# Are there any strategies to determine bond order and hybridization rankings without drawing the Lewis Structure?

I'm not Chemist. I'm taking a chemistry class in college, and the test review contains many questions where I'm asked to rank from least to greatest based on bond order, polarity, and bond angles. I feel like I can rate on electronegativity.

The problem is that I don't know a way to rationalize this in my mind without drawing the Lewis Structures. Many times each possible choice has like 5 or so, so it takes a lot of time. We are only given 50 minutes for the test and there are many more problems that require large amounts of time.

My question is... As a chemist or someone who is more knowledgable in this field than I, are there any techniques that would help you now or when you were first learning?

Thanks.

• PS: I added homework tag b/c I thought it might meet criteria in the Homework post. It's not an advanced question. – codeblooded Apr 27 '16 at 1:57
• Welcome to Chemistry.SE! Take the tour to get familiar with this site. Mathematical expressions and equations can be formatted using $\LaTeX$ syntax. I'm not sure it is a homework question - I would not treat it like one. – Martin - マーチン Apr 27 '16 at 5:43