If you’ve ever taken a standardized test, be it the SAT, ACT or PSAT, you’ve probably encountered some questions that you weren’t certain how to answer. When that situation arises you have three potential courses of action: panic, leave it blank, or guess. What should you do to maximize your score? You guessed it.
The “guessing penalty” that may have plagued your older siblings or parents is now a thing of the past; neither the ACT, SAT or PSAT deducts points for wrong answers. That means you literally have nothing to lose by bubbling in an answer for every question!
Guessing on the ACT, SAT, or PSAT does two things: it increases your odds of getting a correct answer, and it makes strategic use of your time by letting you focus your energy (and precious seconds!) on questions that you know how to do.
That said, there are ways to guess strategically. To help you make the most out of your guesses, consider these Test Day tips: