Recomendaciones para responder exámenes de opción múltiple.

Outsmarting multiple choice tests
Alma Jurado-Núñeza

a Programa de Apoyo y Fomento a la Investigación Estudiantil (AFINES), Facultad de Medicina, Universidad Nacional Autónoma de México, México D.F., México

Recepción 29 de enero de 2014; aceptación 7 de febrero de 2014

Palabras Clave

Exámenes de opción múltiple; estudiantes de medicina; estrategia de resolución; México.


Multiple choice tests; medical students; solving strategy; Mexico.


Assessments are key elements in the professional training. Multiple choice tests are the most frequently format chosen for evaluation, and thus, the one to which medical students are more exposed. There are common practices to solve a test; each individual adopts a particular way of doing it. Whichever the personal preference for its resolution, the article proposes some activities that could potentially optimize the student´s success by turning tests´ flaws into arguments supporting the choice of a particular answer. In order to truly develop a competitive advantage, the strategy requires joining the student experience to the given recommendations.