When using process of elimination to answer multiple-choice questions, keep in mind there are not definite rules that can lead you to the right answer every time, only strategies that can help you think critically about the question and answer choices, eliminate some of those answer choices, and—when all else fails—help you make your best educated guess. Remember, you’ve already got the right answer in front of you, so you just need to get rid of all those wrong answers.
The first step in answering a multiple-choice question on a test is to make sure you understand what the question is asking. (Sometimes it helps to rephrase the question into a statement, or a simpler question.)
Once you’re sure you know what the question is asking, you’ll want to begin by eliminating any answer choices that you are sure are wrong, or couldn’t possibly be right. Even if doing so only eliminates one out of four or five answer choices, you’ve still improved your odds of choosing the correct answer choice.
Now re-read each of the remaining answer choices and ask yourself the following questions:
One last word on process of elimination: Most students are able to eliminate answer choices until there are two remaining. At that point, it’s a good idea to re-read the question, and look carefully at the differences between the two answer choices before you make your best educated guess.