Alternative Test Scoring Options at UB

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Updated on July 14, 2020, with fall semester FAQ. Get the information and resources you need for making decisions to support your academic success this semester.

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Alternatives to traditional testing

Alternative points of view and research

Centrally supported scoring technologies at UB

Testing On UBlearns

Create online tests with sets of questions that are auto-graded to measure student performance. Once a test is created, it must be deployed within a content folder before students can take the test. Some question types are not automatically graded.

Respondus On UBlearns

Respondus is a software tool enabling easy creation and management of quizzes and surveys that can be created offline and published to Blackboard on UBlearns. Respondus can save hours by providing the ability to import existing exams from word processor files or publisher test banks.

NEW! Instructor Training: LockDown Browser and Respondus Monitor

Daily trainings during the month of March on LockDown Browser and Respondus Monitor systems. LockDown Browser is a custom browser that prevents digital cheating during a remote exam. Respondus Monitor is a companion application for LockDown Browser that deters cheating when students take remote exams in non-proctored environments. The training will cover the student perspective using each application as well as the instructor perspective, including the proctoring data collected, the Review Priority system, timeline, milestone features, and best practices for using each.

Top Hat Test

Securely administer tests and quizzes in a bring-your-own-device (BYOD) environment, using Top Hat’s proprietary lock-out capabilities. Additional license fee required for student use.

NEW! Free Remote Proctoring with Top Hat

To help our address the challenge of administering tests and final exams remotely, Top Hat has enhanced testing to include new remote proctoring functionality, so that faculty can continue to run secure, synchronous tests and exams. This remote proctoring solution is available at no additional cost and will: 

  • Verify students’ identities to ensure that the right students are taking the test.

  • Monitor student activity live and flag irregular student behaviors using sophisticated artificial intelligence.

  • Generate an easy-to-understand proctor report for faculty to review.


Scoring technologies not supported at UB

Scoring technologies not supported at UB.

Remark cloud-based service

Remark Test Grading Cloud allows busy teachers to quickly create and grade tests in the cloud so they can get more accomplished with less. With just a few clicks of the mouse teachers can create a test answer sheet, print a copy for every student (personalized or generic), scan the results, grade according to the answer key they provide, and generate meaningful reports. Remark Test Grading Cloud offers the utmost in ease of use, flexibility, and cost savings.


EvaExam is the established software solution for the automated conduction of examinations. The professional assessment software enables a quick and efficient course of the entire examination process and is the ideal solution for any area of application. You can realize every examination project efficiently and professionally with EvaExam.


ZipGrade turns your phone or tablet into an optical grading machine similar to a Scantron. It reads free-to-download answer sheets in multiple sizes. Provide instant feedback to students by grading exit tickets, quizzes, and formative assessments as soon as they finish.

  • Free download and 100-scans per month
  • Unlimited Scanning: $6.99 for 1 year

Exam Reader

Exam Reader – OMR optical mark recognition, exam/test sheet grading/scoring for mobile phones & tablets. Grade & score multiple choice tests, quizzes, and assessment papers by using iOS (iPhone, iPad) or Android or WP device's camera as a scanner. It can also read over-written marks. %100 success rate if used as described. Supports from 5 to 200 questions or more. Both horizontal and vertical sheets can be used (it is a first in this kind of application). Teachers can make their own sheets with a word processor (also a first).

Akindi & Akindi for iPhone

Create Assessments: Choose from one of our templates and send it directly to your printer.
Scan Sheets: Position the sheets within the frame for automatic snapping.
Get Results and Insights: Flip through the various questions to see results breakdown.

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