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12-05-2012, 01:35 PM
Join Date: Mar 2010
Location: Ottawa, Ontario
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I seem to recall a prof explained this once. There's a tendency to associate the first response with the most obvious choice, so teachers avoid A. Similarly, you associate the 'least likely' choice as D, which would be 'the most obvious place to hide the answer,' so teachers avoid D. Making the answer C instead of B creates a perception that the student has to actually search for the answer; by the time they reach C, they've already read two other options that could be right and thus serve as misinformation to the students. If the answer was B, it would be more recognizable because there is less misinformation in front of it. Hence, the tendency to avoid B.
Could very well be a load of crock, but it's kind of funny that someone would take the time to inquire about why C appears to be the answer more often.
Ah, but now that we know this, C is more recognizable as the correct answer than any other. Hence, the tendency to avoid C.
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