When I grade tests, I write the total score for each page at the bottom of each corner. After I have graded all the tests, I go back and add the pages to get a final score. I hate doing this, and I try to get through it as quickly as possible. However, if there are a bunch of pages (especially if the test is done in a blue book with one problem per page), speed easily leads to mistakes. Since I don’t want to short my students any points, I created a small script in Mathematica:
When I run the function “g,” it pops up a dialog box where I enter the scores for each page separated by plus signs. Using a plus sign allows me to quickly type the scores on my numeric keypad, though this script could be modified for any other separating symbol. Once I enter the scores and press “Enter,” Mathematica checks to see if I entered the right number of scores (i.e. one per page, as determined by the numScores parameter). If I did, it prints the score and reads it to me. If I didn’t, it prints all the scores and tells me that I made a mistake.
Perhaps this is easier to see rather than read:
I’ve found this very helpful in speeding up the adding process. Feel free to use the code if you’d like.