The questions in a multiple-choice test are not what make people nervous or anxious about taking the test. It’s the way people feel about taking the test. The feelings of self-doubt and worry take over and that’s not a very nice feeling.
This may sound weird at first glance, but the concept of test anxiety is a very real one. It has the potential to leave people crippled, physically and emotionally before giving a test. It’s a kind of performance anxiety that takes hold when people have to do something that really matters and they are counting on themselves or someone is counting on them (a parent or teacher, maybe?) for them to perform.
It’s similar to getting on stage for a spelling bee, getting on a platform to pitch the first ball of a baseball game or to position oneself on a diving board before taking a plunge for a diving/swimming competition.
Research points towards the fact that in English and Math tests made with a test maker, candidates, on average score 15 points or less when they have test anxiety.
People try to prepare more and harder when they come to give the multiple-choice exam in order to make their anxiety go away. But the format of the test itself can cause worrying feelings. So it is better to prepare adequately and not stress about it. Studying harder and longer and depriving yourself of sleep in the process is not the way to go about the situation.
Multiple-choice tests made with quiz makers are easier than longer essay type and written answer questions; you just have to believe that they are.
You may know the feeling that you get when you are giving the multiple-choice test. No matter how well-prepared you are, that preparation escapes you when you see the number of options. But it’s time to overcome the fear and anxiety with an optimistic perspective. Instead of taking too much stress for the test made with a quiz software, look for the positive side.
Here’s why multiple choice should actually help you rejoice.
1. It’s a simple comparison and a bit of a mind jolt
The way multiple choice questions are designed are with a focus on a specific definition or concept. If it’s a math problem, it’s all about quick math. You don’t have to spend a lot of time in analysis of information and discern results from it, or stimulate your brain much. This is what makes them easier.
2. Each question is worth lesser overall
A quiz software that prepares multiple choice quizzes makes it so that there are more questions overall. You might think this is bad, but therein lie the beauty. You can afford to guess and not be worried because the questions you get wrong from a pile of, say, 50, will be worth lesser overall.
3. The Answer is in There
This should provide relief. The answer to the question is within the question. You just have to pick it, so don’t second guess yourself: have faith.