How to Answer Multiple Choice Test Questions



  1. Try to construct the correct answer before you look at the options.
  2. Identify patient-centered options.
  3. Identify opposite answers first and closely — they may be distracters.
  4. Identify specific determiners in options such as always, never, all, etc.
  5. When any part of an option is wrong, the entire answer is wrong.
  6. Some questions will have a false response; the question may ask you which action is contradicted so you should look for the wrong nursing action.
  7. Identify equally plausible or unique options.
  8. Identify options that deny the patient’s feelings, concerns, or needs.


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