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What tips can you share for candidates to increase their CPA Exam score throughout multiple questions? What are some good time management strategies for answering MCQs?
Hey Nate, another great question you've asked. Let me be clear - MCQs are the reason you will pass. They are the path to bridge you from the books and lecture videos to passing the exam. Sure, you will read the books and watch the lectures, which is good and definitely necessary. But, the books and videos will not nearly be enough to pass the exams.
WHY ARE THE MCQs SO VALUABLE?
It's very simple - the MCQs will force you to make mistakes! And, that is what you want! I can't say this enough - your job during studying is not to get questions correct, but it's in fact, to get questions wrong! Throughout your studying, and especially towards the end of your study phase, the student is to be constantly seeking the holes in his/her understanding. The MCQs allow you to identify those holes, and then fill them in with the answer choices!
HOW TIME TIME MANAGE FOR MCQS?
If you feel the need to rush through MCQs, you are not alone. An overwhelming majority of students feel a need to rush. I ask most students why they feel need to rush, and most respond by saying they feel others would be able to complete the testlet of MCQs faster. Well, that's just not true. Here's what I say - take your time and breathe. If you need to take an extra 1 to 2 minutes to complete a MCQ, I would rather see you take the time, and get it correct, then try to speed through it and make mistakes.
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One of the best things of having MCQs for any kind of professional exam is that the answer is right in front of you on the screen. You should find which one is right among the 4 (or more) options.
There is two way you can go about answering MCQs:
- Chasing the right option
- Eliminating the wrong options (doing this will help you increase the chances/probability of other answers being right)
Along with the above methods, I would suggest that you mark (or flag) a question the moment you know it's going to take more time/it is difficult/it would require brainstorming and move on with other MCQs which are relatively easy and less time-consuming. Once you're done answering all the easy or simple questions in short time periods, get back to the marked (or flagged) questions and spend the rest chunk of time-solving them. Doing this will not only boost your confidence that you've got the other questions right but also help you manage your time efficiently.