# Omitting questions

<p>How exactly does it work when you omit a question? How is the score of you test affected by it?</p>

<p>you don't receive any points and you don't get any points taken away</p>

<p>Actually, you don't earn a point, so it's the equivalent of subtracting one point from the total possible.</p>

<p>You should always try to guess. Try not to leave a question blank.</p>

<p>The guessing penalty for ETS tests is still fairly misunderstood.</p>

<p>It is designed to punish random guessers. Through sheer dumb luck, you would be able to get one question right out of every five. There's a 1/4 of a point deduction for an incorrect answer. You get one point for a correct answer. 4 questions wrong * (1/4 point each) = 1 point deduction. 1 - 1 = 0.</p>

<p>If you leave a question blank, no points are deducted. But! slipstream is correct; it's the equivalent of subtracting one point from the total possible.</p>

<p>Even if you can't eliminate anything, guess. 20% > 0%.</p>

<p>I do not guess, unless I have eliminated at least one choice. As fabrizio pointed out, you are expected to get zero points if you guess with 5 choices. If you omit the problem, then you are guarenteed this. If you guess, then you risk losing points. I prefer the safer route.</p>

<p>yea, if I have no idea at all how to solve a math problem, or i don't have any clue on a vocab word, i omit it, it's safer. If you can eliminate 1, than I'll guess, but 4 times out of 5 when I guess with 5 choices i'm wrong</p>