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Statistically favored "guess" letter?

Discussion in 'MCAT Discussions' started by bluesTank, May 5, 2007.

  1. bluesTank

    bluesTank Zombie

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    Is one letter more often used on the MCAT then any other as an answer? I have been guessing A's on my verbal passages when I just dont get to a question at all, and they almost never are right...

    What does everyone else use?
     
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  3. jochi1543

    jochi1543 President, Gunner Central

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    Well, you only have a 25% chance of getting right, so consequently, if you guess all the time, you're gonna only get 25% right. "Almost never right" could easily mean that only 1/4 of your answers are right.

    I'm sure the MCAT writers take care to ensure a certain letter does not correspond to the overwhelming majority of correct answers, otherwise the test would be skewed.
     
  4. ILPsychDoc

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    The questions are assigned randomly so there will be no statistically favored letter... That being said:

    A ALL THE WAY!!!!
     
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    I was always taught "A and Away" - if you have no idea and can't eliminate any answers you've probably spent too much time on the question already, so just put the first answer and move on.
     
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    jochi1543 President, Gunner Central

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    Don't forget the test is scaled. If suddenly people lucked out with their "A and away" strategy, this would be compensated for with the scaled score.
     
  7. mvenus929

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    I don't have any favored letter. I just point and click to the first one that jumps out at me. It's usually a different one every time. I guess it works out pretty well, since I usually get about 30/40 right total...
     
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    might the choices also be rotated within a section?
     
  9. ILPsychDoc

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    Yes that is true... but thats assuming that significant amount of people have the "A and Away" strategy... as opposed to every other random guess strategy, I'd be willing to guess there is just as many B'er, C'er and D'ers as there is "A and away"...
     
  10. RPedigo

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    Well, you should always be able to eliminate some of the answers.

    That said, the MCAT is not supposed to be biased towards any one letter, so if you've narrowed the choices down to "A" and "C" and eliminated "B" and "D", but you've had a lot of "A" answers previously that you're confident about, I'd just go with "C".
     
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    jochi1543 President, Gunner Central

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    I like that logic.
     
  12. badasshairday

    badasshairday Vascular and Interventional Radiology

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    Thats what it usually looks like on one of my VR passages every time I take a practice test.
     
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  14. scotties123

    scotties123 GrandMacDaddy

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    reminds me of highschool
     
  15. jochi1543

    jochi1543 President, Gunner Central

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    Reminds me of first semester freshman year.:D
     

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