[LON-CAPA-users] uploading scores onto LON-CAPA from anonymous scantron forms

H. K. Ng lon-capa-users@mail.lon-capa.org
Wed, 15 Sep 2004 15:00:16 -0400

We just started using randomized exams at FSU and it has gone very well. So 
here is what you need to do:

1. In the /home/httpd/lonTabs directory is a file called 
scantronformat.tab. The default contains the msu scoring format. What you 
need to find out is the format from your scoring office is produced OR if 
they produce it in the format you need. Then edit scantronformat.tab to 
match the scoring office file.

Our format file looks like below and the description line explains what 
goes in there. (I removed all the other lines.) All the numbers refer to 
the columns for a record.

fsucode:FSU Randomized Exam Form:-1:47:6:54:9:80:10: :1:1:5:45:1:30:14

Example of one line from the scoring office. Each line is one student record.
00001                        SMITH          J GEECBI 
555551234                      1       1
           1      1

Restart httpd once you made the changes.

2. Once you got the file from your scoring office, do the following:
a. View any of the problems for the exam.
b. Click on PGRD, then GRADE scantron file
c. Upload your file under the table with heading "Specify a Scantron data 
file to upload".
d. If upload is successful, it will say so and provide a link back to the 
Grading Menu page.
e. Click on GRADE scantron again.

3. Now you basically want to select the options in the first table.
a. Sequence to grade - the exam/quiz you are grading.
b. Scoring office file - the name of the file you uploaded in (2)
c. Format - what you edit in (1)
d. Save code - use that same code when you produce the randomized exam.
e. The last two options should match what you intend to do.
f. Click on Validate Scantron Records.

4. Follow the instructions on the screen. It is pretty nice - like if a 
student did not bubble the code in correctly by a letter the system 
suggests what it should be. So far the system is right on - but check first.

Hope the above is enough to get you going. I assume you already know how to 
produce randomized exams.


At 02:26 PM 9/15/2004, you wrote:
>We are trying to start setting up exams using problems coded in LON-CAPA.
>We are doing a test run and we can't quite figure out how to upload the
>scores from the scantrons once the tests have been completed.  I looked in
>the Course Coordinator Manual and some other places, but can't find any
>I particular, I don't know what to put in for the "scoring office file",
>or "Format of data file".  The current choices for the latter look like
>they are all MSU templates, but I don't know what they entail
>Also, we don't know what the format of the data file should be, once we've
>picked "the format".
>Does anyone have some examples of these files and the procedure to upload
>the scores.  If so, it would be greatly appreciated.
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