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Topic: guessing on multiple choice section
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Wayne Murrah

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Registered: 12/3/04
Re: guessing on multiple choice section
Posted: Apr 3, 1998 7:32 PM
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I would not recommend that approach because of the grading penalties for
wrong answers (as opposed to "blank" answers). I always advise my students
not to guess at all, unless they can, somehow, eliminate all but two
answers, which seldom is possible. Guessing between two possible answers
puts the odds of the scoring in their favor, but guessing among several
will definitely work against them unless they happen to get VERY lucky.

>Hello everyone!
>I have been teaching AP Calculus for two years now and I have one quick
>question regarding the multiple choice section of the AB exam. Is it better
>for students to make an "educated" guess for problems they are not sure of?
>Would you recommend that they leave that question alone and not mark anything
>on their answer key? I remarked to my students that I would not leave
>anything blank and make the best possible guess.
>If anyone can bear any light on this, especially those connected with grading
>the exam, I would appreciate your feedback.
>Ms. Fatenah Issa
>Holy Trinity High School

Wayne Murrah, Chairman, Math Dept.
Porter-Gaud School
300 Albemarle Rd.
Charleston, SC 29414


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