If you are a current customer you have probably noticed “Active (1)” and “Active (unlimited)” show up in the status column of the list of students in your account.
No, this is not an attempt to confuse you or keep you guessing.
We’ve simplified our brand new credits-based billing. Our well-meaning attempt to help you grow your business by offering discounts for one-off diagnostic tests you might want to administer at a local school thoroughly confused most everyone we tried to explain it to. So we have come up with a new, simpler (we think) scheme:
1 credit = 1 test
2 credits = unlimited grading for one student for one month.
Here is how this will work:
We are starting with a student account that has a status of “Idle”. This means you have just created a new account or you haven’t graded any tests for that student in over a month. Under the credits-based billing, we do not charge you anything for a student with a status of “Idle”.
It’s Aug 18, and you grade a test for that student (either by processing the scanned paper bubble sheet, or by the student completing an online answer sheet, or you manually entering the student’s answers) – we charge you 1 credit. The student’s status changes from “Idle” to “Active (1)”.
On Aug 20 you grade a second test for that student. We charge you 1 additional credit. The student’s status changes from “Active (1)” to “Active (unlimited)”. You can now grade an unlimited number of additional tests for that student until Sep 17 without incurring any additional charges.
On Sep 18, the student’s status changes from “Active (unlimited)” to “Idle” and remains in that status until you grade another test. At that point the above process repeats itself.
Is that clear as mud? I hope it’s a lot clearer. The process happens automatically. You do not have to manage student statuses.
You can see a history of the credits we’ve charged you through Tools-Credits. This new 1-2 credit scheme started Aug 21. So any credit history before would be for the old scheme. Probably a bit confusing at the moment, but hopefully it will get a lot clearer as we move forward and the history fills up with Active (1) and Active (unlimited) entries.
And yes, you are probably wondering how we handle credits you’ve already purchased as you now need 2 credits to get unlimited test grading for one student for one month instead of 1. We’ve credited your account with the number of credits you currently have plus any credits you’ve used in the past month.
And yes, the price per credit has been reduced by half (or in some cases a little more than half).
We hope this makes the billing much easier to understand. No more … (I won’t attempt to give a quick summary of how we wanted to handle one-off discounted diagnostic tests)… just a simple 1 credit = 1 test, 2 credits = unlimited test grading for one student for one month.
Customers who have not switched to the new credits-based billing system, will see the new statuses and will be able to track their hypothetical credit usage under Tools – Credits. But you will continue to be billed for all student accounts that are not ‘archived/locked’.
And finally… right now is a good time to buy some extra credits. We have a ‘back to school’ special going on where you can purchase 40 credits for $40. That’s 40 tests for $40 or grading an unlimited number of tests for 20 students for one full month. This offer expires Oct 1, 2017.
We are currently working on the ability for students to take a complete timed tests with predetermined breaks through their student portal – and after that it’s finally your ability to send email notifications to students when a test is graded.
By Joerg Weser|2017-08-22T11:08:08+00:00August 22nd, 2017|BubbleScan|Comments Off on What is Active(1) and Active(unlimited)?
The premium answer key for SAT Practice Test #8 from CollegeBoard is now available.
A premium key is one where we have mapped every question to one of our custom categories, such as “Words in Context: Meaning” or “Heart or Algebra: Create Equations”.
An analysis of how a student did within each category is printed on pages 2 and 3 of the student report.
All customers can easily create their own list of custom categories and then map each question of a given answer key to one of those categories. This is a standard feature and many of our tutoring customers rightfully take pride in the value their custom question mapping provides to their students. For tutors who don’t want to take the time to do this, we offer our ‘premium answer keys’ where this mapping has been done.
We offer premium keys for all 8 of CollegeBoard’s SAT Practice tests. Customers who pay for their OnlineScoreTracker usage with ‘credits’ will receive this upgrade at no charge. For customers under a previous billing plan we will install each premium key for only $45. Once installed you can make use of the key forever.
Please contact us to request one (or all 8) of the answer keys.
By Joerg Weser|2017-08-04T13:24:37+00:00August 4th, 2017|BubbleScan|Comments Off on Premium Answer Key for SAT #8 Available
Grading tests by hand is a tedious, time-consuming task. We offer a simple Web-based solution that reads scanned bubble sheets (aka ‘scantrons’) and grades them. You will look like ‘the big boys’ by distributing beautiful reports or letting students access them through their own free student portal. For more information, watch our 3 minute tutorial:
Receive 5 credits just for setting up an account (for free). The credits are good for the first month after you sign up.
Fill out all of the information required on the left in order to set up an account with us. We do not charge for having an account, but you must have an account with us in order to purchase more credits.
NOTICE: Our service is not offered to individual students. Only sign up if you are a tutor or a tutoring business.
In June 2017 we switched to a new credits-based billing system. In August 2017 we made changes to the credits-based billing, prompting an update to this blog article. For current pricing click here.
The purpose of this article is to discuss why or why not existing customers may want to switch to this new system. But before we do this, let me clarify. No current customer has to make that switch. We appreciate your business, we value you as a customer, without you we wouldn’t be here. If you don’t see any value now or at any time in the future to switch to the new credits-based billing, you are welcome to stay with what you have.
Here is what I will advise you to do: Monitor how much you pay under your current plan and compare that to what you would have paid under the credit plan. Under Tools-Credits you can see how many credits you would have used every month. If you are interested we will provide a proposal of how we can turn your pre-paid annual plan or recent (last 6 months) purchases of premium keys into credits.
Here is a quick overview of the differences between the two plans:
New Credit Plan
Old Subscription Plan
Buy more credits when you need it. They are good for one year.
Annual or monthly; many annual customers receive a monthly bill for overage, which at times can be a bit of a nuisance when amounts are just a few $$.
Credits are good for a year. Seasons of inactivity (i.e. no grading) do not incur any charges.
You pay for a fixed number of students depending on your plan, regardless if you are grading any tests or not.
All of our premium keys (answers are mapped to categories) are included
$45+ per premium key
Diagnostic Test ‘Kit’
Print bubble sheets with ‘pre-registered’ student information (i.e. just a Student ID) and then add a name to that student ID after the student has taken the test.
Let students register themselves on your web site. You can use this to offer a free* test to visitors to your site to turn them into a real lead. [*You are charged 1 credit for a test.]
Email Student Notifications
Management of Student Status
Under the new system, a student has one of three statuses:
IDLE: no test graded for the student – no charge
ACTIVE (1): first test graded for that student; we start a one month clock = 1 credit
ACTIVE (unlimited): a second test was graded for that student within one month from that student’s status going to ACTIVE (1) = 1 additional credit; any additional tests graded while the student’s status is ACTIVE (unlimited) do not incur any additional charges
They system will change that status automatically. Unless you want to Archive/Lock student accounts, there is no need to spend time managing students’ account statuses.
Need to manually deactivate students who are no longer using the system.
Student Access to Student Panel
No additional charge. As long as you permit it, by not setting a student’s account status to Archived/Locked, a student can access their OnlineScoreTracker student portal. We like to think this presents an opportunity to stay in front of previous customers for potentially more business.
You are billed for one student/month to give a student access to their student portal, whether or not the student actually logs in or not.
This summer, BubbleScan will be getting revamped. My name is Ammon, and I’ve been tasked to create tutorial videos that will help current and potential clients navigate our software with ease. Some of my most recent work can be seen with the newly updated BubbleScan.com, and I’ll have a hand in more designs in future products and updates.
The main task of mine right now, though, is to create these tutorial videos. As of now, we have one video that attempts to explain everything at once. In the upcoming weeks, I’ll be creating smaller videos that deal with specific issues, for example: “How to upload tests,” etc.
The purpose of this is to make it easier for clients to find a quick, to-the-point answer on a specific question they might have about using BubbleScan software. I am looking forward to providing this service that will offer more convenience to our wonderful customers.
You purchase credit packs through your OnlineScoreTracker.com account. You can pay online via credit card or request that we send you an invoice.
One (1) credit will give you unlimited grading for one student for one month.
Here is an example:
Oct 3: You create a student account. The student’s status is IDLE. No charge.
Oct 5: You pre-print bubble sheets for that student. No charge.
Oct 7: You process the scanned bubble sheets and OnlineScoreTracker creates a student report. The student’s account status changes from IDLE to ACTIVE. You can now grade an UNLIMITED number of tests for that student for one month (until Nov 6). You are charged 1 credit.
Nov 7: The student’s status automatically reverts to IDLE. No charge.
Any time after Nov 7: If you grade another test for the student after Nov 6, the student’s status will be ACTIVE again and you’ll be billed one (1) credit.
Naturally, we couldn’t stop there.
We do have a good number of customers who give diagnostic tests at schools in order to win new business. If you are one of those pro-active customers, we, of course, want you to grade those tests using our system. Charging you a full credit seems a little pricey for a one-off diagnosti test, so we came up with a way for you to grade tests for 0.5 credits/test. Tests grade that way will not affect a student’s status (i.e. it remains IDLE).
And to make it even better, we are adding ‘discounted diagnostic tests’ for all who buy at least the 100 credit pack. E.g. when you purchase the 100 credit pack you get 200 discounted diagnostic tests for only 0.1 credit/test. This discount is automatically applied to the first 200 diagnostic tests you grade after purchase. After that the rate goes back to 0.5 credits/test.
You can monitor your credit usage through Tools-Credits. The table on that page records every time a credit or partial credit is used with the student ID of the student that incurred the credit.
And for the very savvy user that of course presents an opportunity: What if your business is such that your students usually don’t take more than 1 or 2 tests/month?
Yes, you can grade all your paper&pencil tests as diagnostic tests.
If you purchase 100 credits for $300 and get 200 discounted diagnostic tests and run ALL your tests as diagnostic tests, you’d be able to grade a total of 360 tests. 200 tests at 0.1 credits/test for a total of 20 credits. And 160 tests at 0.5 credits/test for a total of 80 credits. That’s $0.83 per test. Pretty good deal! [Pricing in this example is accurate at the time of publication, but subject to change.]
By Joerg Weser|2017-06-27T12:27:32+00:00June 27th, 2017|BubbleScan|Comments Off on New CREDIT-based billing
You can now pre-print bubblesheets with a student’s name, date, test name, and bubbled-in TestID and StudentID.
To accomplish this select one or more students either from the list of students accessed through the CLASSES menu or through the USERS menu. Then select the ACTION “Print Bubblesheets”,
specify a test date and whether or not you want to include additional ESSAY pages.
We will create a PDF like this:
click on image to view sample PDF
When printing, please remember to print using Adobe Reader or Acrobat and specifying ‘ACTUAL SIZE’. We’ve gotten pretty good at reading shrunken pages, but you’ll get the best OMR reading experience when you start with bubblesheets that are printed at 100%.
And in case you are wondering, no, we don’t actually process the ESSAY pages (yet). We do have some ideas, but they are only ideas at the moment, not active development projects.