## Is B the new C?

4 answers. 1 that is correct. 25% chance of getting it right. There are multiple ways to approach this problem on an exam. You could potentially eliminate two choices if you had some idea of the answer, leaving you a 50/50 shot. What if you don’t know a semblance of the answer and left gaping like a duck at the question? There’s that old rule that whenever you’re stuck to always pick C. More recently, from talking to friends, I have found that the new trend is to pick B since teachers would expect students to guess C. Now this can get a whole lot more confusing depending on the student’s level of paranoia, or can get a bit more ridiculous when it comes to other methods of guessing the right answer, but is there a way to eliminate this problem entirely?

Is there a way to culminate the class or even a portion of it that thoroughly examines the student’s knowledge without being able to be “gamed”? Many exams like the SAT have questions that, with enough prep from SAT classes or SAT practice exams, can be answered correctly solely based on the structure of the questions and answers. After doing so much practice, it becomes much easier to pick out patterns that companies like Pearson use so often. It becomes as simple as a formula that you can plug and chug to gain the correct answer.

Could the solution be a final project? From my own experiences, I have found projects to be a much better test of my ability and conceptual knowledge than a multiple choice examination. Projects require you to understand the underlying principles and often how to apply them to another situation. And isn’t this better in the long run anyway? We go to school to gain an education and improve the future. If it is not applicable to real life then what is the point in learning it?

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I remember when my brother was younger, he had a final project on the solar system. Now it is easy to memorize that Mercury is closest to the sun or that Jupiter has 4 rings. It is harder to visualize these concepts in space or picture their relation to each other and to the entire solar system in general. Having my brother create a 3-D model of the solar system allowed him to compare sizes, rings, and orbit patterns among planets. It is easy to say that one planet has a shorter orbit than another but it is harder to understand why without being able to physically touch something to find out why for yourself.

Exploration is the greatest way to attain knowledge and projects allow that. If a teacher is just lecturing to you the entire time, I can guarantee a majority of that information will not remain in your brain, let alone if it even enters in the first place. While I had a lot more projects in my classes as a kid than my brother did, this also  enabled me to answer his questions about certain topics that I learned through this self-exploration. However, this does arise questions about if this were taken to a national level, how would final projects be able to be standardized amongst schools across the country?