Scoring Paper Assignments Using AccelScan

After you install the AccelScan Scanning software on computers that have an AccelScan scanner attached, you can follow the steps below to score paper assignments by scanning cards with the answers marked.

Before you scan students' cards, make sure that each student has entered the form number on the card so that the software can identify the student and the assignment. (Remember that different types of assignments have different form numbers.)

Do one of the following:

  • Check a printed copy of the assignment. The form number is at the top.
  • In the Assignment Book, hover the mouse pointer over the assignment date to see the form number.
  • Print a Status of the Class Report with the assignments generated (outstanding assignments) section. This shows you the form numbers for all unscored paper assignments.

The scanner is for paper assignments only. The Scoring Preference determines whether students can score paper exercises and tests when using the AccelScan software's Student Mode. Students cannot score free-response assignments; however, teachers can mark "A" for correct answers and "B" for incorrect answers on the scan cards and scan them when Student Mode is not selected. You cannot score Extended Response assignments by scanning. To score Extended Response assignments, click Score on the left side of the Extended Response page.

Who can score assignments with default capabilities?

District Administrators, School Administrators, Teachers

  1. Verify that an AccelScan is connected to the computer. If the AccelScan has a switch, make sure that it is on.
  2. For Windows computers, click Start All Programs AccelScan Scanning Software AccelScan. (On Windows 8 computers, look for AccelScan in your list of applications.)
  3. For Macintosh computers, open the Applications folder, then double-click AccelScan in that folder.

    Whenever you start the AccelScan Scanning software, it will check for updates. If a newer version of the software is found, the program will be updated or will give you the opportunity to update.

  4. On the Log In page, the teacher or administrator must enter the user name and password and click Log In, even if students will score their own work.
  5. After a few moments, the Ready to Scan page will appear.
  6. If the program notifies you that the scanner was not found or that there were problems communicating with the scanner, make sure the scanner is plugged in; then, click Scanner Settings and make sure that the correct port is selected.

  7. If students will scan their own cards, click (version 1.43) or (version 2.0). This puts the software in Student Mode.
  8. When the program is in Student Mode, students can't change program settings, and they can't score exercises and tests if the class Scoring Preference does not allow them to do so. To exit Student Mode in version 1.43 of the software, click the File menu and select Student Mode again to remove the check mark. To exit Student Mode in version 2.0, click the button again. You must enter your user name and password when you exit Student Mode.

  9. When the scanner is ready to score, you or your student can insert the first scan card into the AccelScan. For most models, you should insert the scan card face up, but for the AccelScan 1100 USB model, you should insert it face down. The form number should go into the AccelScan first. The AccelScan will scan the answers on the card, score the assignment, and display a short summary.
  10. If the program finds a problem on the card, such as too few or too many answers, unreadable answers, or an invalid form number, or if scoring is not allowed because of the setting of the Scoring Preference for this class, the AccelScan software will notify you. To cancel scoring, click Cancel. If the program does not find an assignment for the form number on the card, it will notify you; you can then either type in the correct form number and click Score or click Cancel to stop scoring so you can recheck the card.

    Click here for more troubleshooting tips.

    After scoring a card, the AccelScan Scanning software will again display the Ready to Scan message. The scan card will be ejected from the AccelScan. If you have enabled automatic printing of the next practice using the Scoring Preference, the next practice may be printed automatically if practice objectives are available. The TOPS Report will also be printed. To score more cards, repeat this step.

    If you encounter problems with the AccelScan not scanning when the software is in the background on the computer, you need to enable background scanning in the scanner preferences. In version 1.43 of the AccelScan software, click the Edit menu and select AccelScan Settings to open the preferences. In version 2.0 of the software, click the AccelScan menu and choose Preferences. Check the Allow Background Scanning box; then, click OK to save your changes. You cannot change preferences in Student Mode.

  11. When you or your students have finished scoring assignments, click Log Out. The results for the cards that you scanned will be reflected in Accelerated Math.