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The following strategies are useful when a question seems to have two or more correct answers or addresses a topic you’re unfamiliar with.
- Re-read the Stem and Options: Whenever a question seems to have two or three correct answers (or no correct answer), re-read the stem and the answer options. You may find that you misinterpreted the stem or that there is a single word or phrase in the stem or one of the answers that makes one answer the correct or best one.
- Make an “Educated Guess”: There is no penalty for guessing on the ASWB exam, so it’s to your advantage to make an educated guess (or just a “guess”) when you’re truly baffled by a question. You can increase the likelihood that your guess is the correct answer by using the following techniques:
- Use the Process of Elimination: For most questions, you’ll be able to find a reason to eliminate at least one or two of the answers because the answer addresses a topic that is not relevant to the question; describes a common misconception about the topic; contains an absolute such as “always” or “never”; or is to general; or is too narrow in focus. Once you’ve eliminated one or two of the answers, you’ll be selecting an answer from a fewer number of options, which will increase your chance of choosing the correct one.
- Assume the Client Advocacy Position: For questions addressing ethical issues, your best guess is the answer that... (More)