Optical Mark Recognition (OMR) is a technique for collecting information on a form where people can mark stylized "bubbles" to indicate their answers to questions rather than having to write them out. When scanning, OMR detects the absence or presence of a mark on the specially designed form.
OMR is useful to instructors for processing multiple-choice exams, for student evaluations of teaching, and to researchers for surveys and data collection.
OMR is an effective way to collect data because it:
The ICT Help Desk, using their NCS Opscan 8 Scanner, can scan 2,000-5,000 documents per hour. The service is fast and accurate, provided instructions have been followed and the forms have been completed in the correct way. Documents will be scanned within 24 to 48 hours of receiving them. The actual time is dependent on the time of year and the demand on the service.
Scanning of OMR forms and the electronic distribution of standard reports is provided free of charge for U of S academic and business use.