- Watch out for “all-or-nothing” qualifier words questions, such as:
no, never, none, every, always, all, only, entirely, invariably, and best.
a) Sanitizing removes all harmful microorganisms.
b) Sanitizing reduces the number of microorganisms to safe levels.
The answer is b) Sanitizing reduces microorganisms but not ALL microorganisms.
2. As you read test questions:
a) Circle all negative words, and prefixes, which include:
no, cannot, not, dis-, il-, im-, in-, non-, and un-. Example: incorrectly
b) Circle/underline KEY words such as most, least, minimum, maximum, correct and best.
3. Check for two options that look alike. One of them is usually the right answer, and the other is meant to distract you.
4. Foolish or silly options on multiple choice tests are usually wrong.
5. “All of the above” is often correct. If you see two correct answers in the options, “all of the above” may be a good choice.
6. Answer choices by process of elimination. As you read the options mark key words and information that is correct.
The key words are marked in bold and underlined.
Which is the best cooling procedure before refrigerating a large pot of hot soup?
a) Leave the pot of soup uncovered in the ice-water bath and stir frequently until the soup cools from 135°F to 85°F within four hours.
b) Leave the pot of soup uncovered in the ice-water bath, and stir frequently until the soup cools from 135°F to 70°F within two hours.
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