# Extra alignment tab has been changed to \cr" error [closed]

I am receiving the "extra alignment tab has been changed to \cr" error in producing a complicated table in LaTeX. The minimalist table below should replicate the error. I have read the other answers on StackExchange but they do not identify why this error arises. An answer will (a) identify the issue and a resolution and (b) why this is happening.

\begin{table}[!htbp] \centering
\caption{Test}
\label{}
\begin{tabular}{@{\extracolsep{5pt}}lcc}
\\[-1.8ex]\hline
\hline \\[-1.8ex]
& \multicolumn{2}{c}{\textit{Dependent variable:}} \\
\cline{2-3}
\\[-1.8ex] & \multicolumn{2}{c}{Test} \\
& Test & Test & Test \\
\hline
\hline \\[-1.8ex]
\textit{Note:}  & \multicolumn{2}{r}{$^{*}$p$<$0.1; $^{**}$p$<$0.05; $^{***}$p$<$0.01} \\
\end{tabular}
\end{table}


## closed as off-topic by Mico, Romain Picot, user13907, user31729, Svend TveskægFeb 21 '16 at 9:38

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• you define three cols with lcc but entered four on the Test entry row. Hence the extra alignment tab... – percusse Feb 20 '16 at 22:26
• I'm voting to close this question as off-topic because the cause of the error wasn't fully shown in the OP's example code and because the error was resolved based on information available only to the OP. – Mico Feb 21 '16 at 7:32