Student-produced response questions are also known as grid-ins. That’s because instead of choosing a correct answer from a list of options, students are required to solve problems and enter their answers in the grids provided on the answer sheet.
Here are some hints for answering student-produced response questions.
- Since answer choices aren't given, an approved calculator may be helpful in avoiding careless mistakes.
- Write your answer in the boxes above the grid to avoid errors in gridding.
- Some questions may have more than one right answer. Grid only one answer.
- Keep in mind that there are no point deductions for wrong answers.
- Know the gridding rules before taking the test.
How to Grid In an Answer
Here are the gridding rules:
- Mark no more than one circle in any column.
- Only answers entered in the ovals in each grid area will be correct. Students do not receive credit for anything written in the boxes above the ovals.
- It doesn't matter in which column students begin entering their answers; as long as the correct answer is gridded, students will receive credit.
- The grid can hold only four places and can accommodate only positive numbers and zero.
- Unless a problem indicates otherwise, an answer can be entered on the grid as a decimal or a fraction.
- You don't have to reduce fractions like to their lowest terms.
- Convert all mixed numbers to improper fractions before gridding the answer.
- If the answer is a repeating decimal, you must grid the most accurate value the grid will accommodate.
Below is a sample of the instructions you will see on the test.