About SAT Exam
More information about Grid-ins
(student produced response)
No Penalty for Wrong Answers
No points will be subtracted for a wrong answer to this question-type, since there are no multiple-choice options.
Compared to Other Question-Types
Grid-ins are like regular math questions. They cover the same subject areas, and they range in difficulty from easy to hard.
Have a Calculator on Hand
If you use a calculator to solve the answer to a problem, check your work carefully.
How Do You Prepare?
Learn how to handle different scenarios and practice until you're familiar with the format.
Approaches to Student-Produced Responses
- Decide in which column you want to begin gridding your answers before the test starts. This strategy saves time. We recommend that you grid the first (left-hand) column of the grid or that you right-justify your answers.
- If the answer is zero, grid it in column 2, 3, or 4. Zero has been omitted from column 1 to encourage you to grid the most accurate values for rounded answers. For example, an answer of 1/8 could also be gridded as .125 but not as 0.12, which is less accurate.
- A fraction does not have to be reduced unless it will not fit the grid. For example, 15/25 will not fit. You can grid 3/5, 6/10, or 9/15. The decimal form, .6, can also be gridded.
- Do your best to be certain of your answer before you grid it. If you erase your answer, do so completely. Incomplete erasures may be picked up by the scoring machines as intended answers.
- Check your work if your answer does not fit on the grid. If you obtain a negative value, a value greater than 9999, or an irrational number, you have made an error.
- Make an educated guess if you don't know the answer. On student-produced response (grid-in) questions you don't lose points for wrong answers.
- Always enter your answer on the grid. Only answers entered on the grid are scored. Your handwritten answer at the top of the grid isn't scored. However, writing your answer at the top of the grid may help you avoid gridding errors.