Alder26 wrote:Thank goodness for the forum, that's what I say, or this'd be another one I wouldn't understand.
One thing is clear though - someone needs to buy one of those machines, and test what really works.Pencils of various numbers, pens, filling in the circle carefully, just putting a line through the middle, colouring over the lines... We need more data!
It's very easy kill a "scantron" if you know how they work.
As for response marks, you'd be surprised what you can put these things through and still get data. Of course at some point you no longer get good
data. So that's what all the marking rules are about. You wouldn't want someone to goose-egg a college entrance exam because they figured a sharpie might be easier to use.
So all the "use #2 pencil and fill the circle completely or their will be explosions" is about insuring the best data integrity. A pen might work. Then again it might not, depending on the pen. This is standardized testing, right down to the standard #2 pencil that is used.
It has to be. Or else you wind up with some whiny-ass brat going "...or maybe I flunked because your dumb scanner didn't read my lime green gel pen right. You didn't say I couldn't use my lime green gel pen! My dad is calling his lawyer now... "