Over the years, you’ve probably heard teachers and classmates say that, on multiple-choice tests, “your first guess is your best.”
However, new research from the University of Illinois says that, overall, changing answers helps students far more often than it hurts them.
So why do so many people believe that the first guess is best?
Because it’s really annoying to get a question wrong if you had originally had it right. On the flip side, you’re unlikely to be fazed if you change an incorrect answer to the correct one.
A recent Huffington Post article discusses this study’s findings in more detail. It also highlights another study that identifies helpful—and unhelpful—reading-comprehension strategies. Click here to check it out.