What is this?
The Correct-o-meter shows the percentage of questions you answered correctly for a Skill. Your responses in Diagnostics, Drills, and Practice Exams all update the meter.
There are two pieces in the Correct-o-meter, the outer dial shows your current scores, and the inner cog shows your score on the Diagnostics. You can hover over either piece to see a Tool-tip with your scores.
How do I use this?
Think of the Correct-o-meter as a snapshot of your progress through our review content—one that will update and change as you continue to study. In other words, the Correct-o-meter is not meant to predict how you’ll score on the actual test (unless you’re literally taking a practice exam on Shmoop right before the actual test, in which case you’ve elevated the term “crunch time” to a whole new level). Instead of thinking of the Correct-o-meter as a prediction of your performance, think of it as a guide to help you strategize and focus your preparation for test day.
What do the different colors and icons mean?
Shmoop Recommends (Magenta, purple, and blue because we’re fancy) Our most colorful Correct-o-meter indicates the skills where you have the best opportunities to learn. These are your top 20 skills that you scored under 95%. You’ve built a good base of knowledge and have answered questions correctly but haven’t fully mastered this skill yet. Working on these skills will help deepen your understanding of the subject as a whole. Learn more about Shmoop Recommends.
You've got it! (Blue) A blue meter means we’re confident you understand this particular skill and don’t need to spend a ton of time reviewing it. In fact, you’ve answered more than 95% of questions testing this skill correctly!
Review if you like (Gray) A gray Correct-o-meter indicates a lower score. You may have room for improvement, but your time would be better spent on the “Shmoop Recommends” marked skills first.
No score yet (Question Mark) If you see a question mark under the Correct-o-meter, it means you haven’t answered any questions testing that skill yet. Keep taking Diagnostics, Drills, and Practice Exams, and we’re sure you’ll see that beautiful Correct-o-meter score in no time.
No Questions (icon only, no meter) — If you don’t see the Correct-o-meter under a skill, don’t worry; your computer isn’t glitching, we just don’t have explicit skills measuring these items in our system. Spend some of your time in these areas, they are important even if we can’t measure them!