Student-produced 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 student-produced responses requires filling in
a grid like the one shown below. Therefore, we refer to these questions
An example of a grid-in might be:
||If , what is one possible value of a?
The grid is fairly self-explanatory. If you work out an
item and the answer is 2, you write 2 in the space, 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 refer to an individual
grid-in as an item. A complete grid-in section, comprised
of items, is called a set.
There are three peculiar things about grid-ins:
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 multiple-choice 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.
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 grid-in. Why? Who
knows, and who cares for that matter? The fact is that all grid-ins
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.
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.