Is it random?
December 4, 2007 6:05 PM Subscribe
Do standardized tests (SAT, GRE, LSAT, etc.) use randomly sorted answer choices?
posted by bluejayk to education (15 answers total) 4 users marked this as a favorite
I don't know how to go about getting a straight answer from the makers of these tests.
When writing a question, the writers must write 4 incorrect and 1 correct answer. How is the order they are placed determined?
I had kinda assumed that on harder tests (GRE, GMAT, MCAT, LSAT) that the answers were at least sometimes arranged in a non-random (test-writer chosen) method. But in a discussion I've been having, everyone else thinks that's crazy.
If the answer order is chosen by people, in order to sometimes make the answers more difficult to choose (example: putting a superficially attractive incorrect answer before the correct choice), that makes it non-random, even if each answer letter comprises 20% of the answer choices. Right?
However, I don't really know if they do that, or if I just notice when they do, and discount it when they don't.
Anyplace I can find hard evidence?