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Optical Mark Reader (OMR)

Below is more information on the Optical Mark Reader (OMR) System at NDSU.


The Optical Mark Reader (OMR) System consists of an OMR scanner, software enabling the OMR to write scanned data to a file, and custom-written programs which read the raw data files from the scanner and score them. This system is managed and operated by the NDSU IT Help Desk. This service is generally used to convert manually completed test documents into digital data files. OMR can also be an easy way to collect data and convert it into an electronic format for research purposes.   

Getting Started

Best Practices

  • Gather the correct number of scan sheets before starting.
  • Provide clear and concise instructions for using the scan sheets to students.
  • Organize the sheets with the required information before bringing them to the Help Desk.
  • Review the output files you receive via email carefully to ensure they are accurate

Learn More/How To's

Use Cases

  • To collect and process exam results efficiently.
  • To convert research data or survey responses into an electronic format.

Universal Design/Accessibility

  • Provide clear instructions.
  • Provide testing accommodations.
  • To ensure students have a fair opportunity to take exams in a manner that is accessible, provide alternative and authentic assessment methods. 

Help, consultation, training

IT Help Desk

Intended Audience

  • Faculty
  • Staff

Using this service


24/7/365 [*Standard outages]


University-funded: no charge.


Must show NDSU photo ID to pick up processed OMR jobs

Keywordsservice, optical mark reader LAIC test scoring   Doc ID102053
OwnerSharley K.GroupIT Knowledge Base
Created2020-05-13 11:26:26Updated2023-05-02 11:52:04
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