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Re: "Guessing penalty" on the CAT?

How is the test scored?
The test is scored on a 20-80 scale. There is no penalty for incorrect or omitted answers.

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----- Original Message -----
From: ElsaHaas <ElsaHaas@si.rr.com>
Date: Monday, April 26, 2010 10:39 am
Subject: [arn-l] "Guessing penalty" on the CAT?
To: arn-l@interversity.org

> For the CAT (California Achievement Test), does anyone know
> whether there is
> a "guessing penalty"? For example, if there are four possible answers,
> one-quarter of a point might be deducted, for each incorrect
> answer, from
> the total number of correct answers (in order to discourage guessing).
> I tried calling someone who ought to know, but she had no idea
> what I was
> talking about. I think the "guessing penalty" is more common at
> higher grade
> levels, like for the (college-admissions) SAT, but I want to be
> sure.
> Thanks,
> Elsa