Test Scoring Services uses National Computer Systems (NCS) optical scanning equipment and the general forms are available at the Auburn University Bookstore in Haley Center.
Test drop off is available on the Foy Concourse at the Biggio Center/Testing Services entrance (Foy Suite 116) and at the OIT Building (300 Lem Morrison Dr.).
For 24 hour turnaround time, tests (scantrons) may be dropped off at the Biggio Center, Monday through Friday, 8:00 a.m. - 3:00 p.m. Scored tests will be available for pick-up at the Biggio Center the next business day. Tests dropped off on Friday will not be available for pick-up until the following Monday. All tests not picked up from the Biggio Center within 2 business days will be available for pick-up at the OIT Building, 300 Lem Morrison Drive.
For immediate turnaround, tests may be dropped off at the OIT building front desk, located at 300 Lem Morrison Drive from 7:45 a.m. until 4:45 p.m. Monday thru Friday. Scored tests will be available for pick-up as soon as they can be scanned - usually in 10 to 15 minutes, depending on how busy things are.
Scan sheets received through Campus Mail will not be processed. Scan sheets should be placed in an envelope labeled with the name, telephone number and email address of the person to contact for pick-up.
Examination scan sheets and computer printouts will be returned only to the instructor listed on the answer key as having given the examination or to their authorized representative. An instructor may designate a student or fellow faculty member as an authorized representative by lending them the instructor's ID card.
In addition to the printed output, instructors may obtain a copy of the raw scanned data and the simplified output on CD or via email. Instructors who want the files on CD should include a blank writeable CD-R in the envelope with the scan sheets.
All scan sheets must be marked with a #2 Pencil only.
All response positions must be fully marked. Do not mark outside the designated area of any response position. All stray marks must be completely erased. Incomplete erasures may be read as incorrect answers and/or cause the test not to be scored.
Scan sheets must not be stapled, folded or mutilated.
All scan sheets must face in the same direction--make sure that the notched edge is at the top right. Place the answer key(s) on top.
The student should print his/her name in the Name boxes with the last name first and mark the corresponding bubbles. The student should then print his/her Banner number in the Identification boxes and mark the corresponding bubbles. The Banner number is a nine digit identifying number that begins with 902. This field should not be left blank. The only restriction is that 9999 in the first four boxes (A-D) of the Identification field is reserved to indicate an answer key for the test.
If more than one test version is given, the student must print the correct test version number in box J and mark the corresponding bubble or the test will NOT score. If only one test version is given, then box J can be left blank. The student should then mark the bubbles corresponding to his/her responses to the test questions. Any question left blank within the range of test questions will be scored as an incorrect response.
Multiple marks, including incomplete erasures, may result in an inaccurate scoring of the test. Because the scanner reads the back of the answer sheet through the paper, on tests with more than 100 questions, stray marks on the front of the sheet can result in inaccurate scoring of questions on the back of the sheet.
Any number of test questions up to a maximum of 200 can be used on the test.
The AUSCAN scoring program can accommodate a maximum of nine test versions. All versions of the test must have the same number of questions. At least one answer key must be completed for each test version. Test versions must be numbered consecutively starting with version 1. Any test version that is not actually used will still need a answer key (but all answers can be left blank).
Each test question can have up to five correct answers. Additional answer keys must be completed when test questions have more than one correct answer.
The number of answer keys required will be the number of versions times the maximum number of correct answers.
For each version of the test, the answer keys must be ordered as follows:
For example, if a test has three versions and some questions have two correct answers, six answer keys must be supplied in the following order:
Version 1, Main Key
Version 1, Second Key
Version 2, Main Key
Version 2, Second Key
Version 3, Main Key
Version 3, Second Key
All required information must be marked for the first answer key in a set of answer keys. Only the first 4 digits of the Identification field, the Test Version field and the appropriate question answer fields need to be marked for subsequent answer keys.
Specific instructions for marking answer keys follow:
|1.||NAME||Print the instructor's name in the boxes provided and mark the corresponding bubbles. The instructor's name will appear on all computer printouts.|
|2.||DEPT, COURSE and SECTION||Print the department id, course number and section id in the boxes provided and mark the corresponding bubbles.|
|3.||TIME||Mark the bubble corresponding to the nearest time of day when the test was administered.|
|Boxes ABCD||Print "9" in each of the four boxes and mark the corresponding bubbles to identify the scan sheet as an answer key. This is REQUIRED on all answer keys.|
|Box E||Output option #1- Print "1" in the box and mark the corresponding bubble to request student summary tear-off sheets (see the Test Analysis Options section for more details). Leave the box blank if this option is not desired. This option will not be available during Final Exam processing. Effective Fall Semester 2000, all tests will be run as final exams without student tear-off sheets unless the instructor specifically requests them in writing on the delivery envelope.|
|Box F||Output option #2 - Print "1" in the box and mark the corresponding bubble to request instructor summary output. Leave the box blank if this option is not desired.|
|Box G||Output option #3 - Print "1" in the box and mark the corresponding bubble to request question analysis output. Leave the box blank if this option is not desired.|
|Box H||Output option #4 - Print "1" in the box and mark the corresponding bubble to request test statistics output. Leave the box blank if this option is not desired.|
|Box I||Output option #5 - Print "1" in the box and mark the corresponding bubble to request question statistics output. Leave the box blank if this option is not desired.|
|Box J||Print the test version number in this box and mark the corresponding bubble. This correlates with box V (Number of Versions) and is REQUIRED on all answer keys.|
|Boxes KLM||Print the number of questions in the three boxes and mark the corresponding bubbles. This is REQUIRED on the first answer key.|
|Box N-S||Print the test date here - boxes N and O are for the month, boxes P and Q are for the day, and boxes R and S are for the year. Mark the corresponding bubbles.|
|Box T||Print the maximum number of correct answers for any test question in the box and mark the corresponding bubble. If more than "1" is marked, additional keys will be needed.|
|Box U||Output sort order - Print "0" in the box and mark the corresponding bubble to sort into alphabetical order by student name. Print "1" in the box and mark the corresponding bubble to sort by student identifying number. Print "2" in the box and mark the corresponding bubble for alphabetical order on the Instructor Summary, but leave the student summary tear-off sheets in the same order as the scan sheets were processed. Print "3" in the box and mark the corresponding bubble to sort first by section number and then alphabetically by student name. Option 3 is useful when the tests for multiple class sections are processed together. If the box and bubble are left blank, the output will be printed in the same order as the scan sheets were processed.|
|Box V||Print the total number of test versions in the box and mark the corresponding bubble. This is REQUIRED on the first answer key.|
|Boxes WX||The AUSCAN program can delete test questions from scoring based on an instructor-supplied value for the maximum allowable percentage of students who respond INCORRECTLY to the question. To use this feature, print the desired percentage in boxes W and X, and mark the corresponding bubbles. For example, to drop a question that more than 3 out of 4 students miss, code 75 for this option. Test scores will be based only on the non-deleted questions and deleted questions will be identified on all output.|
|6.||QUESTIONS||Mark the bubble corresponding to the correct answer for each question.|
The AUSCAN program can provide the following information:
Only the first eight items are included in the basic Instructor Summary file which can be made available on CD or through email.
Test Scoring email output includes four attachments for each test (where xxxxxxx is the unique identifier for the test):
xxxxxxxS.txt - basic instructor summary in standard text format
xxxxxxxS.xls - basic instructor summary in Excel format
xxxxxxxL.txt - full instructor summary in standard text format
xxxxxxxQ.txt - question and test statistics in standard text format
Effective Spring Semester 2013, an instructor may request an additional output file that can be used to import grades into Canvas (a video of instructions for using this file are available at https://community.canvaslms.com/docs/DOC-2850 ). This file will only be provided if there is a written request for the CANVAS FILE on the delivery envelope. All students must enter their Banner ID in the Identification field. If this field is blank or incorrect, the CANVAS FILE cannot be created.
Email users should click on an attached text file to bring the file up in a Notepad window. (If your system automatically brings up .txt files in your word processor you will need to make sure that it uses a mono-spaced font, such as Courier, to properly display the columns.) Clicking on the Excel attachment should start Excel and bring up a spreadsheet with the summary information for the test.
Pine users should see the files displayed as part of the mail message. The files can be saved for downloading by using the View attachment command.