10 MCQ Beating Tricks Every GAMSAT Aspirant Must Know

The GAMSAT is largely about attempting Multiple Choice Questions (MCQs). Your answer sheet is checked by a computer and you need to mark your answers neatly. And, you are not really being asked to explain your answer as you would be in a personal interview. As a GAMSAT aspirant, you should find answering the MCQs relatively easy because you will have a good deal of exposure to them in the course of your preparation.

1. Be Methodical

Time is limited, so approach the paper smartly. You have had time to go through the questions during the reading time, so start off with those MCQs that are easiest and you are most certain about. Next, come back to the slightly more uncertain or complex ones. Spend some time for the really complex ones, and guess the answers if you cannot solve them at all.

2. Guessing isn’t Always a Crime!

You do not have to explain why you marked a certain answer and left out the others (this would be very difficult with well over a hundred questions!). So, if you begin to guess on every question, you can end up scoring up to 25%. Therefore, do not leave any question unanswered in the test. If you have a few moments before your test ends, go back to the questions you could not answer initially and make guesses.

3. Make Intelligent Guesses

Guessing is fine, but be smart about it. Filter out the obviously wrong options; a couple are always so. Now proceed to choose between the two likeliest options.

4. Solve Only What is Needed

The MCQ usually has a couple of really close options, and once you filter down to these, it gets easier. Say the four options are A) 5.6783 B) 5.6358 C) 3.6582 D) 3.4729. Here, you begin your calculations, and the answers begins with 5. S you cancel out options C and D. Next, you really have to calculate till the second digit after the decimal point, and mark your answer. You needn’t always complete the calculation. Of course, problems will not always be so simple in the paper, but it’s an example of what your approach should be like.

5. Don’t be Afraid!

In this type of test candidates often fear being marked down for wrong answers. This is not the case with GAMSAT, a wrong answer will simply not be allocated marks, so guessing and being lucky could be to your benefit. Mark as many MCQs as you can!

6. Don’t Let the Distractors Distract You!

In MCQs, usually one or all answers would be correct (in which case your best bet is the “All of the above” option). The tests that have only one right answer have multiple incorrect choices that are called distractors. Distractors are often difficult to handle because they tend to confuse you and prompt you to guess again (and again, and you lose time!).

So, how do you not let these distractors take the focus away from your answers? Simple, use a ruler or a sheet of blank paper to cover all the answer options for your question and carefully read the question itself. This is useful because you are not letting your eye pick out an answer even before you understand how the question is worded.

7. Elimination is the Key!

In most MCQs, only one answer is correct and the distractors, though close to the correct answer, are incorrect responses to the question stem. The way to approach this is through a process of elimination. Elimination is important to rule out faulty reasoning. What you must do, therefore, is to look out for subtle differences in the response options keeping in mind the key text that you can deduce from the question. Usually you can easily eliminate two choices and remain with two possibly correct options. Carefully read the two choices and look out for possible differences in wording to deduce the right choice.

8. Be Cautiously Choosy

Ensure not to overlook words like “not”, “except”, “least” and in general other negatives so that you are able to pick out the answer that does not belong. Usually, such words mean negatives, but that is not always the case. Often, MCQs will have opposite options. Go for these; usually one is the correct answer. 

9. Don’t Waste any Time

Time management is crucial in GAMSAT, which means that you simply cannot afford to waste any time. If a question seems too tough or complicated, move on to the next. You don’t want to lose out sure-short marks for the less-than-sure questions. Of course, a lot of practice in timed mode is essential for this.

10. Any Second Guesses?

While it is not a good idea to second guess as it leads to confusion, make sure that you read all the options in the MCQ before you finally pick out your answer. Simply because you think the first response option given is the correct answer, and mark it without reading the rest, you might be overlooking the actual correct answer. Once you have thoroughly understood the question, read all the response options. If you are not sure, pose each answer again as a true-false proposition and try to find the answer. If you are still stuck, use logic to make your best guess.

So, even if there is a negative for every wrong answer and you still do not have a right answer, your best bet is to guess the answer that is closest to the issue raised in the MCQ. As we mentioned earlier, answering everything based on a guess can still get you 25%. Chances are, if you know most of the other answers, and guess a few, you can still clinch a favourable score. Remember, nothing ventured, nothing gained.

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