On exams with Multiple Answers to
a single question.
Standard exams are generated to have only a single correct answer to
each question. Standard mark-sense forms allow five choices for the
answer. For certain types of questions, it may be beneficial to
generate instead an exam in which multiple answers are allowed for each
question. An example would be a problem with five independent
statements given, with instructions to mark all the statements that are
true. The multiple-answer option allows 31 possible answers, assuming
all blanks is not a valid option.
The department maintains the capability to scan in multiple-answer
exams with the standard gread
software. The procedure is described in http://www.physics.rutgers.edu/computers/greadMK.html.
The department does not maintain standard grading software for these
As noted in item 5 of http://www.physics.rutgers.edu/computers/greadMK.html:
"(If your exam allows multiple answers to a question, type "m" instead
of "c")." This option allows scanning in of exams with multiple answers
to each question.
The only other difference in scanning in multiple-answer, as opposed to
single-answer, exams is what to do when there is a problem in the
scanning, such as a misfed paper, a doubly marked column,
or a missing exam code. In general in reaction to these problems gread
prints out an error message instructing you to enter "s" to stop, or to
prepare the scanner and enter "c" to continue, as discussed in items 6
and 7 of http://www.physics.rutgers.edu/computers/greadMK.html.
For multiple-answer exams, after entering multiple-answer mode by
typing "m", you must respond to the error condition by either typing
"s" to stop, or by preparing if needed the mark-sense reader and typing
The remaining difference between multiple- and single-answer modes is
the way the answers are encoded in the gread output file. For
single-answer mode, bubbles A - E are encoded as the numbers 1 - 5 (no
answer is encoded as a 0). For multiple answer mode, the numbers are
encoded as presented below.
A sample scantron sheet image shows all possible answers:
The gread output file for this sheet is:
MULTI 01 987654321888 8881248G359H6AICKO7BJDLPEMQSFNRTUV
The derived code table is (first going down, then across.) (x/-
indicate marked/open bubbles):
#marked 1 2 3 4 5
A : x---- xxxx------ xxxxxx---- xxxx- x
B : -x--- x---xxx--- xxx---xxx- xxx-x x
C : --x-- -x--x--xx- x--xx-xx-x xx-xx x
D : ---x- --x--x-x-x -x-x-xx-xx x-xxx x
E : ----x ---x--x-xx --x-xx-xxx -xxxx x
code: 1248G 359H6AICKO 7BJDLPEMQS FNRTU V
Created 11/30/2009 R. Gilman