# In how many different ways can a five-question test be answered, if only three of them have to be answered?

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### 5 Answers

- Mike GLv 75 months agoFavorite Answer
Assuming the order of the answers does not matter

5C3 = 10

If the order matters

5P3 = 60

- Anonymous5 months ago
5•4•3

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- LeonardLv 75 months ago
The question is very unclear - first, even if you mean counting whether a question was answered or not, "if only 3 of them HAVE TO to be answered" - does this mean answering exactly 3 questions and leaving the others blank, or can you answer either 3 or 4 or all 5 questions - you'll get different responses to your question depending.

Also, are the questions "multiple choice"? if yes, then every question can be answered in 4 ways (each of the 4 choices), or it can be left blank and not answered at all.

You have to ask your question precisely, or it cant be answered precisely.

- PuzzlingLv 75 months ago
Assuming they pick the 3 questions they are going to answer, it's simply "5 choose 3".

5C3 = (5 * 4 * 3) / (3 * 2 * 1)

= 60/6

= 10 ways

Specifically:

{123, 124, 125, 134, 135, 145, 234, 235, 245, 345}

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- 5 months ago
5C3 =>

5! / (3! * (5 - 3)!) =>

5 * 4 * 3! / (3! * 2!) =>

5 * 4 / 2 =>

5 * 2 =>

10

excellent answer