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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Stabilo Exam Grade vs Pelikan Exam Standard

Stabilo Exam Grade vs Pelikan Exam Standard

I could find no definitive answer if these were produced in Germany or not. My suspicion is not. But these are German brands, so we're calling it for Germany. Something like the Staedtler Rally also says "perfect for tests" on their packaging, but these are "Exam Grade" pencils. In fact, the Stabilo has a whole line under their Exam Grade name, a sharpener, eraser, and ballpoint pen. If I were being super fair here, I'd review the Stabilo Exam Grade 2B against the Pelikan Exam Standard 2B instead of the HB, but it's what I had.

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