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  1. Cover up the answers and read the question carefully. Highlight, underline, or circle key words to make sure that you don’t miss important information.
  2. Think about the answer to the question as though you had to provide it to the professor. Consider only the subset of biological information you need to answer that particular question.
  3. Uncover the answers provided, and carefully read each one to evaluate its correctness. Put marks indicating true or false by each answer, and then make the appropriate choice.

Sometimes you will find yourself initially unable to select between what appear to be two correct answers. In this case, repeat the three-step method but only consider the two remaining choices. Then ask yourself what evidence is there that one of the answers is better than the other—not perfect, not absolutely correct, but simply better. If you discipline yourself to do this form of educated guessing, and if you have studied well, you will likely get more of these kinds of questions right than wrong.

 


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