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

The results of drug trials are peer reviewed before they are published.

Why are peer reviews important in drug trials? [1 mark]

Tick one box.

To calculate the best dose
To check the drug works
To make sure the scientist gets credit
To prevent false claims
To calculate the best dose
To check the drug works
To make sure the scientist gets credit
To prevent false claims

Sample question 2 - Foundation

Question

Bacteria can cause disease.

One disease-causing bacterium is Salmonella.

Harmful bacteria can also be useful.

Scientists are doing research to find out if Salmonella can be used in a vaccine to treat cancer.

The Salmonella vaccine can be injected into the blood or swallowed in a tablet.

One benefit of injecting the vaccine is that it gets to the cancer quickly in the blood.

What is another benefit? [1 mark]

Tick one box.

All cancers can be treated by the injection
It will not cause sickness and diarrhoea side effects
The injection is not painful to the patient
The injection introduces cancer cells into the body
All cancers can be treated by the injection
It will not cause sickness and diarrhoea side effects
The injection is not painful to the patient
The injection introduces cancer cells into the body