Optical Mark Reading

The Optical Mark Reading (OMR) Services group supports nearly all of the university’s Scantron (bubble sheet) testing, exams and evaluations.

Eligibility for OMR services

  • A university ID is required.
  • OMR services are available to:
    • NC State graduate students, faculty and staff
    • Other educational institutions
    • North Carolina state agencies

OMR services available

  • Exam and quiz scoring
    • Academic work has highest priority.
    • Plan accordingly for high volume periods; e.g., midterms, final exams.
    • Turn-around time is usually two business days.
  • Faculty and course evaluations
    • Turn-around time averages 3-5 days.
  • Surveys
    • Turn-around time averages 5-7 days,
      depending on workload and survey complexity.
    • Customized work may take longer.

Service Cost

  • Based on scanner processing time
  • $45.00 per hour (minimum 15 minutes)
  • Exam and quiz scoring
    For NC State clients, paid by the Office of the Provost
  • Faculty and course evaluations
    For NC State clients, paid by the Office of the Provost
  • Surveys
    Paid by the department, agency or individual client.

Rules of Use

Use of this service is governed by REG 00.08.02 – Computer Use Regulation.

OMR Scantron forms (bubble sheets)

  • For exams and other testing
  • Available at the NC State Bookstores.
  • Custom-made for NC State
  • Designed for Pearson/NCS© OpScan scanners with customized software

Assistance with OMR Scantron forms

If you have questions about:

  • Optical Mark Reading
    or
  • Use of Scantron forms

contact us at op-scanning@ncsu.edu or 919.515.5472 for assistance.

Requesting processing of OMR Scantron forms

For completed testing, exam or evaluation forms

  1. Fill out a service request form (either of two options):
  2. Take your completed request form, university ID and Scantron forms, to:
    Room 124, Hillsborough Building, 2620 Hillsborough St.

For completed surveys or other off-campus related work

  1. Print the OMR Request Payment Authorization (PDF) form and fill it out.
  2. Take your completed request form, university ID and Scantron forms, to:
    Room 124, Hillsborough Building, 2620 Hillsborough St.

Scanning output

Hours, location and contact information