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

Name two methods of treating water from rivers, lakes or the sea to produce drinking water. Tick two boxes.

AAnaerobic digestion
BCracking
CDesalination
DElectrolysis
ESterilising

[2 marks]

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AAnaerobic digestion
BCracking
CDesalination
DElectrolysis
ESterilising

Sample question 2 - Foundation

Question

Which resources are renewable?

Tick two boxes.

AWood
BCrude oil
CIron ore
DMethane made from animal waste

[2 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.

AWood
BCrude oil
CIron ore
DMethane made from animal waste

Sample question 3 - Higher

Question

The water in a storage tank is not potable. What does potable mean?

AContains dissolved substances
BPure
CSafe to drink
DTastes nice

[1 mark]

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AContains dissolved substances
BPure
CSafe to drink
DTastes nice

Sample question 4 - Higher

Question

Why should the water in the tank be filtered to make it potable?

ATo kill microbes
BTo remove dissolved gases
CTo remove dissolved solids
DTo remove undissolved solids

[1 mark]

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ATo kill microbes
BTo remove dissolved gases
CTo remove dissolved solids
DTo remove undissolved solids