What's so hard about Scantrons (peeve)

  1. Ya'll what's the problem with filling out scantrons correctly? Anybody know?

    Here's the deal, I'm in my junior year of a bachelor's nursing program. Everytime before the test the instructors go through the same routine, they: verbally give instructions, they have the instructions typed out at the top of the test and then they even have the instructions projected onto an overhead at the front of class. The instructions are always the same, bubble in your: name, student id #, test version and campus code.

    Yet, still every test, there's a delay in getting results because, as one of my instructors posted last week, "an exceptional number" of the scantrons aren't filled out accurately.

    I just don't understand the difficulty. And here's another thing, if people can't follow repeated instructions such as described above, are they gonna be able to follow orders and other prescribed therapies safely and accurately?
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  3. by   michele08540
    I think it's a requirement. You know if they don't say it, someone could actually blame the instructor for nor properly instructing.

    I know what ya mean-lol



    Quote from Kelly_the_Great
    Ya'll what's the problem with filling out scantrons correctly? Anybody know?

    Here's the deal, I'm in my junior year of a bachelor's nursing program. Everytime before the test the instructors go through the same routine, they: verbally give instructions, they have the instructions typed out at the top of the test and then they even have the instructions projected onto an overhead at the front of class. The instructions are always the same, bubble in your: name, student id #, test version and campus code.

    Yet, still every test, there's a delay in getting results because, as one of my instructors posted last week, "an exceptional number" of the scantrons aren't filled out accurately.

    I just don't understand the difficulty. And here's another thing, if people can't follow repeated instructions such as described above, are they gonna be able to follow orders and other prescribed therapies safely and accurately?
  4. by   Fun2, RN, BSN
    I worked in an high school ESL dept for a couple of years. Before every test, we had to go over EXACTLY how the scan-tron was to be filled out.....even showed a copy of a scan-tron on the overhead, and discussed the steps as we were doing them on they overhead copy.

    I wondered thie exact same thing, and of course, being the quizitive (or pain in the rear lol) that I am, I asked why.

    I was told many other countries do not use scan-trons, and that some people may have never seen them before.

    I'm not sure if this may be a reason for the other students in your case, just thought I'd share what I've learned.

    Then again, the lady who always made such a big deal about the explanations of the scan-tron was really anal...so who knows. :roll :roll :roll

    Good luck in your education!
  5. by   LPN2BinOK
    well, some people are just broken crayons that are missing their wrappers, so to speak.

    I know, it frustrates me, too.

    My peeve is that for each class, our name is different for each different instructor. For example, in my Nursing Skills class it's:

    [Last Name] [space] [First Name] [space to end] [Middle Initial]

    In A&P it's:

    PN[LastName] [space] [First Name]

    In Nursing Concepts, Law and Ethics it's:

    [Last Name] [space] [First Initial]



    Consistency is highly overrated, apparently.
  6. by   missninaRN
    Quote from lpn2binok
    well, some people are just broken crayons that are missing their wrappers, so to speak.
    lol
  7. by   caroladybelle
    My mother used to work for the Elections office.

    The number of people that cannot fill out a simple form or follow very simple instructions is amazing. And with elections, you can't just throw out an errant ballot or risk anything being miscounted, or there will be heck to pay.
  8. by   elizabells
    In our classes, there's one woman that asked like, the first ten times how to fill in her name and the booklet number.... "So do we put it on the left or the right...."
  9. by   Fun2, RN, BSN
    Very true, but you'd think nursing students can follow directions! If not.....WE ARE ALL IN TROUBLE!!! (as pts & as nurses!)


    @ broken crayons!


    Quote from caroladybelle
    My mother used to work for the Elections office.

    The number of people that cannot fill out a simple form or follow very simple instructions is amazing. And with elections, you can't just throw out an errant ballot or risk anything being miscounted, or there will be heck to pay.
  10. by   Roseyposey
    Quote from Kelly_the_Great
    Ya'll what's the problem with filling out scantrons correctly? Anybody know?

    Here's the deal, I'm in my junior year of a bachelor's nursing program. Everytime before the test the instructors go through the same routine, they: verbally give instructions, they have the instructions typed out at the top of the test and then they even have the instructions projected onto an overhead at the front of class. The instructions are always the same, bubble in your: name, student id #, test version and campus code.

    Yet, still every test, there's a delay in getting results because, as one of my instructors posted last week, "an exceptional number" of the scantrons aren't filled out accurately.

    I just don't understand the difficulty. And here's another thing, if people can't follow repeated instructions such as described above, are they gonna be able to follow orders and other prescribed therapies safely and accurately?
    Those people would have a hard time in my class. If you screw up the scantron, well, you're screwed. Even though we also fill out the question sheet as we go, the scantron is "official." If you get off on your little squares and miss all the questions below, you miss all the questions below. The instructors don't adjust.
  11. by   cherokeesummer
    Yeah been there done that - we have those who make mistakes on the scantron each time, which I can understand accidentally getting the wrogn block, I've done that before but generally I try to go back and recheck everything!

    Also, I use my test form to only show the line that I am working on and then move on to the next line!

    It helps a lot! But yeah I'm with ya - why all the need for a simple scantron instruction LOL!
  12. by   Kelly_the_Great
    Also (another aspect of my rant), most of the students at my school, because it's a university vs. community college, are fairly young. These kids've grown up with scantrons.

    I'm 34 y/o and came from a relatively rural community, so mostly the only times we were exposed to scantron use was during achievement testing which was like only once every couple of years.

    Now, on the other hand, my 4th grade daughter rarely ever takes a test that's not scantron. Even spellling test are bubble in. It's kind of funny, she's dyslexic and her main problem is dysgraphia (writing), if you asked her to spell something like "cereal", she'd write something like "seryl." However, give her a choice of 4 with a bubble-in and she'll get it right almost everytime.
    Last edit by Kelly_the_Great on Oct 9, '05
  13. by   chris_at_lucas_RN
    Quote from Kelly_the_Great
    Ya'll what's the problem with filling out scantrons correctly? Anybody know?
    Betcha if they gave five free points for filling it out correctly it would help.... LOLOLOL
  14. by   Kelly_the_Great
    Quote from chris_at_lucas_RN
    Betcha if they gave five free points for filling it out correctly it would help.... LOLOLOL
    LOL...True!

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