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Test scanning: Frequently Asked Questions


Q: I heard the we have a new testing scanning solution here at Calvin. Can you tell me more about it?

A: Yes, that's correct. After many months of soliciting input and identifying/researching/testing potential solutions, CIT has selected and purchased the Remark Office OMR software from Gravic. This software is used by many colleges and universities. In fact, it's the same software that Calvin uses to process almost 20,000 evaluations each year. This solution not only provides a deeper set of functionality than the former Scantron-based solution, but it also saves money. For example, you no longer need to use specially-ordered/pre-printed forms; you can use the same everyday paper that you normally use at your department's Multi-Function Device (MFD).


Q: Does the T&L Digital Studio still offer the options of faculty dropping the tests off at the Studio as well as faculty grading their own exams?

A: Yes, those 2 methods are still available with the new Remark Office OMR Software from Gravic:

  1. The Do It Yourself (DIY) Method
    (for instant results)


  2. The Digital Studio-Based Method
    (for results within 72 hours)


Q: Which method should I use?

A: The answer depends upon your preferences, your time, and which criteria is most important to you:

  • For the quickest results/turn-around times --> Use the Do It Yourself (DIY) method, as you’re in control.
  • For easiest/most convenient method --> Drop the completed exams off in the Studio (HL121) or send the exams via InterCampus Mail (ICM) to Daniel Christian, CIT Department. If you choose this method, be sure to send us the Answer Key as your top sheet and which reports you want us to run for you.  There is no learning curve at all with this method.  The T&L Digital Studio will print out the requested reports and send them back to you or you can pick them up.

Choose whichever method most appeals to you. Or you could try one and then the other.


Q: What's the process if I want to run my own reports?

A: See the steps listed here.


Q: What reports can I run with the new Remark Office OMR Software from Gravic?

A: The following reports are available with the new software:

101 - Student Statistics Report
Displays statistical data related to the performance of each student.

102 - Comparative Grade Report
Displays statistical data related to the performance of each student broken down by selected criteria (i.e. demographics).

103 - Class Frequency Distribution Report
Illustrates the dispersion of students over the selected gradescale.

104 - Test Statistics Report
Displays statistics related to the overall test and each defined learning objective.

105 - Student Response Report
Displays a matrix of students and their responses.

106 - Condensed Test Report
Displays a condensed statistical analysis of each question on the test.

107 - Demographic Grade Report
Breaks down student performance data by the selected criteria (i.e. demographics).

201 - Detailed Item Analysis Report
Displays statistics related to each question response.

203 - Item Analysis Graph Report
Displays limited response totals and graphs for each question.

204 - Condensed Item Analysis Report
Displays a break-down of respondent selections for each item in a condensed format.

207 - Test Item Statistics Report
Displays statistical data related to each graded test question.

208 - Cross Tabulation Report
Cross tabulates selected questions by percent or total.

301 - Student Grade Report
Displays individual grade results for each student (resource intensive).

401 - Response Report by Item
Displays responses from regions, grouped by question.

402 - Response Report by Respondent
Displays responses from regions, grouped by respondent.



Update as of February 2014:
Calvin College is now using the Gravic Remark Office OMR software!

Benefits include:

  • The ability to print out the appropriate test sheets within your own department to normal, multipurpose paper (i.e. you no longer have to obtain those specialized, more expensive bubble sheets from CIT)
  • The ability to scan the completed exams using a MultiFunction Device (MFD) within your own department and either grade the exams yourself in the T&L Digital Studio (HL121) or you can forward the file over to the T&L Digital Studio for grading
  • Calvin realizes significant cost savings by no longer having to purchase specialized paper and from not having to purchase insurance for the Scantrons