Paper and Pencil Course Evaluations

NIU's Testing Services machine scores and processes spring and fall course evaluations. We ask all instructors to follow these instructions carefully when submitting evaluations for processing.

Administering the Evaluations

Evaluations should be administered by a student or staff member that is not the instructor being evaluated. The instructor should not be present in the room at the time of evaluations.

  1. Print a copy of the Course and Instructor Evaluation Instructions and Script (PDF).
  2. Provide each student with an N-510 Answer Form (these can be picked up at, or requested from, Testing Services).
  3. Have a student or departmental staff member other than the instructor administer the evaluation, using the instructions and script provided.
  4. Student or departmental staff member (not the instructor) should collect evaluations and place in envelope provided with the N-510 Answer Forms.

Submitting the Evaluation Packets

First, make sure that the top scantron in each packet is completed correctly. The following fields should be filled out:

  • Last Name (instructor’s last name)
  • ID Number (Left justify the course reference number and right justify the class number.)
  • Dept.
  • Course
  • Date
  • Sec.

View a sample scantron sheet (PDF).

Next, complete a cover sheet for your packets. Include the following information for each packet:

  • Reference Number
  • Instructor
  • Course (For example, if the course is in the English department, enter 103, 104, 105, etc.)
  • Section (For example, if the course is English 103, enter section 1, 2, 3, etc.)

Make sure to list the packets in the correct order. For example, if reference number 2222 is listed first on the cover sheet, it should be the top packet in the submission. We can process your evaluations more quickly when they're in the correct order.

View a sample cover sheet (PDF).

Direct any questions regarding the administration and/or interpretation of student evaluations processed by Testing Services to Kathy King at or 815-753-6148.


A report showing the results of responses to departmentally prepared items will be prepared for each course section for which evaluation sheets are submitted. View a sample report (PDF). One copy will be sent to the departmental personnel committee and another copy will be sent to the instructor.

If the instructor administered evaluation items for his/her own personal use, a second report showing the results of these items will be prepared. This report and all evaluation response sheets for the corresponding course section will be given to the appropriate instructor.

The results of all University Council mandated evaluations as well as those for instructors' personal items are reported in the same format. Each department and/or instructor is to provide the appropriate interpretation in keeping with the wording of each item and the weighting scale assigned to it.

Contact Us

Testing Services
Peters Campus Life Building 120


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