
StudentProduced Response
“Studentproduced response” is The College Board’s way
of saying, “Do it yourself, Bub.” Simply put, you, the student,
must supply the correct answer without choosing from a group of
answer choices. Answering studentproduced responses requires filling
in a grid like the one shown below. Therefore we will refer to these
questions as gridins:
An example of a gridin might be:

The grid is fairly selfexplanatory. If you work out an
item and the answer is 2, you write 2 in the space
and then fill in the “2” oval underneath. There are also decimal
points and fraction bars in case your answer is not a whole number.
We will refer to an individual gridin as an item.
A complete gridin section, comprised of items, is called a set.
There are three peculiar things about gridins:
 There may be more than one correct answer to each item. You’re probably stuck in the “only one correct choice” mindset brought on by excessive multiplechoice preparation. But don’t let this paralyze you: if you get more than one correct answer, pick one, grid it in, and move on to the next item.
 Answers can never be negative numbers. Although there is more than one possible answer, there is actually a limit to what you can grid in. There is no way to denote negative numbers on a gridin. Why? Who knows, and who cares for that matter? The fact is that all gridins must be positive (or zero, which is neither negative nor positive). So if you come up with more than one correct answer, be sure to choose one that is a positive number. If all your answers are negative, you have made a mistake in working out the item.
 Improper fractions must be simplified or converted to a decimal answer. Let’s say you come up with as the answer to an item. If you grid the answer in as , the computer that scans your answer sheet will read your answer as . To avoid getting this item wrong, convert the improper fraction into the plain old fraction or the decimal 1.5.
Key Formulas
Math sets on the SAT provide you with key geometric formulas
in a reference area that looks like this:
The reference area always appears at the beginning of
the set, below the instructions.
