In the lesson, our professor Rebekah Hendershot goes through an introduction on the multiple choice overview. She starts with the question structure and selection sources, and the discusses some test-taking strategies.
In the multiple-choice section, you will be given 5 to 7 passages, each of them followed by 5 to 12 multiple-choice questions about each passage.
The passages will often be out of context—no author, no title, no helpful footnotes. Often they’ll only have a date.
You will have to answer questions about:
The main idea(s) of the passage
How the passage is written (tone, vocabulary, etc.)
Details of the passage
Inferences about the passage (such as the author’s purpose in writing)
Most of the passages will come from works written in the 19th and 20th centuries.
At least one selection will probably come from a work written before 1800.
All selections were written in English or translated into English.
They will probably not be taken from works you have read in class.
It’s All About Variety!
Types of writing you may see on this test include:
Basic Test-Taking Strategies
Read the passage first.
Read for the big picture
Get familiar with the structure and tone of the passage.
Avoid the traps!
Do everything twice.
You will have 8 to 12 minutes to tackle each passage and its questions. That’s about one minute per question (including reading time).
Make two passes through the test.
Answer easy questions first.
Circle hard questions so you can come back to them later.
When you’re done with the passage, if you have at least 5 minutes left, go back to the hard questions. If not, save them for the end (if there’s time).
Use process of elimination.
What if you absolutely don’t know the answer?
Blind guessing: 20% correct
Eliminate two choices: 33% correct
There is no penalty for guessing.
Multiple Choice Overview
Lecture Slides are screen-captured images of important points in the lecture. Students can download and print out these lecture slide images to do practice problems as well as take notes while watching the lecture.
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