Posted by admin on 30th September 2013

Optical Mark Recognition (OMR)

An OMR register form

An OMR register form

OMR works by little boxes being filled in by pencil on a special sheet and then scanned in an OMR machine into a computer program.

The hardware required is fairly cheap and can be used for other purposes (like marking multi choice tests).

It also means that data can be analysed on a daily basis without an exceptional amount of work. This means it’s easy to spot trends in attendance for individuals and groups.

However, scanning the sheets still requires some work – they still need to be collected from the teachers and then put into the machine. Also, as this takes time, the data is not ‘real time’ – there’s a delay, unlike some of the other systems. Sometimes there are scanning problems, too – corrections are difficult to do, and folded or messy registers will not scan correctly.


Now look at the other pages: Paper based registers || Optical Mark Reader || Card systems || Biometric methods

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