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General FAQs

How do answer keys work with InspiroScan?

With InspiroScan you can enter Answer Keys in a password protected part of the system. You can also use paper answer keys if desired.

What reports does InspiroScan include?

For Tests: InspiroScan includes Score Reports, Responses Per Student, and Item Analysis Reports. Discipline, Subject, and Subject Segment reports are also produced if Discipline, Subject, and Subject Segment information has been entered in the Answer Key.

For Surveys: InspiroScan includes Survey Results and Survey Narrative Response Reports.

Click here to see examples!

All reports are created as Excel workbooks. Additional reports can be designed to meet your specific needs.

Does InspiroScan mark incorrect answers on bubble forms?

InspiroScan does not mark incorrect answers on bubble forms. InspiroScan is used on computers running Windows (Mac or PC). It uses inexpensive, off-the-shelf scanners, and results are shown in Score Reports and Item Analysis Reports.

How much do InspiroScan forms cost?

Standard InspiroScan forms cost $99. We can design custom forms for you for $299 per side. Forms are provided to you as PDFs, and you can print an unlimited number of copies. InspiroScan forms should be printed using a laser printer or professional printing.

How much does InspiroScan cost?

The standard, single-user license of InspiroScan is $1,699 per license for the first year. This one year of licensing includes phone and email support. A license is needed for each scanning computer. Annual licensing after the first year is currently priced at $399 per license. This includes phone and email support for the licensing period.

InspiroScan Multi-User and InspiroScan SAT and ACT have different pricing.

Standard InspiroScan forms are $99 each, and custom forms can be developed at a cost of $299 per side.

A one hour training session is included with any InspiroScan license purchase. Additional training and assistance with installation are offered via phone and/or web conference for a cost of $99 per hour.

For additional pricing details please see the Cost Comparison section, the Costs section, or Contact Us.

Can I create my own forms?

Users can create Survey Forms for InspiroScan through the InspiroScan Form Creator website. Currently Test Forms for InspiroScan must be developed by InspiroScan staff.

What is the difference between a Survey and Test form?

In InspiroScan, a Test Form is a bubble form that
  1. Collects test, exam, or quiz responses.
  2. Has response values ranging from A through, at the most, H.
  3. Has multiple choice items where the student is required to pick one response (A, B, C, D, E, F, G, or H) per item.
  4. Does not include the text of each item on the bubble form. Note, however that because Test Forms are created by Inspironix, we can include item text on your custom Test Form if desired.
In InspiroScan, a Survey Form is a bubble form that
  1. Collects survey, class evaluation, or instructor evaluation responses.
  2. Has response values covering a small numeric range, with the minimum value no less than 0 and the maximum value no more than 9. Each item can have a response range that meets these rules, such as 0-4, 1-3, 5-1, or 0-9.
  3. Includes the text of each item on the bubble form itself.

I already own an off-the-shelf scanner. Can I use it with InspiroScan?

Yes.

If your scanner is TWAIN compliant and you have the TWAIN driver installed, InspiroScan can directly control your scanner.

Otherwise, InspiroScan can process scans created with your existing scanning software. Just use these settings:
  1. Scan type: black and white (monochrome, not grayscale)
  2. Scan resolution: 300dpi
  3. File type: TIFF

Can I use InspiroScan with a networked scanner?

Yes.

If your scanner is TWAIN compliant and you have the TWAIN driver installed, InspiroScan can directly control your scanner.

Otherwise, InspiroScan can process scans created with your existing scanning software. Just use these settings:
  1. Scan type: black and white (monochrome, not grayscale)
  2. Scan resolution: 300dpi
  3. File type: TIFF

How do I move InspiroScan from an old computer to a new computer?

Follow the steps provided in the following InspiroScan User Guide section: Moving InspiroScan to a New Computer

How do I upgrade InspiroScan?

Your InspiroScan license entitles you to free upgrades. Follow the steps provided in the following InspiroScan User Guide section: Upgrading Your InspiroScan Installation.

The upgrade instructions say to download the Evaluation Copy. Will installing this expire my current InspiroScan installation?

No. When you install the latest InspiroScan Evaluation Copy in the same location as your current InspiroScan installation, the Evaluation Copy will automatically be converted to a live copy using your existing InspiroScan license data.

Survey FAQs

Do I have to print my surveys or can I have people take them online?

Survey data can be collected online and on bubble forms.

To collect data online, simply create your survey in the InspiroScan Form Creator, enter your recipient email addresses, set up your campaign, then click Send. It's fast and easy. Everyone you selected for the campaign will be emailed a link to take your survey.

What reports does InspiroScan include for Surveys?

For Surveys, InspiroScan includes Survey Results and Survey Narrative Response Reports. All reports are created as Excel workbooks. Additional reports can be designed to meet your specific needs.

Click here to see examples!

Can I include narrative (handwritten) questions in my survey?

Yes!

How many pages can my survey be?

Your survey can be a maximum of 2 pages, and 2 page surveys must be printed duplex.

How much does InspiroScan cost?

The InspiroScan Form Creator website, where you create your surveys, is free. For scanning paper Surveys, you will also need a license of InspiroScan, which is $1,699 per license. A license is needed for each scanning computer.

A one hour training session is included with any InspiroScan license purchase. Additional training and assistance with installation are offered via phone and/or web conference for a cost of $99 per hour. For additional pricing details please contact us.

Is there a limit to the number of surveys I can create for free?

No, you can create as many surveys as you'd like for free.

Can I use the same InspiroScan license for tests and surveys?

Yes!

Subscription FAQs

What's included in my Annual Subscription Fee?

  • Product support by phone and email.
  • Standard product updates.

What's not included in my Annual Subscription Fee?

The following services are available as quoted but are not included in your Annual Subscription fee.
  • Product customizations
  • Form development
  • Data conversion
  • Data manipulation and aggregation
  • On-site installation and training

If I have multiple licenses do I need to pay the Annual Subscription Fee for each?

Yes, the annual subscription fee is per license.

Using InspiroScan FAQs

Evaluation Copy Users: How do I get started?

  1. Print copies of the sample bubble form (provided as a PDF in C:\InspiroScan\Definitions). Fill out the bubble forms with sample data.
  2. Load the sheets in your scanner. Be sure the forms are placed in the sheet feeder correctly, so that the front side of each form will be scanned.
  3. Click Scan Forms.
  4. In the Select Source window select the TWAIN driver for the scanner you wish to use. For Fujitsu scanners, the TWAIN driver starts with "FUJITSU". Click Select.
  5. When the scan is complete you will receive a message giving you the ability to add more sheets to the sheet feeder, or to end the scan. Click No to indicate that your finished scanning.
  6. Your scan results will appear in the main results grid.

My scanner isn't showing up in the Select Source list. What do I do?

If your scanner isn't showing in the list of scanners first check to make sure the scanner is powered on and that the cable that runs between your scanner and computer is connected. If the scanner still does not show up in the list, exit InspiroScan, install the TWAIN driver for your scanner, and then try again.

Evaluation Copy Users: How do I print more bubble forms?

To print copies of the bubble form provided with the Evaluation Copy, run InspiroScan, click Print Forms, and choose IAS0305.pdf.

How do I view a form?

If you double-click a row in the results grid, you'll be able to view the form and edit the data for the form.

How do I zoom in on a form?

If you double-click a row in the results grid, you'll be able to view the form. To zoom in and out on the form, click the image of the form, and then roll your mouse wheel, or right click and select Zoom.

What do I do with unscannable forms?

If a form cannot be scanned, its row in the results grid will be red. You can rescan the batch of forms. You can also check the paper form to see if there are problems with the registration marks ("T" shapes near the four corners of the form), or timing marks (black rectangles going down the sides of the form).

Light marks are being missed. What do I do?

You can adjust the Black / White Threshold by clicking Manage Configuration, then entering the Configuration Management password, admin. Once you're in the Manage Configuration Menu, click Scanner Settings. Then change the Black / White Threshold to a higher value. Typically, changing the value by 10 has a noticeable effect. For example, if the Black / White Threshold is 130, change it to 140. When you close the Threshold and Calibration Level window, your changes will automatically be saved.

All my rows are yellow, what happened?

Yellow indicates that a form may have missing marks. To check, double-click a row in the results grid. After you double click you'll be able to view the form and see if the data for the form is missing any values. Zones with missing values will be highlighted yellow. You can edit the data for the form if desired, and click Save Changes and Exit to save your changes.



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