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No, there is no longer a guessing penalty on the SAT.
Is there a guessing penalty on the SAT?
In the old days, students taking the SAT incurred a "guessing penalty." If you got a problem wrong, 1/4 of a point would be deducted for each incorrect answer. Painful, huh? This added an element of strategy and gamemanship to the test, but this is no longer a feature of the test. The SAT has gotten soft in its old age.
If your parents are sharing strategies they honed to master the guessing penalty, politely inform them that the SAT no longer has a guessing penalty. This kind of old people rambling will do you no good. There is probably other wisdom your folks can share, this just isn't it.
In conclusion: you should expect to guess on the SAT. Don't leave those bubbles blank!
Don't believe us? OK, we checked with the official sources to make sure. Here is the official word from the College Board itself.
No Penalty for Guessing
On the SAT, you simply earn points for the questions you answer correctly. So go ahead and give your best answer to every question—there’s no advantage to leaving them blank.
-Our friends at Kaplan provide guessing tips.
-Princeton Review also provided a nifty overview of the test changes after the latest version of the SAT was released.
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Why not senior year? Because your first-semester senior year is likely going to be the most intense and stressful semester of your high school career. You will likely have your hardest classes, club leadership responsibilities, and college applications. During your senior year, getting enough sleep will be a big enough challenge, so why add pressure to perform well on the SAT? Also, if you procrastinated on your SAT studying, you will likely procrastinate on your personal statement writing as well. Take your SAT's early so you can procrastinate on something else!
We understand that most students don't plan ahead enough. Enrollment in SAT classes tends to peak during the summer between junior/senior year and fall of senior year. Despite encouraging high school juniors to start studying earlier, we often don't see these students until they are stressed out a year later. That's understandable. High school juniors are still teenagers and likely to perceive a year in the future as quite long.
One note about taking the SAT your senior year: if you think that you can improve your score by 100+ points, then definitely feel free to take the test again. That is a big enough improvement and worth your time.