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Student-Produced Response

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 3 over 24 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.

Example of student-produced grid-ins

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