Multiple-choice questions

Multiple choice questions is the basis of most of the entrance exams in all fields of study and by looking at the performance the evaluator can understand the level of knowledge of the students in that particular subject or category. This form of evaluation is widely accepted in most of the study field’s .multiple choice questions are generally prepared by qualified specialist after intense preparation. Making the question is as hard as answering .mostly the questions are not based on single textbook or reference. The person who makes the questions does intense research before come up with the questions. The question making is based on multiple reference and the author should specify the reference to the students so that they can go through the relevant textbook

Type of questions

There are different kinds of multiple choice questions some are simple and others are complex. Simple multiple choice question has got not more than five options with single correct answer where as in the complex form there would be multiple answers so knowing one answer is not enough to answer the questions. In complex form of MCQS the student needs to know wrong answer also in order to get it correctly

Example of simple MCQ
1)Diuretics adverse effects include the following except
A) hyponatraemia – sometimes severe, especially in the elderly;
B) hyperuricaemia – most diuretics reduce urate clearance
C) hyperglycaemia – thiazides reduce glucosetolerance:at high doses
D) hypercalcaemia – thiazides reduce urinary calcium ion clearance
E) hypercholesterolaemia – high-dose thiazides

Example of complex multiple choice question
2) Which of the following is correct about anti-inflammatory action of NSAIDS
I seen with short treatment duration
II response is seen with higher doses
III usually requires several days of therapy

A) I only
B) II only
C) I and II
D) II and III
E) I, II and III
How to answer the questions
Answering the questions are sometimes very tricky and students need extreme knowledge and some logical thinking about the answer.one of oldest method is to eliminate the possible wrong answer and narrowing the options. While studying or answering students need to aware the importance of current working practice guideline in order to make a judgement.

Preparation
Try to gather as many examples as you can of old papers and previous examples of Mcqs used by the department or school in question in the past. Do not, however, try to memorise hundreds of responses to questions which does not work in the mcqs where logical thinking is essential. The factual Knowledge you will gain will be superficial and dissociated. It is better to look for the Topic areas that recur frequently and ensure that you have a deeper knowledge of these Topics.
Revise with friends and colleagues so that they may come up with different technique and topics that you may missed to study. You can share knowledge and techniques. Familiarise yourself with the optical reader cards that you will be using to record your Answers in the exam. Examples should be available from the examinations office or you can get from the official website .You should know what type of mcq is being set for you. Will there be negative Marking? How much time will you have and how many questions will there be?On the dayCheck that your understanding of the mcq format is correct. It is negative marking, There are 300 questions, and i have two hours to complete this. Always read the stem for Each question carefully. Have you understood the question? Are there any ambiguities? If So ask an invigilator who will alert an examiner. There are usually one or two in the Room. Allocate three quarters of the time to answering the questions and a period at the End to checking answers and accuracy