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.

Sample question 1 - Foundation

Question

A fuel is a mixture of liquids that has been designed as a useful product. What name is given to this type of mixture?

ACatalyst
BFormulation
CPolymer
DSolvent

[1 mark]

This question is AQA material which is reproduced by permission of AQA.

ACatalyst
BFormulation
CPolymer
DSolvent

Sample question 2 - Foundation

Question

What is the test for chlorine gas?

AA glowing splint relights
BA lighted splint gives a pop
CDamp blue litmus paper turns white
DLimewater turns milky

[1 mark]

This question is AQA material which is reproduced by permission of AQA.

AA glowing splint relights
BA lighted splint gives a pop
CDamp blue litmus paper turns white
DLimewater turns milky

Sample question 3 - Higher

Question

A student has four test tubes of dilute hydrochloric acid.

She adds a piece of magnesium ribbon to each test tube, and sees bubbles of gas.

The student does tests to identify the gas that is made. What will she observe?

AA glowing splint relights
BLimewater looks milky when the gas is bubbled through it
CDamp litmus paper turns white
DA burning splint burns quickly with a pop sound

[1 mark]

This question has been written by a Bitesize consultant as a suggestion to the type of question that may appear in an exam paper.

AA glowing splint relights
BLimewater looks milky when the gas is bubbled through it
CDamp litmus paper turns white
DA burning splint burns quickly with a pop sound

Sample question 4 - Higher

Question

A student passes electricity through copper chloride solution.

She collects four test tubes of the gas that is made at the positive electrode.

The student does tests to identify the gas. What will she observe?

AA glowing splint relights
BLimewater looks milky when the gas is bubbled through it
CDamp litmus paper turns white
DA burning splint burns quickly with a pop sound

[1 mark]

This question has been written by a Bitesize consultant as a suggestion to the type of question that may appear in an exam paper.

AA glowing splint relights
BLimewater looks milky when the gas is bubbled through it
CDamp litmus paper turns white
DA burning splint burns quickly with a pop sound