When a student views a multiple choice test question from a practice exam, he or she will carefully read the question and then evaluate the available answers. After completing the question, the practice test system will show the student the correct answer, and the experience is subconsciously “logged” in the student's memory.
What happens when the student is shown the same exact multiple choice question again in the future? The student’s memory reflexes will likely allow them to recognize the correct answer simply by seeing the layout of the words and letters of the available answers. The student spots the correct answer, but not necessarily because they understand the reason why the answer is correct. We call this phenomenon secondary memorization and most of us have experienced this at some point in our educational history.
Secondary memorization is a problem inherent to multiple choice practice tests and fools many real estate students into believing that they are "ready" for the State exam. These students are shocked on test day when the questions on the State exam cover the same concepts and topics, but use different wording in the presentation.
Our methods protect students against secondary memorization in three primary ways: