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

Acids produce hydrogen ions in aqueous solutions.

What is the ionic equation for neutralisation reactions? [1 mark]

Tick one box.

H+ (aq) + H2O (l) → H3O+ (aq)
H+ (aq) + OH- (aq) → H2O (l)
2H2O (l) → H3O+ (aq) + OH- (aq)
H2O (l) → 2H+ (aq) + O2- (aq) (aq)

H+ (aq) + H2O (l) → H3O+ (aq)
H+ (aq) + OH- (aq) → H2O (l)
2H2O (l) → H3O+ (aq) + OH- (aq)
H2O (l) → 2H+ (aq) + O2- (aq) (aq)

Sample question 2 - Foundation

Question

Enzymes are biological catalysts.

What type of molecule is an enzyme? [1 mark]

Tick one box.

Carbohydrate
Hydrocarbon
Lipid
Protein

Carbohydrate
Hydrocarbon
Lipid
Protein

Sample question 3 - Higher

Question

What is a typical value for the speed of sound? [1 mark]

Tick one box.

3.3 m/s
3.3 × 102 m/s
3.3 × 103 m/s
3.3 × 106 m/s

3.3 m/s
3.3 × 102 m/s
3.3 × 103 m/s
3.3 × 106 m/s

Sample question 4 - Higher

Question

A student investigated the rate of reaction between calcium carbonate (marble chips) and hydrochloric acid.

The student used the apparatus shown in the image.

Apparatus needed for an investigation into the rate of reaction of calcium carbonate

The student investigated how the surface area of marble chips affected the rate of reaction.

Which two variables should the student keep constant? [2 marks]

Tick two boxes.

Amount of water in the trough
Concentration of acid
Mass of marble chips
Size of marble chips
Volume of measuring cylinder

Amount of water in the trough
Concentration of acid
Mass of marble chips
Size of marble chips
Volume of measuring cylinder