Hi, I have had mixed answers from other mums regarding this. When the child sits the test, how do you think they should handle answering questions they are unsure of, should they:
A - Keep trying to work out the answer until they get it right (not my choice tbh)
B - Move straight onto the next question, leaving it blank, then go back at the end of the test to try to answer, or if all else fails, make an educated guess, or
C - Move straight onto the next question but make the educated guess now just in case you don't have time to go back (leaving a mark by the question so they can go back at a glance to save time)
My guess is answer C, but would love to hear other peoples opinions.
I have said to my child to leave a mark next to the ones he has made the educated guess on so he know at a glance which ones he needs to go over at the end of the test.
They should always guess and move on. This stops them wasting time (the exam last year was very time critical, particularly the maths) and also stops them from forgetting to come back and fill anything in later. It also means they wont risk filling all the following answers in in the wrong place on the grid (off by one question!) which has been known to happen.
They should also mark the question somehow on the question paper so it's easy to find if they have time to spare at the end.
Also, someone did mention to me, if they guess all the ones they don't know with the same answer, ie, all A's, they stand more chance of getting some right, not sure I agree with this, but inputs would be great, thanks.
There is no statistical advantage to choosing the same answer for the questions they don't know.