Scanners can be used to rapidly read and score CDE materials. Scantron
forms have long been used for written tests and ID scoring. However
the scores have to be manually entered into the tabulations program.
This process takes time and also introduces a chance for errors.
Scanners that can capture data in a file allow the data to be directly
imported into the Tabulations program. Solutions that have been tested
with the Tabulations are described below.
If you are considering scanning for multiple contest field days then the
computer used for scanning should be dedicated to the task so it wont become
a bottleneck in the process. Data files can be transferred to a
tabulations computer via USB drive of network.
GradeMaster is a low
cost scanner that can be connected to a computer using the included DataLink
software. DataLink will export scored test forms in a comma delimited
format that can be read by the Tabulations program. Export the ID and
the score. Use forms that have an ID section (example).
The ID must conform to the ID format described in the Tabulations program
documentation. GradeMaster is connected to the computer via a USB
cable. Keys can be stored on the computer using the DataLink software
and forms are purchased from
The Remark Office
software is designed to read from a standard sheet fed scanner. The
software uses user defined templates to determine how to scan and score
forms. The Tabulations program comes delivered with templates for a
number of forms and test sheets. This product does not require
proprietary forms (like GradeMaster) and can scan judging cards, keep-cull,
and other types of cards as well as test score sheets. The Tabulations
program will print these OMR forms pre-coded with the contestant
information. Data is exported in a comma delimited forma from Remark
and imported into the Tabulations Program. Scanner is not included
with the software.
Basic scanner requirements are for a TWAIN interface and sheet feeder in the
range of 20+ pages per minute. Duplex scanning is required for some
forms (land & meats). Color scanning is not required. Remark has
be used successfully with Fujitsu, Hp, and Epson scanners.