Multiple choice questions

Multiple choice questions appear throughout both exam papers for both foundation tier and higher tier. Multiple choice questions are usually asked as questions, often starting with 'what is...' or 'why...'.

You have three or four options to choose from in a multiple choice question. You must choose the number of options asked for in the question by placing ticks in boxes. Most multiple choice questions require just one tick, but a few ask for two ticks. You will not get a mark if you leave all the boxes blank, or if you put a tick in more than the required number of boxes.

Multiple choice questions often have two answers that could, at first glance, be correct. It is important to check all the answers before deciding which box to tick. It is also important to check that your chosen statement answers the question - some questions might include an option that is a correct statement, but that does not answer the question.

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Sample question 1 – Foundation

Question

Below is a diagram of the human heart.

A cut through diagram of a human heart

What is the function of blood vessel C? [1 mark]

Tick one box.

To take blood from the heart around the body
To take blood from the body to the heart
To take blood from the heart to the lungs
To take blood from the lungs to the heart
To take blood from the heart around the body
To take blood from the body to the heart
To take blood from the heart to the lungs
To take blood from the lungs to the heart

Sample question 2 – Foundation

Question

Our nervous system controls our reactions.

The diagram below shows the part of the nervous system involved in the rapid response to a stimulus.

A simple nervous system diagram with both stimulus and response examples

What is this type of response called? [1 mark]

Tick one box.

Circular action
Fast action
Forced action
Reflex action
Circular action
Fast action
Forced action
Reflex action

Sample question 3 – Higher

Question

Which gland produces hormones to control other glands in the endocrine system? [1 mark]

Tick one box.

Adrenal
Ovary
Pituitary
Thyroid
Adrenal
Ovary
Pituitary
Thyroid

Sample question 4 – Higher

Question

Which of the following is a feature of platelets? [1 mark]

Tick one box.

They are small fragments of cells
They have a nucleus
They contain haemoglobin
They are small fragments of cells
They have a nucleus
They contain haemoglobin