Friday, December 28, 2007

208. No. 2 Penskull

Arranged No. 2 Pencils. "Be sure to fill in the bubbles completely." Is that still part of standardized testing in the US? How about outside of the US?

15 comments:

Larry Pearson said...

Great title

glench said...

To answer the question: yes -_-

Kevin said...

Yeah, we are still too stupid to understand that the bubble must be filled completely. At least that's what the school district seems to think.

Anthony said...

I never had to fill in a bubble with a pencil (in Belgium). As a matter of fact, I have only had just a few multiple choice tests in my whole student life (probably less than 10). Btw, we are not allowed use pencils on our tests, because it can be erased and changed afterwards. So it's quite different.

Tatman said...

Looks like something out of a teacher's nightmare. Yet another unsuspecting medium in your collection. Nice!

amie crosswhite said...

...and make your marks dark.

The Lone Beader said...

I agree with Tatman! Nightmare indeed! :D

Debra Kay said...

I remember wooden pencils...

C-.A.T said...

Hey teach-

What about part 2 of this an actual scantron sheet with a skull pattern on it.

Anonymous said...

yes you have to the teachers say it then its writen in the book, it drives me crazy

Alexander said...

Been out of school for a while, but the new scantron sheets we had were super-sensitive.

We got a new one because the old one had a bug in the code in the machine that if you made a tiny mark in the middle of each bubble then you would get a perfect score every time.

Seems that the old code checked for if you had the right answer first, which you had because you had the bubble filled in for each one, and then it would mark that one correct and move on.

Leah said...

You can use them to make a scan-tron skull!

Patti said...

A friend just took his GRE and it was all on computer - instant test scores, too. No more pencils and bubbles. I was always TERRIBLE at staying within the bubble.

Jessica at Bwlchyrhyd said...

Here in the UK they're not called #2 pencils -- they're HB, whatever that means...

Kim said...

Ooh, we have those in Australia too, but I haven't seen them since high school. I've never heard them called bubbles.

Thanks for the answer checking code anecdote, Anthony, I will use it when teaching my students the importance of thorough testing!