The multiple-choice dilemma

successful and unsuccessful choices - conceptThe power of inference… powerful!

So, we know that the CPT is a multiple-choice exam.  In such a case, there are certain strategies that you can adopt – it is particularly relevant to do so when you have just over a minute to answer each question.

Would you have enough time to fully answer each question during the test?  Maybe, or maybe not!  More likely, maybe not!  This will require you to make some inferences along the way.

Definition of inference (Oxford Dictionary) –


a conclusion reached on the basis of evidence and reasoning.

In case of practical questions in accounting and quantitative aptitude, you can quite likely eliminate two answers almost immediately.  Observe the pattern of the possible answers.  The answers but two may be very far apart from each other – for example, some answers being in tens of thousands while others being in the hundreds.  Having read the question, you can quickly determine what the scale of the answer ought to be, and thereby eliminate two of the wrong answers.  With respect to the remaining two answers, you don’t always have to solve the problem all the way to the final solution – you may not necessarily have enough time.  As you solve a few steps of the problem, and eliminate two wrong choices, you should be able to determine the correct answer.  Of course, in some cases, you will have to solve the entire problem – now, you would have saved enough time on the other questions in order to do so.

Important!  You will need to practice making inferences – do not try it for the first time during in the exam.  You may land up in the wrong place.  It is a skill to be developed and can often take a while.  Attempt to solve as many practice problems as you can by making eliminations and inferences, so that you develop confidence in your approach.  Pay attention to and observe the patterns (there will be several patterns) as you practice your way through your approach.  Inferencing is a bit like solving puzzles – first looking for clues, and adding on to what you already know. We will have a separate piece on developing inference-making skills in due course.

You can also apply the same approach to the question that are not practical in nature.  Once again, practice the technique!

What you may not realize is that making inferences are at the core of problem solving and analytical skills.  Developing such skills is not only helpful in preparing and taking the exams, but also in your career going forward.  At AlphaVeda, our content is designed to do exactly this – by looking at things logically and intuitively, to enable inferences, to promote analytical thinking.

Happy inferencing and all the best!

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