###### Asked in Probability

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# If a multiple-choice question has five answer choices and you submit one wrong answer before getting the question correct how much credit will you lose for that part of the question?

## Answer

###### Wiki User

###### 09/09/2014

question with options, you will lose of the credit for that question. Just like the similar multiple-choice penalty on most standardized tests, this rule is necessary to prevent random guessing.

With five choices, your chance of getting the question wrong is 80% when guessing, and every wrong answer costs you 1/4 of a point. In this case, leave it blank with no penalty. Guessing becomes a much better gamble if you can eliminate even one obviously incorrect response. If you can narrow the choices down to three possibilities by eliminating obvious wrong answers

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