Eliminate those alternatives that may be plausible but are less appropriate.
Negative Stem MCQ:
You are asked to switch from positive to negative thinking → causes confusion ( When you are asked not to think of ghosts, where does your mind take you?)
First, you will need to change a negative answer stem to a positive one then search for the 3 appropriate choices.
Then add negative answer stem → exclude those 3 → find your best answer selection
2. The pattern of MCQs:
Simple Recall/fact-based MCQs:
You must choose the answer based on the recall of the facts.
Foster your recalling techniques while preparing + practicing such as Mnemonics & others.
Problem Solving/conceptual MCQs:
Analyze each part of the stem (case or statement or compare & contract type of MCQs)
First, define the problem.
Second, establish and set limits on the intermediate goals.
Third, establish the long-range goals or outcome objectives of the solution.
IBQ: Analyze the question stem before approaching the image (data mastery).
Gross photos: Observe → recall the structures needed to be analyzed → compare & contrast the details depending on the directions.
Photomicrograph: Observe through the rule of 5 points (simple) or 9 points or Rule of Z → recall the structures needed to be analyzed → Special attention should be given to the stain/type of microscopy/magnification → compare & contrast the details depending on the directions.
Graphs &processes: Observe → Sense (Sensing function) the details → Intuiting (Intuition function) the cause/effect outcomes by analyzing the dynamics.
Art of choosing the most appropriate choice/option in the FMGE / FMGE MCQ practice:
Read the question first, not the options (Answers contain distracters).
Understand the emphasis of the question stem: read the entire question stem → visualize the answer in your mind → then look for this answer among the choices offered (Perceiving types who tend to talk themselves into wrong answers, and Judgers who answer too quickly)
Take a deep breath and allow yourself a fraction of a second to relax and think as you exhale before reading the alternatives/choices (read all of the choices, even if you think the first or second choice is correct one → Avoid jumping to conclusions)
Optimal answer selection requires skill in blocking out distractions from among the variety of choices.
Assure that your answer of choice emphasizes the same principles as the question stem.
Approaching “all of the above” or “none of the above” option: tackle with extra caution & figure out whether two or more options are correct or incorrect to choose this answer of choice.
Challenging part of the exam is the pacing through the questions with variable levels of difficulty: Take only 45 seconds on average (40-50s) to answer each question.
Leave the difficult questions unanswered.
Don’t linger too long over a tough question → otherwise, you will have to rush through answers of the upcoming easier questions & lower your confidence (researches tell us that students tend to spend the most time on questions they get wrong).
Allot time to go back to rethink difficult questions at the end while setting your pace (stop looking at the clock while you are reading a difficult question which will slow you down and rattle your confidence like a racer who looks at the runners behind).
Each question/FMGE MCQ is a separate entity:
Do not allow a tough question to contaminate your skill/positive attitude as you move through to answering the next more manageable ones.
Adjust/adapt rapidly as you move from item to item.
Educated guess/Intelligent Guesswork vs Blind Guess during the FMGE / FMGE MCQ practice:
There is no substitute for knowing your material.
Trust your educated guess: there are ways to use the information presented in the stem to make an educated guess when you can’t remember your material.
Although guessing can make you uncomfortable but do not leave any answer blank
The first-guess answer comes from somewhere in the deep recesses of your unconscious memory bank (high likelihood of being correct according to educational researches).
Eliminate completely irrelevant alternatives → Analyze the remaining options → Choose the most appropriate one which satisfies the question.
Every question counts: Although guessing can make you uncomfortable but do not leave any answer blank or do not skip any MCQs & mark all because there is no negative marking.
Magic of (b) or (c): Most of the students & toppers share that (b) or (c) tend to be correct statistically when the question is absolutely unknown (According to psychology it’s believed that b/c are masked by the distracters in a & d, therefore, examiners tend to make b/c as a correct choice).
Important note on All or None of the Above option: Choose this option when you feel more than one option/choice is probably correct/incorrect.
Changing the answer choices in the FMGE / FMGE MCQ practice:
Changing once: the scores improved when students changed their answers once(57.8%: Wrong to right & 20.2%: Right to wrong) but further changes of answers did not improve the scores.
Beware of the Von Restorff effect: our brains try to retain the events that are unusual/unfavorable therefore based on such events we tend to be apprehended about changing the options that might be wrong!
Change the hunch-based, first-guess answer: only if you have overlooked a significant qualifying word or you can think of an obvious (You are sure about the mistake made).
Pitfalls: When you are anxious, feeling emotionally vulnerable, or overtired, you will have a tendency to second-guess yourself into wrong answers.
Why practicing test should be an essential component of FMGE preparation for FMGE?
Practice tests (FMGE MCQ practice) regularly aids in the following:
Diagnose your competence (strengths and weaknesses): after an initial reading of a subject, take practice exams to cope up with the Illusion of Competence (you will not be able to know how much you have learned during the FMGE preparation without practicing).
To maximize your efficiency of FMGE preparation (70/20/10 Model of Lombardo and Eichinger).
To practice time management (speed) in FMGE.
To improve accuracy & increase the confidence level in FMGE.
To desensitize the exam anxiety (increase the familiarity with the online platform) in FMGE.