Exam Processing

NIU Testing Services will machine score tests marked on optically scannable answer sheets. Versatile scoring programs allow for the scoring of almost any test. This process produces:

  • Printed reports detailing both part and total scores
  • Analyses of test items
  • Summary data about the class' performance
  • A list of the examinees' names with their test scores
  • Individually printed reports for each student who tests

Exam Drop Off and Pick Up Procedure

Tests submitted by 11:30 a.m. should be ready by 4 p.m. the same day. Tests submitted by 3:30 p.m. should be ready by 8:30 a.m. the next working day. Instructors whose test scoring needs cannot be accommodated by these schedules and/or have special concerns are requested to contact Kathy King at klking@niu.edu.

You may also submit an exam at anytime by using our drop box which is located next to the north door on the Normal Road side of Adams Hall. Place exams, key(s), instructions and Testing Services' Transmittal Form into a sealed envelope before dropping your materials into the drop box.

As an alternative, we would be happy to return your exams to you via campus mail. To use this option, please provide us with a pre-addressed and sealable envelope.


Student Scantron Sheet

  • Use #2 pencil only.
  • Write in the boxes and darken in corresponding ovals.
  • One correct answer per question
    • Last name, first initial, middle initial
    • Z-ID number (number only, no "Z" needed).
    • Sec boxes: using two digits for section number; example "01", "02", "03", etc.
    • Form area: darken "A", "B", "C", etc. for version of the exam.
    • Signature box: student to sign name on back and turn sheet back over to front.
    • Exam/quiz begins with question #1.

Faculty Answer Key

  • One correct answer per question.
  • Form area: darken "A", "B", "C", etc. for multiple answer keys.
  • Misc field: to add an external score (like essay questions) to current exam or cum. student ISR file.
  • Please orient student answer sheets in the same direction.
View a sample N-510 Scantron (PDF) - click on a highlighted section for intstructions.


Contact Us

Testing Services
Adams Hall 128
P: 815-753-1203
F: 815-753-3701


8 a.m.-noon
1-4:30 p.m.

Spring 2019 Finals

May 4: 3-5 p.m.
May 6-9: 8 a.m. -5:30 p.m. (open during lunch)
May 10: 8 a.m. - 4:30 p.m. (open during lunch)