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# 3 Hacks for Succeeding on Multiple-Choice Tests

Prepping for the SAT or ACT? Check out these quick pointers while you're strategizing your test plan. https://www.collegeconfidential.com/articles/3-hacks-for-succeeding-on-multiple-choice-tests/
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## Replies to: 3 Hacks for Succeeding on Multiple-Choice Tests

• 8568 replies1249 threads Senior Member
What is the reasoning behind picking a "letter of the day"? Is there any validity to it? See the discussion here for some discussion that suggests there isn't:
https://math.stackexchange.com/questions/1986950/explain-with-math-why-you-should-choose-a-letter-of-the-day-to-guess-on-a-mc-t
• 2007 replies14 threads Senior Member
Statistically speaking, no method is better for this. The only benefit of choosing the same letter for all the remaining questions is that it's quick. So you can always choose C, or do letter of the day, or do it in a pattern that is pleasing to you. However, consistency is not any better, since every letter selected by the computer is independent of the other, so, for any question, each letter has the same chance at being correct, no matter what you chose in the last question, or what you will choose in the next question.

We'll simplify and use three choices, with the number in parentheses being the probability that this is the correct answer:

Q1: A (1/3); B (1/3); C (1/3)

Q2 A (1/3); B (1/3); C (1/3)

Q3 A (1/3); B (1/3); C (1/3)

So, the chances that you will pick a correct answer in Question 2 is 1/3, no matter which letter you pick, and it will be 1/3 no matter which letter you picked in Question 1.
• 5878 replies82 threads Senior Member
edited January 2019
I think it's better to pick the answer you think it's the right one for whatever reason you can think of. If you are going to pick one of the three movies to watch but you don't know any of them, how do you pick?
edited January 2019
• 1816 replies31 threads Senior Member
"If you choose your guessing letters randomly, however, it’s more likely that you’ll get fewer guesses correct than if you were to just pick one letter and go for it."

No. It isn't.
• 13219 replies247 threads Senior Member
there is absolutely no penalty for guessing on either of these tests, and therefore you should never leave a question unanswered. (Did you know this is one of the most common myths about the SAT?)

It's not a myth, it used to be true until they changed it.

It was never true for the ACT AFAIK.