# Probability of getting between

...2 to 5 questions answered correctly, out of 20 of them? Each question has 5 choices. Probability of getting one right is 1/5. Probability of getting exactly 1 right is ${20 \choose 1} p^1 q^{19}$, with $p=P(\mathrm{right})$ and $q=P(\mathrm{wrong})$ (which I managed to understand and calculate). However how do I calculate for the problem above?

• your are welcome. Note that right clicking on formula will present you pop-up menu with a choice to see the source. Jan 27, 2011 at 13:57
• @mpiktas: Nice to know that it is possible to see the source. Jan 27, 2011 at 14:11
• If you feel @mpiktas's answer helped you to solve your problem, then the best way to thank him is probably to upvote his response.
– chl
Jan 27, 2011 at 14:41

Hint: sum up the probabilities. The probability that exactly $k$ answers are answered correctly is $${20 \choose k}\left(\frac{1}{5}\right)^k\left(\frac{4}{5}\right)^{20-k}.$$ In your case you have $k=2,3,4,5$.
• @Queops, R code pbinom(5,20,1/5)-pbinom(1,20,1/5) gives 0.7350325, so yes. Jan 27, 2011 at 14:07