The Flavor of Question Doesn’t Matter When Studying

If you’ve taken an exam, you’ve seen six question types: multiple choice, fill in the blank, check-all-that-apply, hotspots, drag-and-place and questions that are based on case studies, which are typically multiple choice, but may be one of the others.

Do not study material based on which type of question you think will be used because, first, you can’t possibly know if you are going to be tested on plumbing valves with a multiple choice or drag-and-place . . . and more importantly, how would you study differently even if you knew which type of question was going to be used to test your knowledge of plumbing valves?

The answer: you wouldn’t study differently if you knew it was multiple choice than you would if you knew it was drag-in-place.

In my experience, many test-takers (and many test prep providers) unnecessarily fetishize the flavor of question delivery in study strategy.

The exception to this rule: code questions are more common in the case study section, because the exam can allow you to search the building or zoning code in the case study material. This is good to know because it lowers any expectations for you to memorize code; you can search the case study code document in real time once inside the testing center.

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