The teacher who organizes the thing handed me a literal stack of papers (seriously, it was at least 4 inches high!) one day at lunch, including a very old (like written on a type writer!) copy of the question sheets, paper fill in the bubble score sheets, and a paper answer sheet.
As an English teacher, I love a good "real" physical book probably more than most, but this was a bridge too far. Once back at my desk, a quick internet search uncovered docs.zone as solid PDF to Word convertor. It actually allows you to convert to multiple formats, and use different levels. I used the "uber super special" setting (it's really called "OCR") to make an editable Word doc. It did a pretty good job, too, better than most, and with just some minor editing, I had a word doc of the question sheet that go uploaded to Google Drive.
Next was quick trip to Add-Ons inside GoogleDocs to grab the Doc to Form add on. This is a pretty nifty piece of software to do exactly what it says. Although it says it's free, it's really a freemium deal. It'll let you convert up to 10 questions from a Doc to a Form. More than 10, you have to pay the $3. I wasn't sure how often I was going to use this add on, so I skipped the fee and manually uploaded the rest.
Then it was on to the grading. Using the answer key, I completed the form/quiz once putting in the correct answers, then went to the response spreadsheet and pulled down the Flubaroo add on. This one is TRULY free.
The next day when my students came in, we pulled computers from the cart, they finished in less than 20 minutes, and before the last computer was back in the cart, i already knew exactly how they had done.
My total time investment? Maybe 2 hours to set the whole thing up. I figure I would have spent close to that just scoring them this year! So next, year, when we do this all over, I have NO time spent. Sometimes technology does help us!
Perhaps the greatest take away from this experience was this - the teacher who has handled this since dinosaurs roamed the Earth is one of those types who claims limited computer savviness. When I accidentally spilled that I had digitized and automated the process (I had kept it quiet out of fear that he and others would not approve my new fangled ways) he got mad that I had not told him so he could take advantage! He had been thinking there had to be a better way for years but just didn't know how to go about it and wasn't confident enough to ask others. Lesson learned; don't assume anything about people. Some may have no interest in what/how you are operating, but you'll never who those people are unless you let them know what/how you are doing things.