Scan Exams

For processing examination efficiently

Scan exams are electronically supported examinations. They are created in an examination software, then printed and written on paper as usual. In the next step they are scanned and evaluated in the examination software in a partly automated way based on the scans.

Please note: Change of APB in the answer-choice procedure for the summer semester 2022

According to §22a General Regulations of 01.04.2022 and guidelines of the Directorate II Ref. II A, partial points are to be awarded in tasks according to the answer-choice procedure, negative points are inadmissible and the number of answers to be chosen is to be stated in the task. If this number is exceeded, according to these guidelines the respective submission is to be assessed with zero.

This is applicable in EvaExam when there is only one correct answer per task (single choice).

How do scan exams work?

The web-based Examination Software (ES) “EvaExam” from the company evasys is used for scanning examinations at the TU Darmstadt.

  1. The exam is created in the examination software (ES) (create questions, layout).
  2. The exam is printed and written as a paper exam as usual.
  3. The students' examination sheets are scanned and transferred to the examination system.
  4. Based on the scans, the (partially) automated assessment takes place in the examination system.
    • Free text questions still have to be corrected manually – which is done either before scanning or afterwards online in the system.
    • Processing is based on the crosses that students place as answers to single, multiple-choice and matching questions, as well as the crosses that the lecturer places in the corresponding assessment field matrix to assess the free-text questions.
  5. The examination data is now available in the examination system (including an overview list as a csv file with all matriculation numbers and points/marks achieved > this can be used as a basis for the TUCaN import).
  6. The examination as a whole and the separate questions can then be qualitatively evaluated with the help of item analyses and further optimised for the next examination.

Our service

Contact us:

  • Access to the EvaExam system
  • Provision of a scanning station with high-performance scanner (batch processing)
    Please use our request form: Request for a scan appointment
  • Advice and, if required, individual training before use
  • Support for the use of EvaExam and for scanning
  • For first-time users, close support throughout the entire process (creation of the examination forms | scanning & verification | handling of the evaluation data).
  • Higher efficiency in the examination process
    • Question library enables reuse and further optimisation of questions
    • (Partially) automated assessment of exam questions minimises correction effort
    • automatic compilation of a final data overview with matriculation numbers, points and marks saves time and minimises mistakes
  • a following quality analysis of the questions and answers is facilitated, which results in optimisation potential
    • with the help of the statistical indicators difficulty and selectivity (item analysis)
    • with the help of the indication and bar chart representation of the frequency of the selected answers per question
  • Students can receive their exam results more quickly

Especially in the case of a high number of examination participants and the use of multiple or single choice or matching questions, these advantages are effective.

In §22a of the General Examination Terms of the TU Darmstadt (opens in new tab) it is specified which regulations exist for multiple-choice examinations.

The main excerpts from the regulations are:

  • Multiple-choice examinations must be controlled by another examiner.
  • Multiple-choice questions may not add up to more than 50% of the entire mark of an exam, unless there is an approval of the faculty.
  • Every question must state the number of correct answers to that question.
  • If the examinee selects an incorrect answer as correct, that entire question is marked as incorrect.
  • Negative points for wrong answers are not permitted.

Further information about examinations at the TU Darmstadt can be found in the FAQ for examiners (in German) from Directorate II (Studies and Teaching).