The SAT is a standardized college admissions exam composed of critical reading, math, and writing sections. Each section is scored out of 800 points – correct answers earn one point each, unanswered questions do not affect the score, and incorrect answers result in a 1.25 point deduction.
Students should take several practice tests to determine the range at which they are scoring. This is important so that students may determine an appropriate “guessing strategy.” Because unanswered questions do not affect the score, sometimes it is beneficial to leave a question blank rather than answer it.
Students scoring below a 500 should NOT guess and should leave the questions that they are uncertain of blank. Students scoring between 500 and 600 should leave only those questions for which they cannot eliminate ANY answer choices blank. Students scoring above a 600 should not leave ANY questions blank.