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Scantron

Test scoring software

IT makes available to UM instructors a Scantron grading machine with ParScore scoring software. This combination can be used to grade exams where answers are recorded on Scantron forms. Scantron forms are available at the UM Bookstore and the UC Market. Please note that the green NCS forms that are clearly marked Psychology will NOT work with the IT Scantron machine.

Steps to becoming a Scantron user:

  1. Fill out the online Scantron Roster Upload Request Form and submit it.
  2. Once submitted the Lab Manager will extract your roster from Banner, modify it for ParScore(Scantron Software) and will upload it into ParScore.
  3. You will recieve an email once the upload is complete letting you know that you can start using Scantron.  The upload will include the student ID number as well as the students name.
  4. Once you recieve the confirmation email call the Lab Monitors in LA 206 at extension 2736 to schedule a time to use the Scantron machine.  Many professors from all departments use this machine so you must reserve an open block of time when you want to come in and use the machine.
  5. Any questions about this process can be directed to the Lab Manager.  Bill Day 

Requesting a roster

In order to use the Scantron machine you must have your class roster uploaded by the IT Lab Manager.  By submitting the Scantron Roster Upload Request Form the manager will have the information needed to extract your roster from BANNER and load it into the Scantron software.  When this uploading process is complete you will receive an email confirming that the upload is done and ready to use.  You will also be given your username and password to sign into the Scantron software (ParScore).

Scantron Roster Upload Request Form

 

Once your roster is loaded and ready to use you can use it until the class is over for the semester or session.  You will need to submit a new roster upload request every time a new class starts that you want to use Scantron for grading tests.

Training

The form will ask you if you need training.  If you do the Lab Manager will provide you with times and dates that a trainer will be working in the Scantron office to help you.

Reserving

To schedule a time to use the Scantron machine please call the LA Lab Monitor’s desk at 243-2736 in LA 206.

During the majority of the year the Scantron machine may be scheduled for up to 1.5 hours at a time. Reservations will be cancelled at 15 minutes past the reserved time and the machine will be opened up for walk-in traffic.  

During Finals Week reservations must be limited to 1 hour blocks.  Reserve your time for Finals Week early.  Reservation blocks fill up early.

ParScore software

Please do not use ParScore, the Scantron software, as your gradebook. Scantron was not designed for that purpose and IT cannot be held responsible for lost grading information.

We perform nightly backups of the ParScore software but it is the instructors responsibility to keep track of their data. Though we do our best to keep the Scantron computer updated and working well this is a public machine and subject to unforeseen events caused by other users.

Once the grading key and answers have been scanned, a number of scoring reports are available including an Item Analysis. The class roster complete with scores can be extracted to an Excel file and copied to a disk. ParScore also allows you to modify the Answer Key, at any point in time, and rescore all exams with a click of a button.

A Scantron manual will be supplied in LA 239.  If you would like to review it ahead of time or print a copy for yourself please click the link below.

Scantron test grading manual


Contact information

If you have questions regarding the Scantron machine please contact:

Bill Day, IT Lab Manager - Presentation Technology Services

bill.day@umontana.edu
243-2187
Social Science 120

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