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Test-taking tip #5: Identify equally plausible options.
- Equally plausible options are options that are so similar that one option is no better than the other.
- Equally plausible options can both be deleted from further consideration.
- For example, one option says “Dyspnea” and another option says “Difficulty breathing.” These two options are saying the same thing. One option is no better than the other; therefore, you can eliminate both from further consideration.
- Another example is if one option states, “Encourage deep breathing exercises” and another option states, “Encourage the use of an incentive spirometer 10 times every hour.” Both of these options present interventions that increase the depth of respirations. One option is no better than the other; therefore, you can eliminate both options from further consideration. By doing so, you increase your chances of selecting the correct answer to 50 percent.
- Study tip: Construct equally plausible options for the correct answer and identify equally plausible options for the options that are distractors.
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