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The Multiple Choice Question (MCQ) and Single Best Answer (SBA) paper 

The Multiple Choice Question (MCQ) and Single Best Answer (SBA) paper
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The Multiple Choice Question (MCQ) and Single Best Answer (SBA) paper
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Caroline Whymark

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10.1093/med/9780198748687.003.0006
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date: 27 January 2022

This chapter offers helpful advice for the MCQ/SBA paper of the Primary FRCA. Recognize the elements of the curriculum which are to be assessed and prepare by learning the types of questions asked in the past. Look out for ‘sign posting’ in the question and avoid becoming confused by double negatives or comparisons of X and Y. Learn to prevent schoolboy errors: misreading, misunderstanding, and misremembering questions, and inaccurate transcription of answers to the answer sheet. Memorizing facts and figures is difficult in professional exams due to the volume of knowledge required. Learn dry facts in context, find patterns to aid your memory, and repeatedly reproduce tables and diagrams until fluent. In the clinical context, do not allow the reality of a situation prevent you from identifying the best answer from a list of several good choices, no matter how impractical you imagine it to be.

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