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3 top tips for Objective Test papers

Dec 04, 2014

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The changes to the CIMA 2015 syllabus have introduced Objective Test papers (with a 70% pass mark) for the first time.

There are some tips to keep at the front of your mind when sitting Objective Test papers.

System of rounds

During round 1 only answer the easy questions

During round 2 answer the more difficult questions

During round 3 answer the rest of the questions – making sure you have answered them all

Eliminate the wrong answer

Sherlock Holmes said: '...when you have eliminated all which is impossible, then whatever remains, however improbable, must be the truth.' Generally with multiple choice questions:

1 is clearly wrong, 1 appears to be incorrect, therefore reducing your choice to 2

Understand distractors

Examiners tend to put distractors into Objective Test questions. Some of the answers offered may appear correct, or may include values you arrive at during calculations – these are distractors. Read the question carefully, compare key terms (in the question and answer), and follow your first impression.