How to use the multiple choice sheet efficiently and effectively?
Have you have ever considered the advantages and disadvantages of using a multiple choice answer sheet with your child?
Often children taking an 11+ or 13+ entrance exam will have to use a separate multiple choice answer sheet. This is certainly advantageous for children who prefer having the options available and if used correctly, familiarity in using a separate answer sheet can make the difference between a pass or a fail.
Introducing the multiple choice answer sheet early in a child’s exam preparation helps them become familiar with the transferring of answers. Telling your child that the multiple choice answer sheet is their best friend in an exam situation is suggested, because the answers are always on the sheet somewhere!
It is important to complete all the required details at the top of a multiple choice answer sheet (sometimes children forget to write their surname or their date of birth). This can cause problems for the invigilators and exam boards. However, if a child always completes these formalities, this will help it become a routine.
In many assessments children will have a separate multiple choice answer sheet to the question paper and the first very obvious point is ensuring children keep their answer sheet close to their question paper. It is amazing how many seconds can be wasted by having them a long distance apart.
The other really vital aspect of using the multiple choice answer sheet is how the answers should be demarcated. The boxes are often quite small (perhaps deliberately!) and children must use the correct format. The 11+ exams require a horizontal line to be placed next to the correct letter, sentence, number or word. Discouraging shading, ticking or circling is important as the papers are marked by an optical reader and it will pick up the marks made on the sheet.
In the examinations children are often putting the wrong answers and this can be for a number of reasons.