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Guessing on AP exams—is there a strategy?

Alright, I know this might be a bit of a weird question, but if I have to guess on a multiple-choice question during an AP exam, is there a letter (like A, B, C, or D) that tends to be the answer more often? I hope it doesn't come to guessing, but just in case haha!

8 months ago

While it's natural to hope for a pattern or trick to help with guessing on multiple-choice tests, the reality is that AP exams are designed to be as fair and unbiased as possible. The College Board ensures that the distribution of correct answers varies and doesn't favor any particular letter. If you do find yourself having to guess, remember that there's no penalty for wrong answers on AP exams, so it’s better to guess than to leave a question blank.

A good strategy is to eliminate as many incorrect answers as you can, and then guess from the remaining options. Over time, studies have shown no consistent bias towards any letter, so guessing randomly among the remaining options after elimination is your best bet. As always, your best strategy is to be as prepared as possible and use educated guesses rather than relying solely on chance.

8 months ago

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