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Food Safety Test Tips

First: Study. The best approach to test taking is to be thoroughly familiar with the topic by studying. It is not possible to study too much, the goal is to learn the subject matter. Learning about food safety and food sanitation is more important than passing the test. If you are not successful on the test, study more.

Second: Go through the entire test answering the questions you find easiest. If you have prepared correctly there should be many questions that are no challenge at all. Get the easy questions out of the way, and come back to questions you find more difficult later.

Read the question and think of the answer before you read the A B C D choices. After you have the right answer, take a look at the choices and select the right one. On some trickier questions it is easy to get confused by the different answers, only one or two words may be different. It is important to have the correct answer in mind before you look at the choices.

Third: Go back to the questions you did not answer. Give them a little more time, and see if the correct answer comes to mind. Eliminate responses that you know are not correct.

Fourth: Remember to answer every question, even if it is only a guess. When there are four answers you have a 1 in 4 chance of guessing correctly and getting credit. When you do not answer you have a 0 in 4 chance of guessing correctly.

If you can see that one or two of the responses is clearly incorrect, cross them out in the test book with your pencil. Even if you have to guess, you have a better chance of being correct the fewer answers you have to choose from. If you can eliminate one answer, your chance of guessing correctly is 1 in 3, eliminate two answers and your chance of guessing correctly is 1 in 2.

Frequently, but not always, the correct answer is longer than the incorrect answers. Use this as a guide but not as a rule.

Fifth: Sometimes the correct answer to one question is "keyed" in another question. For instance, one question may ask, "What is the correct temperature to cook pork to?" and another question may say, "Pork that has been correctly cooked to 145º...." As you are dealing with the questions that you are not certain about, keep in mind that the correct answer may be somewhere in the test itself.

Sixth: Do not mark answers in the test book to transfer them later to the scan sheet. This is a source of errors, so when you record an answer, put it on the scan sheet. Mark up the test book with notes to yourself, or cross out responses you know are not correct in the test book, but do not mark what you decide is the correct answer in the test book hoping to transfer it to the scan sheet later.

Seventh: Always check your work!! 3% of a test score is routinely lost because candidates fill in wrong boxes on the scan sheet. Take the extra time to make certain your answer sheet has the answer you want filled in.

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