Test Scoring Pencil Roundup

Test Scoring Pencil Roundup

Test Scoring. Mark Sheet. Exam Grade. They all mean the same thing, but what do they mean? In the 1930s, IBM developed a scanning machine for standardized tests, however, the marks could only be read using a special graphite that was highly conductive. So IBM had pencils made, and the General Pencil Co. was the one who made them. The IBM pencils are no longer made, but the Test Scoring pencil lives on.

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IBM Electrographic vs Dixon Sense-a-Mark

IBM Electrographic vs Dixon Sense-a-Mark

Choosing a pencil to go up against the original IBM Electrographic was hard. There were a few factors at play; I'm not really a vintage pencil collector, so I didn't have much of the MANY options there were in this time period. It seems nearly every company had their version of a Test Scoring pencil.

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