Andrei Freeman (lordandrei) wrote,
Andrei Freeman
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For the love of standardized testing... learn people!

When I was in high school, I did very well on the SAT.

I unfortunately did well because the questions were 'coded'.

What this meant was that you could solve some style of questions without knowing the answer.

Here's an example I came across tonight on facebook:

In Stargate-SG1, What was the SGC designation for the Goa'uld homeworld?

  • P3X-932
  • P3X-888
  • P3Z-888
  • P6Y-888


I have no idea what the answer is. But I can guess it.

Below the cut is why I guessed it and how to get this type of question right almost every time.

P3X-888? I did.

The answer has two parts on either side of the hyphen.

Your left choices are: P3X, P3Z, and P6Y
Your right choices are: 932 and 888.

So we count up how many times a choice was offered in the answers:

P3X: 2 (a & b), P3Z: 1 (c) P6Y: 1 (d)
932: 1 (a), 888: 3 (b, c, and d)

If we select our winners we get:
P3X-888 (answer 2)

This will almost always work.

The way you often see these questions is as follows:

Gurgee Hinken clurbled his mro-ofic nogrisen. Torby wouldn't so he Groglegged the movbane.

I) No movbane would ever be clurbled
II) Nogrisen should only be grogleged after dark
III) Spain is where the rain falls

a) I is correct
b) III is correct
c) I & II is correct
d) II & III is correct
e) I & III is correct

Depsite this all being gibberish... the answer is obvious using the method above.

You just need to keep score:
Rule I: 3 votes (a, c, e)
Rule II: 2 votes (c, d)
Rule III: 3 votes (b, d, e)

Since I & III tie with the most votes: the answer must be (e)

Note: if (d) was I, II, & III are correct then the correct choice would have been (a)

Edit: Change count of Rule II usage thanks to amythyst who counts better than I do :)
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