Strategies for success on true/false questions

One of the trickiest tests anyone takes is true/false. It leaves you with a 50-50 chance to getting the items wrong, which sound deceptively easy but it’s not at all.

Considering just how heavy on facts these types of test questions are, you need to be very careful in answering them. If you need a few more pointers, below are the best practices in taking true/false tests.

1. Be careful with statements that contain negations.

The word “not” and prefix “un” can be very confusing in this type of test. Of course, teachers indulge in inducing this confusion to their students. So you need to be prepared.

What you need to do is to be very careful when reading each statement. If you need to rephrase it in your head or onto a scratch paper, do so. Also, these negations can be such a trick to the eye so read it more than three times.

2. Cancel out the negations if there are a couple present in a statement.

Take this example: A doctor with good ethics is not immoral. The answer here is true. This sounds awfully confusing considering the two consecutive negative words used. If you cancel “not” and the prefix “im”, it makes everything easier. Of course, the statement stands as still true.

3. Choose an answer if you’re 100% sure.

If you know a hundred percent that the answer to the statement is False, by all means answer it. The same goes for True statements. If you’re still not sure, try to leave it blank first. There’s no use getting stuck on one answer. Answer the rest first and simply go back to it, who knows maybe one of the later questions will help you answer the one you skipped.

4. The chances are it’s true.

If you’re playing a little guessing game, try your luck with True. It’s been shown that True/False tests consist of more True’s than False’s. So if you’re one who didn’t study hard enough, then take calculated risks.

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