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Pencils Down allows teachers to create tests quickly and painlessly. Pencils Down takes care of formatting your test for you, saving you from the hassle of setting margins and tabs to get your test to look nice. Pencils Down also allows you to create the test and answer key simultaneously, saving you from having to go back and fill one out again later. With Pencils Down 4.0, you can post your tests to the Web so your students can take it on any computer, in any browser. Best of all, there's no configuration, and no need to involve your IT department.

What's New

Version 4.0.2: Fixed bug where printing more than one page would cause visual errors. Fixed bug where having double quotes (") in a test caused a 500 Internal Server Error when posted online.


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noxlady Member IconComment+0

I am also searching for an app to write math tests. I teach algebra, so I need to be able to enter equations (perhaps using latextit to generate little pdfs of the equations and then importing them into the app). Please consider integrating that ability. Until then, does anyone have any ideas on software to make up math tests?

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Version 3.0
FunkyFaulc Member IconReview+0

This is a great program that is well priced. There really isn't a reason for anyone not to register this program. I've tried a number of other programs that are designed to help create problems (for tests and/or studying) and this is by far the easiest to use. The export test only and export key only features are also great.

I realize that this program is really designed for preparing tests and worksheets, but I often like to keep my questions in a Flash card type program. That could be a nice option for future version, but I realize that this is not really the main funciton of the program.

Great program!

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Version 2.0.3
Anonymous Member IconReview

Very well designed. The notice at startup says that the shareware fee is only $1. My only problem with this program is that it isn't deisgned for math questions. I was hoping to generate math problems for second and third graders. If I only needed to do reading questions, this program would be flawless.

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Version 2.0
Geoff Pado (Developer)

Math problems? Simple things, like 2 + 2 = ? Pencils Down can handle these, just use a fill-in-the-blank. As for the startup box, oops. I guess that's about the only thing I -didn't- upgrade. Can you forgive me?

Anonymous Member IconReview

This will be PERFECT for studying for my finals! Just in time too! Thanks again for a wonderful app!

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Version 1.0
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Current Version (4.x)


Downloads 4,799
Version Downloads 1,368
License Shareware
Date 13 Sep 2007
Platform OS X / PPC 32 / Intel 32
Price $40.00