam directions often contain specific
instructions for answering the questions. As you read the questions, write down words or

3. Consider how to organize your essay: Carefully organize your essay, using a
recognizable pattern. The decreasing – importance pattern starts off with the broadest
and most important information and then gradually narrows in scope. In a descriptive or
chronological essay move systematically from one end of what you’re describing to the
other. If the question asks you to compare and contrast, make sure you shift back
predictably between the things you’re comparing and contrasting.

4. Write an outline: Once you understand the question, write an outline for your answer.

5. Get to the point right away: Time plays a key role in essay questions. Be sure to get
right to the point, even skip writing an introduction. It is best to put your answer in the
beginning, followed by supporting evidence or illustrations.

6. Support your opinions with solid evidence: The well-written essay usually contains the
answer in the first sentence. The bulk of your essay should be devoted to the evidence
that supports your answer. Support all general opinions with logical or factual evidence,
and avoid including personal opinions unless asked to do so.

7. End with a summary: Summarize your essay in a final sentence or two. This will tie

Sauce:

http://lsc.sas.cornell.edu/Sidebars/...urces/exam.pdf

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4. yea what the phaggot above me said

5. Originally Posted by BeastMode101
yea what the phaggot above me said
Aight. Will check out your crew later on brah. Great initiative! (srs)

6. "simpler explanations are, other things being equal, generally better than more complex ones"

Occams razor holds true for multiple choice questions. Exams are written by human beings like us, who have other **** to do. They will always default towards the path of least effort. For that reason, if an option is significantly longer than the rest, its most likely the correct answer. Only an ******* exam writer would spend more time than needed trying to come up with a wrong answer. Its easier to tell a short lie, than it is to write a long, drawn out one. No one goes wastes time writing a long-winded lie. Lies arte best kept short and sweet, lest the truth be discovered.

Learn to read patterns in multiple choice responses. This will save your life. You should be able to look at the options without even reading the question, and know which one is correct. For example, the options below have no question to go with them. Try and spot the right answer regardless.

A. Snakes, rats and dogs
B. Cats, mice and rats
C. Snakes, rats and mice
D. Snakes, cows, and goats

Like I said, there's no question for the options above. But if you can get past that fact and study the options, and learn the patterns I speak of it would save you a lot of trouble in your exams. If you chose option C, you are correct. Why? Because A, B and D are clearly decoys bearing fragments of the correct option which is C. What the examiners have done here is split the correct answer into pieces, which are then spread between A,,B and D to entice you into selecting these wrong options. Find the answer that takes pieces of all other options and joins them together and its most likely your correct answer.

Obviously, you want to exhaust your actual knowlege first before resorting to these tactics, but knowing this could help you in those questions which have you stumped or unsure. I've taken quite a few exams and even without studying bulldozed my way through with these tactics and common sense.,

Occams razor again. Don't nuke it. Sometimes, just reading the questions and answers with the intent to break it down and understand what the sentence actually means, could make a difference.

Test well, my friends.

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