Musgrave Test Scoring 100 Wooden Pencil Review

Musgrave Test Scoring 100 review

The Musgrave Test Scoring 100 is a budget wooden pencil in a distinctive silver finish. It’s designed for filling in those little boxes you get in multiple choice tests, with extra-reflective graphite meant to be picked up more reliably by scanners.

Price: $0.70
Lead grade options: just this – feels like 2B or so
Barrel colours: silver
Barrel shape: hexagonal
Eraser?: yes

The pencil is finished very simply with a thin layer of silver paint. The grain of the wood and the join between the two halves of the barrel are clearly visible. There’s printing on just one side, clearly demonstrating the pencil’s purpose in life. It’s always a bonus to get a pencil without a barcode.

Musgrave Test Scoring 100 branding

The lead is soft and dark and quite smooth. The barrel is cedar and the pencil sharpens easily. This is a good thing as you’ll be sharpening this pencil frequently: it does not keep a point for long.

Musgrave Test Scoring 100 sharpening

The eraser is quite hard, quite crumbly and not quite useless. It does erase the line, but barely.

Musgrave Test Scoring 100 eraser

This isn’t the best pencil for writing with but then it’s not meant to be. Where it comes into its own, though, is for sketching. It really is a lot of fun drawing and shading with the Test Scoring 100. So much so, this is, surprisingly (to me, at least), likely to be replaced as soon as it’s worn down.


Good value
A lot of fun to draw with


You’ll be doing a lot of sharpening
Mediocre eraser

Musgrave Test Scoring 100 handwritten review


  1. Ooh, I really enjoyed this post. I find it a bit too soft for writing too but I love the ‘Americana’ of it (I can imagine Steve Earl jotting lyrics with one!).

  2. I’d imagine that a soft-ish, quickly blunted point is probably an advantage – a rounded point filling in the little circles more quickly than a sharp conical point 🙂

    Sounds like a nice drawing pencil though!

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