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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