How to Correctly Fill Out a Scantron Form


Scantron forms are routinely used in standardized testing across the country. Many students worry about getting their Scantron form scored correctly, but properly filling out the form eliminates grading errors. While there is no way to cheat the system to get a perfect score when using a Scantron form, there is a way to guarantee that your answers are graded correctly with a little careful planning.

Things You'll Need

  • Two #2 pencils
  • An extra eraser
  • Study the subject matter of the test thoroughly. In order to perform well on a test using a Scantron form, you must know the correct answer before filling out the form.

  • Enter your class information and name by coloring in the corresponding numbered/lettered bubbles completely before beginning the test. The bubble should be completely filled in without going outside the lines and as darkly as possible.

  • Answer problems on paper before filling out the Scantron form. Doing this allows you to work through the problem and check your answer before ever filling out the form.

  • Select the multiple choice letter that corresponds to the correct answer on the Scantron form and color in the bubble completely. Double-check that you are filling in each bubble for the problem it corresponds to. Do not accidentally color in the wrong bubble. If you do, you must erase as much of the pencil's marking as you can, but it is best practice to not erase at all.

  • Check your work to make sure you have an answer for each problem and that the answer is correct. Take as much time as you need or use all of the allotted time for the test to check your answers.

Tips & Warnings

  • Contrary to popular rumor, spreading lip balm along the edge of your Scantron form does not guarantee a perfect score. Any attempts at academic dishonesty and fraud may cause you to fail the test, the course, or receive a punitive action administered by your teacher and/or school's officials.

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