If you are having difficulty even understanding the question, dissect it first using the following methodology:
Example Question: “You live in a rural area. One day around noon, you develop chest pain and suspect you are having a heart attack. It typically takes an ambulance 45 minutes to arrive at your home. You need to leave your home and begin travelling to the hospital as soon as possible. What should you do?”
First you should pick up on the fact that the question is asking about the opinion of all possible voters not just the ones that read rumors off the Internet. So if you ignore the rumor of Obama megalomania, then you can also ignore answers B, C, D, and E. By using basic analysis, you have just eliminated most of the answer choices. Now that you have narrowed it down to A or F, you can make an educated guess that Answer A is a better choice as dirty politics have always been around and have never aroused the passions of the average American as the size of their paycheck does.
A final word of advice - keep your cool. If you get to the test center after reading this blog post numerous times and you still find yourself frozen when staring at a test question, it means you are in panic mode and you need to refocus and take control. Have you ever witnessed a martial arts student get into a brawl and forget all their defensive blocks and techniques and instead descend into a blur of flailing arms and legs? That is the equivalent of what you are going through when you can't maintain focus and follow the analytical approaches outlined here. It takes much practice and mental control, but the more you practice, the easier it gets - like anything else in life.
I wish you much luck on your certification exams.
Note: Portions of this document are derived from Michael Josepheson, Evaluation and Grading in Law School, AALS Section on Teaching (1984).