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Why Do I Have to Use a Number 2 Pencil?

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Why do exams always tell you to use a number 2 pencil? What happens if you don’t? Quick Questions explains! Hosted by: Michael Aranda ---------- Messages from our Subbable subscribers: “Man, I was really holding out for that lab coat!” - Erik Avalos “Flabbergasted lemmings elegantly circumnavigate unanticipated pandemoniums utilizing transparent aluminium hovercraft.” - Eric Svensson “I thank God for your work, SciShow team!” - Jay J. Atherton “Piret you are awesome and truly good friend” - Stiina Sild “Practice. Don't wait until you are good at something to do it.” - Mike Chaput “Thank you, Kim for my beautiful babies! Go Science!” - Jonathon Dunn “Proud to support SciShow. You should too!” - Sharon Vaughn “Rainy days a perfect!” - Viktorija Zuran “Love you Scott. In our hearts forever ❤ UMW Theatre” - Sam Wilhelm “Don't Forget to Be Awesome.” - Elise Logan ---------- Dooblydoo thanks go to the following Patreon supporters -- we couldn't make SciShow without them! Shout out to Justin Lentz, John Szymakowski, Ruben Galvao, and Peso255. ---------- Like SciShow? Want to help support us, and also get things to put on your walls, cover your torso and hold your liquids? Check out our awesome products over at DFTBA Records: http://dftba.com/scishow Or help support us by becoming our patron on Patreon: https://www.patreon.com/scishow ---------- Looking for SciShow elsewhere on the internet? Facebook: http://www.facebook.com/scishow Twitter: http://www.twitter.com/scishow Tumblr: http://scishow.tumblr.com Instagram: http://instagram.com/thescishow Sources: http://www-03.ibm.com/ibm/history/ibm100/us/en/icons/testscore/ http://www.todayifoundout.com/index.php/2010/10/why-you-used-to-have-to-use-2-pencils-with-scantron-forms/ http://mentalfloss.com/article/24832/what-makes-2-pencils-so-special http://pencils.com/what-is-a-no-2-pencil/ http://www.howeverythingworks.org/page1.php?QNum=1529
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Jayskph 25 (1 месяц назад)
Uhhh... I used a led pencil (mechanical pencil) for filling in my scantron
Raiyan Reza (1 месяц назад)
We're not even allowed to use pencils. We use pens.
Clayton Benignus (2 месяца назад)
I used a #1 Pencil once. Very messy!!! I didn't use it again.
Prince trickier (2 месяца назад)
I am giving SAT Subject Test so I wanted to ask that is it important to give SAT exam too or not?
Itz Madi (3 месяца назад)
My brother and I made a bet of 150$ if u have to use #2 pencils and so I’m doing research!!
Respiir (3 месяца назад)
After about 3rd grade I never used a number 2 pencil and now I’m in college...still haven’t.
palitsa (3 месяца назад)
ARGH!!! I used to think No.2 pencil = 2B pencil!
Muhammad Alfarizi (3 месяца назад)
In indonesia we use 2B pencils for exams
James Rogers (3 месяца назад)
i was told not to erase my marks but to instead to make and X on it and make the correct mark idk why though
dank sunday (4 месяца назад)
I have actually never seen other kinds of pencils. I know they exist, but I only ever see number 2
tahoomas manica (4 месяца назад)
i remember one time my teacher said: "okay class take out your number 3 pencil" me:"WHAT THE HELL IS A NUMBER "3" PENCIL???"
Saim Sachin (5 месяцев назад)
But actually teachers check them by hand 😒, not by machines ख
Jan Řehák (6 месяцев назад)
2:03 I will take my Chem and Phys SAT's with number 3 pencils in two days. I am SO testing that hypothesis.
Somatikes - (6 месяцев назад)
I take tests with a 10HB
PrestonPlayzRoblox 117 (6 месяцев назад)
🅱️
Eliot _ (6 месяцев назад)
I just discovered there was a "imperial system"-like thing for pencils, just to make things simpler. Cool. Now stop using this.
Cloudy Edgar Plays (6 месяцев назад)
Well hey my school district is using computers know so, CYA #2 PENCIL.
Matt Lambert (7 месяцев назад)
The real reason is that Scangrade The Magnificent, a test grading/world domination device, uses lead from the number 2 pencil as it's energy source and after 50 years of testing his power will finally be great enough to take over the world.
Shruggz Da Str8-Faced Clown (7 месяцев назад)
Yes, I took selected art classes in high school and majored in Fine Arts and Visual Communications in college; so, I'm quite familiar with the different "H", "B" and "HB" grades of drawing pencils. Charcoal and pastel crayons have similar gradings for the relative darkness when applied to a given surface or how course or fine its grain is in reference to the former or how saturated or diffused the color is for the latter.
golden10 (7 месяцев назад)
Do we have 🅱️ pencils?
Khan tulu (8 месяцев назад)
2 lol
NuckChorris12345 (8 месяцев назад)
Finally, asking the real questions.
HX Malcolm (8 месяцев назад)
We in the commonwealth use the 2B pencil
Skystrike70 (8 месяцев назад)
Wait so why can't we use a pen then
Najmah Chant (8 месяцев назад)
hahah nope my school's machines failed every student in school and we all used 2b pencils but the machines were really trashy at detecting the marks and the highest score anyone got was 54. teachers had to remark every single student's answers for all the subjects but those low scores were still kept in our reports.
SpaceCatCan't (9 месяцев назад)
yEaH wHaT aBoUt My ChArCoAl Or 6B pEnCiLs D:< (As an artist i always bring the wrong pencil ;-;")
fitrian hidayat (9 месяцев назад)
Hold up, in my country we use 2b. I thought it was equivalent to your number 2, but it isn't?
Goldenfire Fox (9 месяцев назад)
Now I know all about these pencils
Bluegreen Is my god (9 месяцев назад)
I have a #3 pencil
AdaliaNL (9 месяцев назад)
Thanks
Melia (9 месяцев назад)
I use a number 666 pencil
mohammad sit (9 месяцев назад)
why do they tells us that it is safer to fill bubbles with blue ink?
lil big mac (10 месяцев назад)
What about a number 1 pencil
Silver Low (10 месяцев назад)
For some reason the one in Malaysia we are supposed to use 2B Pencils..
Laboratory (10 месяцев назад)
I still have a # 3 pencil
310 IQ (11 месяцев назад)
I'm that one kid that circles the answers and then realizing what I've done when the instructor tells us that we can keep the questions but the other sheet had to be handed in.
Evergreen (11 месяцев назад)
We use 2B
Eunice Rodrigues (11 месяцев назад)
The poop signal pencil
中原マリ (11 месяцев назад)
If you used a number one, then you're score sheet would get wet.
IslandPC (11 месяцев назад)
In the UK we have to use pen...
Animal Pack (11 месяцев назад)
I'm going to take my AP exams with a #4 pencil in May wish me luck y'all
A' Le (11 месяцев назад)
My teachers always explained this... however I dnt live in the US
Chinemere Uche (11 месяцев назад)
who are you
Blue Knight (11 месяцев назад)
In Portugal, we use Pen
Ayser Hasim 2 (11 месяцев назад)
Do i have to bring toilet paper with that number 2
John Rey (11 месяцев назад)
2017?! Anyone
Vicky Le (11 месяцев назад)
In the 8th grade everyone was taking a state standardized test and the guy behind me bubbled everything in pen and then ripped his answer document in half. I was horrified.
Alex Rotaru (11 месяцев назад)
Dude: "Bring a couple of number 2's to your test" Me: well that won't be so hard
TheKaratePro (11 месяцев назад)
Because number 1 will make the paper soggy.
Salvy Gonzy (11 месяцев назад)
I hack the scantrone checker its not really electrical its surface censor try to shade all circle with the tip of the ballpen cover then pick a answer using a pencil the machine will register your answer is correct
YGhappyvirus (11 месяцев назад)
I used 3B lol
Caiden Wichert (1 год назад)
The funny part it they kinda explained this at my school
Raihan Islam (1 год назад)
In the uk, we have soooooo many different types on hand XD
Royce551 (1 месяц назад)
Raihan Islam I’ve barely seen any kind of pencil other than a #2 (HB?) in my life!
Jessicaisrealawesome (1 год назад)
We actually use 2B pencils in Australia for exams. Not HB (number 2 as you Americans call it). 2B pencils are softer and hence darker. Pretty sure other countries use 2B pencils too.
Anthony Theodore Trillo (1 год назад)
I used a no.1 pencil in my college entrance exam
Mega Spin (1 год назад)
SAT tomorrow -_-
Rafael Garcia (1 год назад)
What happens if you bubble in all of the answer choices in a scranton?
neko_r ising (1 год назад)
We Malaysian were ordered to use 2B. I think it is your number 4.
Kim Heechul (1 год назад)
my teacher even circled the answer with marker and it still worked. just how amazing it is
rondom mick say (1 год назад)
I took my test with a 69 pencil
J TheOnlyOne (1 год назад)
I asked this to my teachers way b4 this video, got the same answer.
Daniel Voronenko (1 год назад)
They still don’t allow mechanical pencils
Daniel Voronenko (1 год назад)
What if you use a mechanical pencil
Ruzaini Badrul Zaman (1 год назад)
2B and BB pencils are the recommended type of pencil in my country for answering objective questions.
Zee Captain (1 год назад)
Hey Vsauce! Michael here
Ate AiBarra (1 год назад)
I used 2B 😂😂😂😂😂😂
I don’t know What I’m doing. (1 год назад)
If we take tests with a number 1 pencil we’ll get all the answers correct.
Practical Dragon (1 год назад)
The only thing my pencil says on it is "china"
SkyOfIce (1 год назад)
Ree
Zoe L (1 год назад)
Ive never seen hb h, 2h, etc pencils reffered to as #1, 2, 3 etc in the US
TYler_ SChecter (1 год назад)
Does anyone else use scantrons in school? I hate them! They are SO annoying!
Dead Inside (1 год назад)
What if I want to use a 9B pencil and a kneaded eraser? Why can't I do that? It's darker than a No. 2 pencil, and since I'm the only one at my school with enough sense to wear a pair of Artist gloves when I draw or write, no one can do the sameas me(smudgy lines. Very smudgy lines)
Punky Nene (1 год назад)
I took all my finals with a pen... it’s the same :l
Latonya Johnson (1 год назад)
They always say that but I use mechanical pencils
Potato Chips Bleach Flavored (1 год назад)
Because number 1 is reserved for me.
Antti Hernesniemi (1 год назад)
I have never done an multiple choice test or a test that is automatically checked for the right answers.
Nova Calisthenics (1 год назад)
In my country we use 2B pencil So what is the number of the pencil?
Abel Boni Bangari (1 год назад)
It's also the case for Cambridge Exams
Cameron Meetze (1 год назад)
I thought this was obvious
SwiftlyMusic GT (1 год назад)
2b pencil
Junaed Islam (1 год назад)
Wait I thought everyone uses pen for this. Wtf At least in our country. The video is I guess totally irrelevant for us.
Lone Wanderer (1 год назад)
Theres no test in the wastland come here
pusheenx (1 год назад)
Not HB. 2B
Ok Danks (1 год назад)
Scantrons...
Lin Quan (1 год назад)
I only know about other types of pencils because during art class when my teacher taught us and never said anything about it after that year
Knäckebrot (1 год назад)
Why does the US want to be different and use almost everywhere another unit?!
Yiğit Alp Alakoç (1 год назад)
2B pencils are easier to use when filling optical forms
undefinedVoid (1 год назад)
So, a shitty pencil?
{cookiemonster} Stu:Dio (1 год назад)
I hate the #2 pencils thru give us They get those cheap crappy Dixon #2 pencils They don't get us like Ticonderoga pencil Those are good
Gierom guy_does_nothing_productive (1 год назад)
I knew using my 0.7 mech. Pencil was ok! But the teachee just had to be a rude backside
Xinli Dai (1 год назад)
Sadly I cannot take my next test with a number 2 pencil because of the amazing inventions called the computer and the internet.
Peachinne (1 год назад)
SciShow. Answering the important questions in life.
Brian Aylor (1 год назад)
I am going to test this on a test
Im an artist
Avoxion (1 год назад)
hmm I wonder what will happen if I bring an H12 pencil to such a machine
Friedrich Nietzsche (1 год назад)
Even types of penciles have to be named differently in the US and differently in the rest of the world. Are you doing this deliberately?
Raccoon Chipmunk (1 год назад)
Cause first is the worst, second is the best, the third one breaks all the time
Glurp Bot (1 год назад)
Pssshhh.. Once when I was in 7th grade we had to take a stupid muscle test in gym, I didn't have a number 2 pencil so I used my mechanical pencil, it still worked. So suck it teachers who freak out if you're using a mechanical pencil!
potato (1 год назад)
I live in europe and i don't get that circle-marking-exam thing.We just get questions and write the answer in the blank area. PS.sry. for bad engl.
AimanNurAdlina (1 год назад)
It's 2B in Malaysia

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