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Optical Scanning

Remark Classic OMR Scanning Upgrade

Information Technology Services (ITS) is pleased to announce the recently completed upgrade to the Remark Classic OMR Optical Scanning Software. This upgrade provides three new reports for exam processing as well as some enhanced features, such as scoring Extra Credit Questions and the ability to score an exam using ½ point increments.

New Exam Reports

The following new reports are now available:

204 Condensed Item Analysis Report - The Condensed Item Analysis report provides answer choice frequency information on a question-by-question basis. It displays much of the same information from the Detailed Item Analysis report but in a condensed fashion.

520 Changed Answer by Item Report - The Changed Answer by Item Report displays how many questions were erased. This report shows all questions that were changed to Correct or Incorrect answers. A bar graph is also included that displays the Percent changed to correct information.

530 Changed Answer by Student Report - The Changed Answer by Student Report displays all of the students that took the exam where questions were erased. This report shows questions that were changed to Correct or Incorrect answers.

New Features

Extra Credit

On the new Test Request form, Instructors have the ability to designate extra point questions. Any points earned on extra credit questions are added to the total test score.
Instructors can designate whole or ½ points for extra credit (.5 point, 1.5 points, 2.5 points, 3.5 points, etc.). 

Reports that show Extra Credit:

  • 101     Student Statistics Report
  • 310     Test Statistics Report (formerly Report 104)
  • 150     Student Grade Report (formerly Report 301)
  • 320     Test Item Statistics Report (formerly Report 207)

1/2 Points

On the new Test Request form, Instructors have the ability to grade questions using ½ points.

  • For the Blue and Green Scantron sheets, Instructors can designate whole number points in the special codes area in Column P.
  • The Charcoal sheet has a designated area for whole points.

The revised test request form has an area to indicate the use of the ½ point for specific questions. Exam can be scored with .5, 1.5, 2.5 points, etc. If the entire exam is to be scored with ½ points, Instructors can designate that in the Authorized Special Procedures section located at the bottom of the Request Form.  If points are not designated, all exams are scored at 1 point per question.

Reports that show points:

  • 101     Student Statistics Report
  • 150     Student Grade Report (formerly Report 301)
  • 310     Test Statistics Report (formerly Report 104)
  • 320     Test Item Statistics Report (formerly Report 207)

Changes

Exam Report Numbers

Instructors will also notice some changes in Report numbers. Remark Classic software decided to use a new numbering scheme so many of the familiar reports are still available but with a new number.  Where possible we have used parenthesis around the old report numbers to aide in locating the old report numbers the instructors are used to seeing.

  • 101     Student Statistics
  • 103     Class Frequency Distribution
  • 310     Test Statistics (formerly report 104)
  • 105     Student Response
  • 206     Condensed Test (formerly report 106)
  • 201     Detailed Item Analysis
  • 203     Item Analysis Graph
  • 320     Test Item Statistics (formerly report 207)
  • 150     Student Grade (formerly report 301)
  • 204     Condensed Item Analysis NEW!
  • 520     Changed Answer Item NEW!
  • 530     Changed Answer by Student NEW!
     

Sakai Drop-Box Report Naming Conventions
Instructors may notice differences in the report naming conventions in their Sakai Drop-Box.  This change was required so that a batch reports feature could be used to ensure more efficient processing of exams.

Example:
Old format
900100 Test Example Weeks,K 101

New format
900100 Test Example Weeks,K 101 Student Statistics Report

 

Optical Scanning Request Forms
There are new and revised request forms available:

Please discard all old request forms

 

Optical Scanning

Optical scanning is a process used to scan and collect raw data from answer sheets or "bubble sheets". This data can be processed and analyzed through a variety of reports. ITS provides optical scanning for test scoring and for course evaluation. Answer sheets are available from your department.

ITS makes every effort to maintain the integrity of the optical scanning process and secure the data. Exam Reports and data files will be sent to the Instructor’s Sakai Drop Box and Course Evaluations will be sent to the appropriate department's administrative staff Sakai Drop Box. 

Instructors are responsible for securing test sheets prior to their arrival at ITS. Instructors are encouraged to drop off and pick up the data sheets themselves at the ITS Helpdesk, 104 Job Hall. All transactions are logged.

Normal Process

All tests and evaluations must be dropped off and picked up at the ITS Helpdesk. In order for optical scanning requests to be processed a request form must be completed. The normal turn-around time for test scoring is 24 hours.

Final Exam Week Process

During final exam week, special processes and procedures are in place in order to expedite test scoring requests. The normal turn-around time for test scoring during exam week is 24 hours.

Contact Information

All special requests or questions should be directed to Computer Operations during normal business hours, 7:30am - 8 pm, at 607-274-3406.