OMR stands for Optical Mark Recognition. This popular recognition technology is used for collecting data from “fill-in-the-bubble” forms such as educational tests, surveys, assessments, evaluations, and many other multiple choice forms.

OMR has been widely used in education since the 1960s and is still popular today. OMR age group fill-in example Optical Mark Recognition enables the respondent to select an answer to a question by filling in a “bubble” or “mark” associated with an answer choice. For instance, in the image below the respondent filled in a bubble to indicate that they are in the age group of 31 to 45.

OMR name grid-in exampleIn addition to multiple choice kinds of data, OMR can be used to capture names, ID numbers, and other non-multiple choice data as illustrated below. In this case, the respondent filled in his or her name as “KP CRABTREE”. Collecting this type of data with OMR is much more accurate than trying to recognize a respondent’s handwritten name.

Although OMR technology has been around a long time, the technology has evolved. Traditional OMR systems require special OMR scanners and pre-printed forms. While a good technology, it is expensive and typically limited to very high volume applications. It was in 1991 when Gravic, Inc. released the first version of Remark Office OMR, the first plain (copy) paper OMR software solution. It has evolved over time to expand in order to meet the needs of our diverse customer base. Since 1991 Gravic has helped tens of thousands of customers quickly and easily collect data from tens of millions of OMR forms that they create and print themselves.

OMR can be confused with other types of recognition including; OCR (Optical Character Recognition) – Reading machine printed characters and ICR (Intelligent Character Recognition) – Reading handwritten characters.

OMR software and solutions we offer:

  • Remark Office OMR – Create and print your own test, survey, evaluations, ballots and other plain-paper forms. Scan completed forms using any image scanner or MFP. Built-in analysis engine for grading tests and tallying surveys. Easily export data or grade information to a variety of analysis program, databases, gradebooks, Learning Management Systems and pretty much anywhere else you want to go. Remark Office OMR is the world leader in OMR software with customers in over 130 countries. Download a free demo
  • Remark Test Grading Cloud Edition – Streamlined K-12 multiple choice test grading solution. Nothing to install for easy school deployments. Teachers can work on Macs, PC, tablets and anything with a modern browser. Teachers can build their own custom test bubble sheets with varying test question numbers, answer schemas, and question types (multiple choice, true/false, matching, math, short answer, essay, graphing questions). Built-in test grading reports for easy performance tracking. Request a free trial
  • Remark Test Grading Edition for Windows – Streamlined K-12 multiple choice test grading Windows software. Teachers can build their own custom test bubble sheets with varying test question numbers, answer schemas, and question types (multiple choice, true/false, matching, math, short answer, essay, graphing questions). Built-in test grading reports for easy performance tracking. Download a free demo
  • Remark Classic OMR – OMR software that works in conjunction with traditional OMR scanners and OMR forms. Collect and analyze data from preprinted forms using OMR scanners from Scantron, Sekonic, Apperson and Chatsworth Data. Download a free demo