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    If you are doing an exam such as a science exam, and there is a question that you do not know the answer to, will you lose marks if you write down several guesses? So you write down any possible thing you can think of that is related to the question. Basically, will you lose marks for writing more than one possible answer? As I've been told by friends that they will either discredit your answer completely or only mark the first thing you put down. Is this true?

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    Hi! It depends on the question, like if it says give one reason/ advantage/ disadvantage they only want one point, so write the guess you feel more confident with, if you are unsure of what to answer.
    But for questions like explain this, explain this process, describe how etc,and you are unsure, try and write what you remember, and try and link your points together. Also use the marks for each question as a guide, so if its a 2 marks one, they are looking for 2 main things. Also I recommend looking at marks schemes for more guidance, and also ask a teacher for more advice.
    Good luck with your exams!

    I know that the rule for examiners is to mark the first answer if multiple options are given, although it depends upon the type of question- if it's more of an extended question it's more likely to be marked as a whole.

    If you just start writing nonsense then they're likely to do as you say, either ignore the answer or only mark the first thing you write. I don't believe any exam boards employ negative marking for actively putting incorrect answers though.

    Ultimately I'd just try to know what you are doing and give the best answer you are able to.


    If it's a question with a specific answer they wanted, then they won't take more than one guess.

    However, long questions that ask about a more general point, you wouldn't lose marks for writing something that wasn't in the markscheme (unless it was objectively wrong in which case you may get downmarked for it).
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