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How to Get Unstuck Between Two Choices

Ever get stuck between two choices and inevitably pick the wrong answer? Or, worse, you pick the right answer at first, but then switch your answer to the wrong one? What’s going on here? In this video, we explore the cognitive bias at the heart of this error, and we learn how to avoid it and skyrocket your guessing accuracy.

First, I want you to try this question. This is a Sentence Completion question from the Old SAT, so you won’t see a question like this on your SAT or ACT tests. I’m using it because it perfectly illustrates the phenomenon under discussion. Choose the choice that you think best fits in the blank based on the meanings of the words and the context clues in the sentence.


Now watch the video to understand the mistake that many students make when they get stuck between two choices and how to avoid this error.

About the Author:

I’m Rob Schombs, the founder of Reason Prep, creator of these videos, and your test prep tutor. I earned a BA in Chemistry (2006) and an MA in Science and Technology Studies (2009) from Cornell University. In 2010 I started tutoring SAT, ACT, math, chemistry, and writing full-time, and Reason Prep followed shortly after!