How To Do It

Here are some tips for answering multiple-choice questions.

When you are taking a multiple-choice test, the first thing you need to do is read the question CAREFULLY. Make sure you understand what kind of information you are looking for. If you know the answer right away, you should mark the correct answer and move on to the next question.

If you don't know the answer, you might be able to figure it out. The first thing to do is to cross out answers you know are wrong. If you end up with two answers left and you aren't sure which is correct, you should probably take a guess. You are just as likely to guess the right answer as the wrong one.

Now You Try

The steps below analyze the multiple choice question.

Directions: Use the map below to answer the question.


1. The best title for this map would be:

  1. North America
  2. The Atlantic and Pacific Oceans
  3. Continents and Oceans of the World
  4. Rivers in the United States

Step 1: The first thing I will do is to read the question carefully. It asks for the best title for this map. A map title tells the general topic of the map, so I need to look closely to find the answer that best describes this map.

Step 2: I don't know the right answer, so I will try out all the answers.

  1. North America: The map shows North America, but it also shows other continents. I can cross out this answer.
  2. The Atlantic and Pacific Oceans: I see both the Atlantic and Pacific oceans on the map, but I'm not sure if this is the best answer. I'll keep this answer as a possibility.
  3. Continents and Oceans of the World: I know this map shows the outlines of continents and oceans, so this is a better answer than Answer B. Still, I need to check if the last answer is better.
  4. Rivers in the United States: I do not see any rivers in the United States marked on the map. I can cross out this answer.

Now I see that both Answer B and Answer C are possibilities, but Answer C is better. I will choose Continents and Oceans of the World as my answer.