Wednesday, June 23, 2010

The Official SAT Guide: Skip Questions or Guess...?

The Official SAT Study Guide Online: Is it better to skip questions if you don't know the answer?

The simple answer to that is, "No." 

Some say that it's a toss-up on whether or not to leave answers blank if you don't know them; I'm going to go a step further and say it is absolutely NOT better to leave an answer blank and here's why:

The SAT counts off 1/4 of a percent for a wrong answer. So, let's say you have four questions you are unsure of...if you guess at all four of them, the simple law of probability is that you're going to get at least one right. This means that the one you get right will cancel out the three you might possibly get wrong. Now imagine if you guess correctly on two of them...? See what I mean??

Furthermore, the standard on the SAT is five answer choices to each of the multiple choice questions. If you can reasonably deduct at least one answer (and usually it's really easy to at least minus out two of the possible answers), then you are 100% better off by taking a guess.

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