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AP Eliminates Guessing Penalty On Tests

10/11/2010 05:12 am ET | Updated May 25, 2011

The College Board is about to announce a change in the Advanced Placement program that will end the penalty for wrong answers.

So after decades in which test takers were warned against random guessing, they may now do so without fear of hurting their scores. The shift is notable because the SAT continues to penalize wrong answers, such that those who cannot eliminate any of the answers are discouraged from guessing. The ACT, which has gained market share against the SAT in recent years, does not have such a penalty. At this point, the College Board is changing its policy only for the AP exams.

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