## Guessing and eliminating answer choises

jax
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### Guessing and eliminating answer choises

If I can eliminate one answer choice, should I guess on that problem? I was just wondering what is the best way to approach a problem when you can eliminate one answer choice. I know they subtract some percent of the questions you get wrong from your score, so how many do you have to eliminate in order to safely guess?

Grant
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"As a correction for haphazard guessing, one fourth of the number of questions you answer incorrectly is subtracted from the number of questions you answer correctly." - ETS
Feel free to check my math, but if you eliminate 1, 2, or 3 of the answer choices then that statistically corresponds respectively to 1/16, 1/6, or 3/8 points added to your raw score (assuming you guess randomly from the remaining answers).

jax
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So even if you eliminate one it's still worth guessing?

If I eliminate one, I would have a 1 in 4 chance of getting it right and they take away 1/4 of the ones you get wrong, so it doesn't seem like that would be productive...

Grant