Creating Local Answer Keys

You currently have three options when it comes to creating your own answer key. It all starts with clicking on <+ADD> in the KEYS menu of the particular test type you want to add to.

You then see the three options for creating a new key.

We will very soon be adding a fourth option for ACT, the ADD ACT KEY WIZARD, but I will create a separate post for that when it is actually available.

The easiest and recommended way to create a new key, is the first option, Copy existing key (and then edit the copy).  You will see a list of all active and inactive, local and system keys and simply pick the one you want to copy.

When assigning a new key ID, you have to pick one that does not belong to an ACTIVE key. For that reason it makes sense to deactivate system key #1 before you want to create your local copy using the same key ID.

The second option is to create the key from scratch right through OnlineScoreTracker. The process is pretty straight forward, just tedious. It can get a little confusing when it comes to entering the scaled published by the test maker. OnlineScoreTracker’s format differs from the format you may see published by the test maker. We show the Raw Score on the far left and ask you to enter the Scale Score obtained, while the published scale usually does it just the other way around.

If you are good with Excel, then the third option to upload a compatible Excel file might be for you. We usually start by downloading an existing Excel file and then modifying it by replacing the key, categories, and scale. When using the Excel file, it is critical that fields remain exactly where they are and that you use the correct abbreviations for categories, hence the practice of modifying an existing Excel key.

By |2022-07-27T08:21:06-06:00July 27th, 2022|OnlineScoreTracker, Support, Tutorial|Comments Off on Creating Local Answer Keys

Help With Data Capture Projects

Over the past several years, whenever I needed some help manually capturing data I  have utilized the help of Ruth Mangahas from the Philippines. She is very fast, very reliable, and just a pleasure to work with.

If you need some help capturing answer keys, manually entering poorly or incorrectly scanned answer sheets, essays, or with any other office job, I can highly recommend her. Because of my work with her, Ruth is familiar with the relevant parts of OnlineScoreTracker. We have been working together on various odd jobs since 2016 (I think). I hire her through an international online job market called

Her profile is here

You will need to create a free account with upwork. Upwork also allows you to message her and tell her exactly what you want.

To reach Ruth outside of upwork, please email her at ruthisabel30[at]  [Please replace [at] with @, just trying to prevent unnecessary spam for Ruth :)]

By |2022-07-20T15:25:50-06:00July 18th, 2022|BubbleScan|Comments Off on Help With Data Capture Projects

Copyright Violation – Removing ACT Keys

July  13, 2022:

We received an email today from Incopro, who are acting in behalf of ACT, threatening legal action against us if we do not remove all copyrighted material from this website.

We are a small business, just barely profitable and standing up to ACT is out of the question.

To comply with their request, we are taking a step back and reverting to the way we did things when we got started. We provide test grading and reporting framework. You provide the tests and answer keys.

Specifically, we will be disabling all ACT SYSTEM KEYS on our websites by August 1, 2022, which allow us to make these adjustments within the 21 day window they provide us. This means after August 1, 2022 you will not be able to use system keys for grading or as a template for your own local keys. All grading of ACT tests will be done using your own local keys.

Any existing reports based on ACT system keys will still be available. None of that data will be removed or affected.

We believe this should not impact your continued business with us. Please contact me (Joerg Weser) if you have any questions.

By |2022-07-14T11:18:55-06:00July 13th, 2022|BubbleScan, Support|Comments Off on Copyright Violation – Removing ACT Keys
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