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Test Scoring HowTo

One service that Information Technology Services offers the faculty at LSUS is the scoring of exams given using the Exam System IITM forms. To take advantage of this service, just follow the four steps below:

Step 1: Administer the Test
Have the students purchase an Exam System IITM full-page answer sheet (FORM# 229633) from the LSUS Bookstore and administer the test using these instructions:

  • Use No. 2 pencil only.
  • Fill in the Identification # with the last eight (8) digits of the Student ID starting in column A. The last column can be left blank.
  • Make dark marks that completely fill the ovals.

    Please note that a unique Identification Number is required for all students. If this field is left blank, the scanner will not grade the test.

Step 2: Complete the Header Sheet (Click Here to see an Example)
The Test Header sheet (FORM# 229842) is required for all tests. The following items are required and must always be completed on the form:

  • Test Name
    Beginning in the leftmost column, write the name of the test on the top line in the write-in boxes. If more than one word, leave a space between words and fill in the blank oval. Fill in the corresponding ovals for the test name.
  • Test ID
    The Test ID must be 6 digits long and all columns must be filled in. If you do not wish to assign your own test ID number, just enter 000000 and fill in the corresponding ovals.
  • Subtests
    Enter 00 in this section and fill in the appropriate ovals below.
  • Formula Scoring
    Fill in the NO oval.
  • Printer
    Fill in the OFF oval.
  • Versions
    Fill in the NO oval.
  • Performance Assessment
    Fill in the NO oval.

    The other items on the right-hand side of the Test Header Sheet are not required for scoring, but can be used for identification purposes. Please enter at least the Instructor Name.

Step 3: Complete the Answer Key (Click Here to see an Example)
The Answer Key is the form that identifies all of the correct answers for the questions on the test. The form is the same form used by students for their answer sheets. The scanner differentiates between the Answer Key and other answer sheets using two fields on the sheet:

  • Last Name
    Enter either the instructor's last name or the word "Key" in this field.
  • Identification #
    Enter 01 in the first two columns (A and B). Then, enter the number of questions in the last three columns (H, I, and J). The number of questions must be three digits. For example, a 35-question test becomes 035. This field MUST be completed in order for the test to be graded.

    After completing these two sections, fill in the correct answers to the test questions. A correct answer can be indicated in the following ways:
  • One Response Marked
    This mark is the only correct answer. Any answer other than the one marked is considered incorrect, including no response.
  • All Responses Marked
    Any response marked for this question is acceptable and considered correct. No response marked is considered incorrect.
  • No Response Marked
    The question is ignored. The answer is not marked correct or incorrect, and is not used in calculating the student's score. Be sure not to include the question in the question count used in the Identification Number field.

Step 4: Prepare the Tests for Grading
In order for the scanner to correctly scan and score the test forms, the tests must be placed in this order: header, answer key, and student answer sheets. All sheets must be face up with all of the black tic ID marks facing the same direction. Bind the test together, or place it in a campus mailer, and bring the test to Information Technology Services, Room 159. The test will normally be ready to pick up based on the following schedule:


Dropped OffReady For Pick Up
before 12:00pm 4:00 pm the same day
after 12:00pm 9:00 am the next business day


The tests will be returned to the instructor along with six printed reports:

  1. Individual Test Results - lists raw scores, percentages, and percentile for each individual taking the test.
  2. Individual Item Response Report - lists the answer key at the top of the page followed by the responses the student made to every test question. One sheet per student will be generated (to be handed back to the student) unless the test is a final exam.
  3. Item Analysis Report - provides an analysis of how the test population answered each test question. It displays the responses to each test question, the number of responses in the upper and lower quarters and total population, and the total percentages of responses for each answer. The Discrimination Index and Difficulty Factor for each response are listed as well as the Kuder Richardson 20 and Kuder Richardson 21 values for the entire test.
  4. Relative Frequency Distribution Report - provides a graphic representation of the percentage of the total test population that achieved each score. The report lists each test score, how many respondents achieved that score (frequency), the local percentile for each score, and a graph showing a set of asterisks each representing 2% of the test group.
  5. Absolute Frequency Distribution Report - provides a graphic representation of the number of respondents that achieved each score. The report lists each test score, how many respondents achieved that score (frequency), the local percentile for each score, and a graph showing a set of asterisks each representing one respondent.
  6. Test Score Distribution Report - provides a comparison of raw scores and percentages against standard Z-Scores, T-Scores, and stanines.

  7. If you have any questions about the test procedures listed above, please call Information Technology Services at extension 5221.