Musgrave Test Scoring Pencil

Musgrave Test Scoring Pencil

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I thank the heavens that I rarely do not have to do a test via Scantron sheets anymore, but when I randomly selected the pencil for this week I had flashbacks to those dreadful sheets.  I was super excited to try out the Musgrave Test Scoring pencil since I really love how fierce the hexagonal barrel of the pencil is.  I am a big fan of hexagonal pencils and really hate when pencil manufacturers "round off" their pencils to give them a softer line.  But alas, this is just personal preference and while it did award the pencil some brownie points, it did not impact the review much.

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The imprint on the Musgrave is very utilitarian; the lacquer is a silvery gray, the imprint is a simple black stamping of the name of the pencil and where it was manufactured.  I do like that it has four square boxes with one colored in to further drive home the point that it is-- indeed-- a Test Scoring pencil.  The "100" is a nice touch as well, as it gives me something to strive for while test taking.  All kidding aside, this pencil is a clean and basic representation of what a .40 pencil should be.

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Sharpening the Musgrave Test Scoring pencil went smoothly (no pun intended, I swear!) and confirmed the fact that this is a very soft and dark pencil.  The electro-graphite is extra reflective so it is easily picked up by test-scanning machines and the extra softness helps you lay down smooth dark lines.  Besides test-taking, I could see this pencil being used for Sudoku puzzles or newspaper crossword puzzles since it is nice and dark.  Writing with the pencil all week was a chore for me because I had to sharpen it way more often than normal.  On about Thursday, I was not sure if the pencil would last the whole week, but I made it with room to spare.  The eraser on the pencil is very hard and dusty and while it does its job, I prefer to use a separate eraser.

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As with all of the pencils I review, I look at them with a heavy-writing perspective.  All of my reviews keep that sole fact in mind.  With that being said, my score for things is through the lens of a full-time student who does a lot of writing.  So the Musgrave Test Scoring pencil, while it is a decent pencil for what it is intended to do, did not work that well for me this week (that's not to say it isn't awesome for other applications!).  Overall 3/10

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