Update: Site is Moving

We have rescheduled the moving of our server and domain to November 7,  11pm (MT).

This is in response to customer request to wait until after the SAT test date.

Thanks for your input on the domain name. We will go with OnlineScoreTracker.com.

To recap:

Nov 7, 11pm (MT) PREP.BubbleScan.net will go offline for about 2 hours. During those 2 hours we will move all your data to OnlineScoreTracker.com.

Once the move is complete, the url PREP.BubbleScan.net will point to OnlineScoreTracker.com. Which means all your existing links will still work. But we would encourage you to switch using the new OnlineScoreTracker.com domain to direct your students to their student portal.

By |2016-10-21T08:36:31-06:00October 21st, 2016|BubbleScan|Comments Off on Update: Site is Moving

How to Assign Online Tests to Students

BubbleScan allows you to assign “tests” to students that they can take through their individual student portals. You can’t actually share the test with them, but you can provide an online answer sheet that is linked to a particular answer key. When the student submits their online answer sheet it is immediately graded.

Here is how to assign a test to a student or an entire class:

  1. First, verify that online answer sheets are enabled in your account. Go to Tools – Preferences and look for a section titled ONLINE TESTS. Make sure “Enable Online Tests” is selected.
  2. If you want to change any of the default settings, this is the place and time to do it. Default settings can be changed later when you assign the actual tests.
  3. You can then assign any of the ACT, SAT, or PSAT tests that are in your KEYS library to either a student or a class.
  4. To assign an online test to a student, click on USERS and select the student you want to assign the tests to.
  5. Click on the Online Tests tab and then on ADD.
  6. Select all the tests you want to add to the student and then click SAVE.
  7. To remove tests from the student’s account, select the tests listed and then click on “Remove From Student”.
  8. To edit test settings (include/exclude essay, change times, lock the test after time expires) click on the test name, make the changes and the SAVE.
  9. To assign a test to a class, click on CLASSES and select the class you want to assign the tests to. Everything else works the same way as described above.
  10. A student will now be able to log into their student panel, click on the menu option ‘Take A Test’, select the test you have assigned to them and enter his/her responses one section at a time. The sections are graded immediately as soon as the student submits his/her answers.
  11. It is possible to take sections on different days and complete an entire test over time. Unless the test was set up as ‘timed’ students can even go back and edit answers as long as the complete test hasn’t been submitted. As the student submits additional sections for grading, those sections are added to the original test (i.e. under the initial test date). Once a complete test has been submitted that test becomes available to be taken again.
  12. If you enabled it and the student enters an essay through their Student Portal, you (or an instructor) can later view this essay online, leave comments and grades. This is available through the EDIT TEST screen. You can locate a student’s test through the TEST MENU or through the USERS menu. Click on the edit pencil next to the student’s test.onlinetests06
  13. Then click on ESSAY, read the student’s essay, make comments in the section called ‘Grader’s Comments’ and enter the essay scores.
By |2017-03-17T12:31:53-06:00October 14th, 2016|BubbleScan, Support|Comments Off on How to Assign Online Tests to Students

Site is MOVING

Tuesday, Oct 25 at 1am (MDT) we plan to move Prep.BubbleScan.net to a new server – and a new domain. We will take the system offline for about 2 hours (1-3am MDT) to move the entire database.

The biggest change will be that the url to access your online account will change.  We will setup a forward for Prep.BubbleScan.net to the new url  so you and your students will still be able to log in using your current prep.bubblescan.com/company/xyz url. Also any embedded links on your web site will still work. But if you are hosting the login panel on your site or if you are using the API to bypass the login or create accounts programmatically, you would most likely need to change that on Oct 25th.

This is a tentative plan and we are very much interested in hearing from ALL of you. Let us know that you received this information and let us know of any concerns.

We also could use some feedback on what url to settle on. We have 3 options:

  1. preptests.org
  2. myPrepTests.com
  3. OnlineScoreTracker.com

We understand that some of you are (rightfully) very interested in maintaining as much of a corporate identify throughout your student’s online experience as possible. By changing the url to a more generic name that is not connected to any of our domain names we think we are accomplishing this better.

Please let us know your preference for the url and also if there is one option you are very much against.

Aside from the very significant url change, the new web site will also receive a face lift. The basic functionality will not change and the look-and-feel will not be dramatically different either, just updated.

Other things in the immediate pipeline:
Next week we will announce the ability for students to log in with a true USERNAME in addition to logging in with their Student ID. The Username can be changed by the student.

The week after we hope to release the ability for a student to self-register. Some of you might use this feature to win new customers by offering a free test grading on your site (use the freely available official ACT practice tests 1572CPRE). A student signs up and takes the test and you have their details to offer additional services.

Our re-write of WebOMR (which manages the uploading and conversion of scanned tests) is almost complete. We definitely plan to release that sometime in October – probably on the new site Oct 25. The initial release won’t change much of the current process, just makes it more robust – particularly the at times misleading incorrect statistics on the upload page. Mostly, it gives us a starting place for future enhancements.

The OMR engine is getting updated to where it reads ‘the darkest bubble’. This should help eliminate the issue with stray marks and poor erasures causing us to report double marks. Better handling shrunk pages is the next issue we will address.

I thank you for your continued support. It’s been wonderful to build this community of tutoring companies around BubbleScan.

By |2017-03-17T12:31:53-06:00October 8th, 2016|BubbleScan|Comments Off on Site is MOVING

More ACT Answer Keys Added to Library

We added more ACT answer keys to our library:

The Princeton Review – Cracking the ACT 2016 Edition: added answer keys for the 4 tests printed in the book.


Kaplan – ACT 2016-2017 Strategies, practice & Review: added answer keys for the 3 tests printed in the book


ACT 1163E – April 2006 – currently sold by ACT as an official practice test

ACT 1460E – April 2005 – currently sold by ACT as an official practice test

Here is a link to the official order form for 2016/2017 for the above two tests:

By |2017-03-17T12:31:53-06:00October 4th, 2016|BubbleScan|Comments Off on More ACT Answer Keys Added to Library

New ACT Reporting Categories now on PREP.BubbleScan


Starting with the 2016-2017 academic year, ACT has replaced the subscores (UM, RH, EA,…) with reporting categories (POW, KLA).

We have summarized the new categories here:

For some official statements from ACT, go here:
http://www.act.org/content/act/en/products-and-services/the-act-educator/about-the-act/continuous-improvement/WhatsnextFAQ.html [link has been removed; for more info check this instead: http://www.act.org/content/dam/act/unsecured/documents/wp-2016-05-act-reporting-category-interpretation-guide.pdf)

For an official ACT report sample:

For a PREP.BubbleScan report sample (with the optional Test Question Breakdown on pages 2 and 3):
http://bubblescan.com/downloads/ACT 2016 report.pdf

To accommodate the new reporting categories we have released a new ACT test type, which will show up in your PREP.BubbleScan account as ACT (2016). It comes pre-loaded with the answer key for the official ACT practice test for 2016-2017 (http://www.act.org/content/dam/act/unsecured/documents/Preparing-for-the-ACT.pdf), 1572CPRE, which is the same test that was used last year, only that it contains the new reporting categories in place of the subscores.

The current ACT tests are shown in your acount as ACT (2015). Student reports will show both ACT (2015) and ACT (2016) tests in the score history. This means you can use them side-by-side for as long as you want.

As new answer tests become available, we will add the corresponding answer key to our database so everyone can use it at no additional charge. There should be one coming for the September ACT as soon as we get our hands on one [hint, hint, if anyone has it, please share it so we can add it to our database].

In addition, we have started to recategorize some of the older practice tests. If this is of interest to you, we are making any answer keys we have recategorized available for $15 through our new online store (http://bubblescan.com/shop/). Currently, we only have recategorized keys for ACT tests 1267C and 0964E. 0359F and 0661C are in the works. Next on our list are 1163E and 1460E, the two official practice tests one can purchase from ACT. If you are interested, please send a list of answer keys you want recategorized (in order of importance) to joerg@academytechnologies.com. Between your interest level and the popularity list we develop from your responses we will then determine what tests to recategorize next and at what pace.

You can of course recategorize answer keys yourself, but I will cover that in another blog post.

By |2017-05-24T14:48:17-06:00September 29th, 2016|BubbleScan|Comments Off on New ACT Reporting Categories now on PREP.BubbleScan

Keys for New CollegeBoard SATs Available

The College Board finally made available two additional official SAT practice tests. We have added the answer keys for these two tests to our database of free answer keys.

You can download the actual tests here:


You can easily access our database of answer keys through a new button we’ve added to the home screen of your PREP.BubbleScan account as well as links on the ACT, SAT, PSAT ‘Add Key’ pages. (Or by following this link: http://bubblescan.com/tutors/answer-keys/ )

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On the answer key page, select SAT and then click on the test names to download the free answer keys.

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To install the new keys into your PREP.BubbleScan account, enter your PREP.BubbleScan account, click on KEYS, then on rSAT Keys

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Select  Add rSAT Key

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Select to Upload a compatible rSAT answer key file and click Continue (top right of your screen)

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Then browse to one of the downloaded answer keys and upload it.

If you already have an answer key with the key IDs we assigned (#5 and #6) you will be prompted to either override what you have or save the new key under a different key ID.

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Or if you can drop us an email and we’ll add them to your account for $10.

By |2017-03-17T12:31:53-06:00August 24th, 2016|BubbleScan|Comments Off on Keys for New CollegeBoard SATs Available

New ACT Essay Scores

Starting with the next ACT test in September, ACT essay scores will be reported as an average of the 4 essay sub scores, resulting in a score of 2-12.

Effective immediately all ACT essay scores will be reported the same way when scoring ACT tests using the newACT (aka ACT 2015) method.

For more information about the new ACT essay scores, please check the ACT news:

By |2016-07-13T13:27:36-06:00July 13th, 2016|BubbleScan|Comments Off on New ACT Essay Scores

New ACT Answer Keys Available

We recently added the following ACT answer keys to our database:

  • 60E (Apr 2005)
  • all three tests in the new “The official ACT Prep Guide 2016-2017”
  • 73E (Apr 2016)
  • 71E (Dec 2013)

If you are planning to administer any of these tests, feel free to download the answer keys (and any others you might find in our database that you would like to use) and then upload them to your PREP.BubbleScan account.

Please note that these are  for NEW ACT or ACT 2015. If you are still using the old ACT format, please consider switching. All new development is based on the new ACT format, which really only differs from the old in the way Essay scores are reported.  Please contact us if you have any questions.

You can browse our current database here:

Click on the test name to download the csv file.

Answer Key Download


Log into your PREP.BubbleScan account, and select the NEW ACT Keys from the KEYS menu:
Answer Key ACT 1


Select to ADD NEW ACT ANSWER KEY and select the answer key file you want to upload.

Answer Key ACT 2

By |2017-03-17T12:31:53-06:00June 20th, 2016|BubbleScan|Comments Off on New ACT Answer Keys Available