Multiple choice questions

Multiple choice questions appear throughout both exam papers and at 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

Force is a vector quantity.

Which statement is correct about a vector quantity? [1 mark]

Tick one box.

Has direction only
Has direction and magnitude
Has magnitude only
Has neither magnitude nor direction
Has direction only
Has direction and magnitude
Has magnitude only
Has neither magnitude nor direction

Sample question 2 - Foundation

Question

The Earth has a magnetic field.

What causes the Earth's magnetic field? [1 mark]

Tick one box.

The movement of the liquid iron in the Earth's outer core
The gravitational field of the Earth
The permanent magnet in the Earth's core
The movement of the liquid iron in the Earth's outer core
The gravitational field of the Earth
The permanent magnet in the Earth's core

Sample question 3 - Higher

Question

A student investigates a potassium salt, X.

She finds that salt X:

  • has a high melting point
  • does not conduct electricity when it is solid
  • dissolves in water and the solution does conduct electricity

What type of bonding is in salt X? [1 mark]

Tick one box.

Covalent
Giant molecular
Ionic
Metallic
Covalent
Giant molecular
Ionic
Metallic

Sample question 4 - Higher

Question

The image shows the horizontal forces acting on a moving bicycle and cyclist.

A forces model showing the opposing forces on a cyclist and his bicycle

What causes force A? [1 mark]

Tick one box.

Friction
Gravity
Weight
Friction
Gravity
Weight