How to outguess multiple choice tests


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**Multiple Choice Strategy: **
**1) Pick B if you have to guess on 4 options **
**2) Pick E if you have to guess on 5 options **
**3) Don’t pick answers with Always, Never, None, or All **
4) Pick answers such as “All of the above”

Now you know how I got through College…


“The only winning move is not to play.” ~ W.O.P.R.

  1. Don’t pick answers with Always, Never, None, or All
  2. Pick answers such asAll of the above”

Well, that’s crystal clear. Thanks.


The video does preface 4) with “unless”, so it’s a bit less nonsensical.

So, terasabos? That’s some bullshit trickery right there. Cool word though.


Some of my friends in highschool got through two rounds of a national chemistry competition by multiple choice analysis alone. This got them to the invitational part of the competition which was a written test. They declined.


And then there are professors like me that actually validate my assessments to ensure that the tests do exactly what they are supposed to do – assess knowledge!

I mean, you NEED to have some questions that are easy wins to encourage confidence, but for the most part unless the educator is just an idiot, these aren’t going to get you much higher.

I will say that if a question goes from 4 options to 5, there is a reason it did it which then you are looking at All or None. Run through validation, you PROBABLY would ensure that guessing is minimized, probability of the item is discriminating correctly, and things like point biserial that ensures that dumbasses don’t get some questions right while throwing off the folks that actually understand the content (a lot of trick questions will reward those that should least be rewarded).

Either way, almost any standardized test will have gone through these processes. And anyone that tries these techniques with these will most certainly get the grade they deserve.

That said, there are key words people should pay attention to – the ALL, NONE, ALWAYS, NEVER – these are things to notice. Would I avoid them instantly? God no. In the subjective arts, professors are idiots because they think Art History is a science, and in the sciences we realize that there are hard and fast rules FOR THE LEVEL YOU ARE STUDYING…if you get to grad school, your ALL, NONE, ALWAYS, NEVER are going to be different than at the undergrad level! Is it right? No. However, I’ve always told students if you want to write long answers out in their text explaining why one of these is right or wrong, do so…and I’ll consider it. I know I did and I was rewarded for actually knowing the subject at a higher level!

There are things to pay attention to…without just guessing.



There is another method which is guaranteed to give even better results…

  • Study.

Also, it’s a bad sign when somebody refers to it as a “multiple-guess” test.


I use this as a general heuristic for playing board games; always tell the truth until you don’t.

  1. Don’t pick answers with Always, Never, None, or All
  2. Pick answers such as “All of the above”


I’m going to throw some shade on these strategies.


This is literally pointed out in the third comment on this page.
The comment immediately afterward mentions that the actual video prefaces 4) with an “unless”.
I am now correcting a pedant with even further pedantry.
I hope you are happy.


Ah. I read on the BBS, and the video didn’t show up. Since it wasn’t mentioned in the body, I never thought to look for one (and didn’t notice it mentioned in that comment).


Create a nice “random” pattern on your answer sheet…


To clarify the meaning here, rather than just pointing out the exception - a lot of multi choice answers will attempt to throw you off if you don’t know the answer 100% by specifying that something that is sometimes true is always true, or that all cases of something are true, for instance. All of the above isn’t referring to all cases of a particular scenario, it instead refers to all other answers listed for the question - in that case, examiners would usually only think to use that format if they’ve made that the correct answer (or at least often enough to give you an advantage picking that).

I’ll add an extra tip as well - these rules don’t apply in classes about statistics, probabilities or other fields where guessing is part of the training - I have heard of statistics classes mentioning the fun fact that ‘c’ is the most common correct answer in multi choice (this likely varies by study and/or region) and then gave multi choice tests with literally no ‘c’ answers being correct.


“Here are some some strategies for multiple choice tests and Rock, Paper, Scissors.”

OK, but are they successful strategies? Oh, and show your work.

  1. Pick Paper when against a man

This is common knowledge by now among the Rock, Paper, Scissors Community. The meta has moved on. These days your opponent will already account for your knowledge and because he/she knows YOU know and will account for your knowledge by throwing scissors, throw scissors themselves, thinking you´ll throw paper to counter them. Of course then you actually DO throw rock and take the win.


And I thought you got by on charm alone.

  1. Wrote strategies down.
  2. Got people to pay money to read strategies.
  3. Strategies are successful! QED