Believe in yourself and all the hard work you have put in.
Review the MFOM syllabus: Familiarize yourself with the topics covered in the occupational medicine courses which you might have attended to ensure you understand the breadth of material that may be tested. You should have gone through Oxford Handbook (2nd or 3rd ed), Fitness for Work 6th ed., and HSE website (COSHH, noise, HAVS, ionising radiation etc) as bare minimum.
Read the entire question carefully: Ensure you fully comprehend the question before attempting to answer it. Misreading a question can lead to incorrect choices.
Read the question carefully: Carefully read each question and consider all the options before choosing an answer. Pay attention to any qualifiers, such as "always", “least true”, “least likely”, “best method”, or "never," etc which might affect your choice.
Be mindful of double negatives: Questions or answer choices with multiple negatives can be confusing. Ensure you understand the true meaning of the statement before selecting your answer.
Look for clues in the question: Sometimes, the question itself or one of the answer choices will hint at the correct response. Keep an eye out for these subtle cues.
Eliminate obviously incorrect answers: When unsure of the correct answer, eliminate any options that seem clearly incorrect. This narrows down your choices and increases the probability of selecting the correct response.
Consider the most common or logical answer: In some cases, the correct answer may be the most common or logical response based on your knowledge of occupational medicine.
Watch for patterns: Be aware of any patterns in the answer choices, such as consistently choosing the longest or shortest option. While not a fool proof method, it may help guide your decisions in some cases.
Trust your first instinct: Often, your initial response to a question is correct. Avoid second-guessing yourself unless you find clear evidence to change your answer.
Focus on keywords: Identify the keywords in the question, which can help you recall relevant information and guide your choice.
Use mnemonic devices: Employ mnemonic techniques to help remember key concepts or facts, which can be useful when answering multiple-choice questions.
Take practice tests: Use practice tests and quizzes to familiarize yourself with the format and types of questions you may encounter.
Manage your time wisely: Allocate enough time to answer all questions, but avoid spending too much time on any single question. Keep an eye on the clock and pace yourself accordingly.
Read all options: Even if you think you know the correct answer, read through all the choices to ensure you don't overlook a better option.
Understand the context: Consider the specific workplace, industry, or population being discussed in the question, as this context may influence the correct answer.
Be cautious with "all of the above" or "none of the above": These options can be tricky. Consider each choice individually before deciding if the collective answer is correct.
Look for contrasting answers: When two answer choices are opposites, the correct response is often one of them. Use this as a cue to narrow down your options.
Utilize the process of elimination: Systematically eliminate incorrect options to improve your chances of selecting the correct answer.
Avoid random guessing: Only guess when you have some basis for your choice, such as eliminating one or more incorrect options. Random guessing is unlikely to improve your score.
Stay calm and focused: Anxiety and stress can impact your ability to think clearly. Stay calm and focused to maximize your performance.
Mark difficult questions: If you encounter a particularly challenging question, mark it and return to it later if time allows. This ensures you don't waste valuable time on a single question.
Keep track of questions you're unsure about: After completing the test, review any questions you were unsure about to learn from your mistakes and improve your understanding of the material.
Review the material regularly: Regular review of occupational medicine concepts will help solidify your understanding and improve your ability to answer multiple-choice questions effectively.
Get a good night's sleep and eat a balanced meal before the exam: Proper rest and nutrition can improve your concentration and cognitive function during the test.
Stay positive and confident: Believe in your abilities and knowledge, and approach the exam with a positive mindset. This can help reduce anxiety and improve your overall performance.