New Scanning tool coming soon!

If you are visiting this site for the first time please be aware that our scanning tool will be changing as of the beginning of the fall 2015 semester. This site will be replaced with new instructions and new pages. If you are interested in finding out about the new service, please visit the new website (note: this is a temporary URL; information on this site will replace the instructions below when we fully convert to the new scanning system).

Scanning Operations at Penn State

Scanning Operations processes scan sheets used to capture course-related assessments, such as quizzes, exams, homework, and surveys. Our Complete Instructor's Guide (pdf) to using our services for scanning, analyzing, and reporting exam results is a good resource for learning more about our services. You can also email your questions to us at scan@psu.edu.

Using Our Scanning Services

The first step is to submit a Request for Service form at the beginning of each semester so we can prepare a file that accurately reflects your course assessment plan.

We offer a variety of options for you to choose how you want your data processed:

Item weighting (pdf): This form tells us if you want to assign more points for some questions than for others.

Response weighting (pdf): This form tells us if you want to assign more points to some responses within a question than for others.

Item unscrambler (5 choice) (pdf): This form lets us know you have multiple versions of a test that have been constructed by scrambling the order of the questions and you want a single item analysis that incorporates data from all versions. If you don't use the unscrambler, you will receive a separate item analysis for each version of the test.

Response unscrambler (5 choice) (pdf): This form lets us know if you have multiple versions of a test that have been constructed by scrambling the order of the responses and you want a single item analysis that incorporates data from all versions. If you don't use the unscrambler, you will receive a separate item analysis for each version of the test.

Instructor Web Based Services

The Instructor Web Based Service Opens in new window allows you to control when to release e-mail feedback to your students. You can also use this service to make score key changes and to download a "comma separated value" (.csv) file of student scores that can then be imported directly to the Penn State Grade Book in ANGEL or used in your own grade book.

Adding your scores to ANGEL

Quick and easy, step-by-step instructions for adding your scores to ANGEL. Opens in new window



Where to Find Us

105 Pollock Building

Fall and Spring Hours

8:00A - 5:00P, Monday through Friday
Closed University holidays

Summer hours

9:00A - 3:00P, Monday through Thursday
Closed Fridays* and University holidays

*Open 9:00A - 3:00P Friday, August 14, 2015

Processing time

Two to three business days.

Drop slot

For your convenience, materials may be left in the drop slot adjacent to the entrance to 105 Pollock. Please review the drop off checklist (pdf) before dropping your materials in the slot.

Order Scan Sheets

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