ACT / SAT Pro Tips: Don’t Ignore “No Change” Or “None Of The Above”

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The multiple choice section on the ACT and SAT tests can be complicated enough with five options to choose from. But often, just to make things more interesting, some questions will give you a ‘No change’ or ‘None of the above’ option. Ignoring that option and focusing on only the other 4 could be a mistake. Sometimes, ‘None of the above’ may actually be the right answer. Here’s our SAT and ACT test study guide section on “none of the above” and “no change.”

The SAT & ACT Test Study Guide

Equal Consideration

One cardinal rule you should follow when taking the ACT or SAT is that all options should be given equal attention. Every option, including the ‘No Change’ or ‘None of the Above’ option has a chance of being right and as such, it must be given due consideration.

Tricky Test

The reason some students shy away from these answer options is the nature of the test itself. The ACT and SAT are designed to challenge you, to engage your critical thinking skills. So “no change” might feel like a red herring, a cop out. But…

When you come to a question that gives you a ‘No Change’ or ‘None of the Above’ option, answer it like you would any other question. Consider each of the options carefully and only circle the answer if you are absolutely sure that it is the right one. Double-check. If none of the options appears to be the right answer to the question, odds are the ‘No Change’ or ‘None of the Above’ option is the right one.

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