A few days ago
Anonymous

# leaving unanswered questions on the SAT?

As i was completing every section on the SAT, since i couldn’t use the process of elimination, i chose a random question and bubbled it in. Since it was RANDOM, do you think it was better( for my final score ) to leave them blank.

A few days ago
absird

In the long run you would expect to get 1 right for every 4 you get wrong on complete guesses. The net is then 1(1 pt) – 4 (1/4 pt) = 0. In the long run complete guessing won’t hurt or help you. Still if you can eliminate even one wrong answer it is in your favor to guess (in the long run). That is to say if you know that you will be making educated guesses on several questions on which you have eliminated at least one answer choice, then you should probably guess.
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A few days ago
quepie
“For every question wrong it is negative 1 point… if i leave blank it is just 1/4 of a point.”

Huh?

No, for every question left blank, you receive zero points and lose zero points. For every question that you answer incorrectly, you lose 1/4 of a point. Okay?

That said, randomly bubbling in the answers is statistically neither going to help you nor hurt you. Let’s say that you randomly bubbled in 5 questions. Statistically speaking, you would have gotten one of those right. That’s one point for you. However, the other four are wrong. So you lost 4*(1/4)=1 point. So you got one point and lost one point for a net gain/loss of 0 points. The same thing would have happened if you hadn’t answered any of them.

However, statistics often don’t model exactly what happens in real life. If you have to guess, it’s probably better to leave the bubbles blank than to randomly fill it out if you are completely unable to eliminate even a single answer choice. That way, you have no chance of answering all of them wrong and no chance of taking points away from the answers that you got right.

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A few days ago
Nathaly
OF COURSE IT WOULD HAVE BEEN BETTER TO LEAVE THEM BLANK!!!!

If you don’t know the answer, and you completely guess without eliminating any options then you are KILLING your score. If you leave them blank, you don’t lose any points, which is what you should have done.

There’s always next time.

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4 years ago
colbert
it is probably okay to start attending to hold close at that age. A fellow instructor of mine has a daughter going into the eighth grade. She took the PSAT in 6th grade and extremely almost aced it. And, no you’re actually now not a nerd, geek, freak, dork, or yet another perceive interior the e-e book. If that’s what you elect for and it makes you thoroughly happy, % it! :o)
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A few days ago
Anonymous
depends on how much u guess right and wrong if most of them r wrong u should have just left them blank
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