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, that is, more than one of (a)-(e) should be filled in.
An example would be a problem with five independent
statements given, with instructions to mark all the statements that are
true. This could also be used to select one answer from more than five
The multiple-answer option allows 31 possible answers, assuming
all blanks is not a valid option.
gread program has an alternate
capability to scan in multiple-answer exams, rather than the usual
mode which insists on only one choice being filled in. The general
procedure is described in “How to Read
Exam Answer Sheets”, but for multiple answer you must be sure to use
m instead of
c, both when you begin with the second sheet
and any time the machine stops for an adjustment and you are ready to continue.
The department does not maintain standard grading software for these exams.
Created 11/30/2009 R. Gilman, but extensively modified and shortened by Joel Shapiro. Ron's original is here