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How to succeed at MCQs

what is this topic about?

As a medical student, you'll sit a lot of MCQ exams, and even when you graduate, you won't be free of them - postgraduate exams are often MCQ based too. For this reason, it's vital to get the hang of taking MCQ exams at an early stage in your medical career.

Many students experience difficulties with MCQ-type exams; often not because of a lack of knowledge or preparation, but simply due to poor MCQ-answering technique. And yes, believe it or not, there is a technique to answering MCQs: it's not just a case of fact recall and box-ticking ability.

This topic will help you develop an effective MCQ exam revision strategy and your question answering technique.

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when you've done this topic, you'll be able to:

who should do this topic?

This topic is aimed at undergraduate medical students, but it should also be useful for postgraduate medics interested in improving their MCQ exam strategy.

how long will this topic take?

It will take about 30 minutes to read through this topic. The activities in the topic are designed to help you perfect your MCQ-answering strategy, and how long you take to complete them will depend on how much MCQ practice you intend doing.

what do I need to know before I do this topic?

You don't need any prior knowledge to do this topic.

do I need any equipment or resources to do this topic?

For some activities in this topic you'll need a set of practice MCQs and a group of friends or colleagues.

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