The saying goes, if you don’t know what to answer on multiple-choice questions, choose C. It’s a much-discussed question.
A story’s circulating about a kid who took this a bit far. Please note that I have not been able to verify the following story’s truth. I just think it’s too funny not to post. If I learn more about it, I’ll update this entry.
Evidently unprepared for the test, he decided to go with the theory of choosing C on every question and hedge his bet. What he failed to notice was, the entire test was made up of True/False questions. That would make it a choice between A or B.
To the left you will find this student’s Scantron form, as he turned it in.
Below is an e-mail sent to him by his professor.
Every year I attempt to boost my students’ final grades by giving them this relatively simple exam consisting of 100 True/False questions from only 3 chapters of material. For the past 20 years that I have taught Intro Communications 101 at this institution I have never once seen someone score below a 65 on this exam. Consequently, your score of a zero is the first in history and ultimately brought the entire class average down a whole 8 points.
There were two possible answer choices: A (True) and B (False). You chose C for all 100 questions in an obvious attempt to get lucky with a least a quarter of the answers. It’s as if you didn’t look at a single question. Unfortunately, this brings your final grade in this class to failing. See you next year!
May God have mercy on your soul.
Professor William Turner
P.S. If all else fails, go with B from now on.
B is the new C
Wow, now that is pretty bad!
Do you have a funny story about someone cheating in school? Do you know any “trade secrets” for getting good results on computer-read answer sheets? Hint: Rubbing lip balm on the form does not work. If so, share your anecdotes in the comments.