The answer key for ACT 70A which was administered December 2011 is now available in our answer key library.
Feel free to download it and install it in your OnlineScoreTracker account.
We’ve been working on it for months and now it’s finally in beta: the new WebOMR service.
WebOMR is the part of our solution that reads scanned answer sheets and extracts the marked bubbles on it.
Here is what’s new:
For the next several weeks we will run the old WebOMR and the new one (we are calling it WebOMR2, I know it’s ingenious) side by side.
To access WebOMR2 (beta) click on the so named link after you’ve entered the test date when getting ready to upload scanned answer sheets:
WebOMR2 looks a little different than what you are used to, but the basic workflow is still the same. The biggest difference is that with WebOMR2 you can’t start the REVIEW process until all uploaded files have been processed. The overlapping of these two steps in the current WebOMR service has lead to confusion (did I review all my uploaded pages?) and in somewhat un-intuitive navigation (you had to close the separate review browser tab after review). Here is a quick overview of how the process works with WebOMR2:
As planned, on Nov 7th, 11pm, we moved our domain from Prep.BubbleScan.net to OnlineScoreTracker.com.
Please update any links you use or share with students to the new domain.
For instance if you have been using the url https://prep.bubblescan.net/company/newprep to log into your Online Score Tracker (OST) account, or your students have been using that url to log into their student portal, please start using https://onlinescoretracker.com/company/newprep
If you are using a hosted log in panel on your site – please refer to TOOLS – SITE ACCESS OPTIONS in your OST account for an updated code snippet.
The site has an updated user-interface. Nothing that would require you to learn anything new, just some fresh paint!
The biggest change is that we now support a username for students. In the past, students had to use their numeric student ID to log in. They can still do that. But in addition, they can also use a username now. The username can be up to 30 characters. By default we have set the username to be the numeric student ID, but you or even the student through their student portal can change the username (not the student ID, but the username!).
If you are using our API to automatically create student profiles in your OST account, please refer to TOOLS – PREFERENCES for details about the using the new URL (basically you just need to replace Prep.BubbleScan.net with OnlineScoreTracker.com, and add the username field in your code).
If you are adding student profiles via csv – there is now a new username field that needs to be included. We’ve updated the sample file and instructions:
Students can now change their username and also their email. Clicking on the gear icon in the top right hand corner of their student portal will give them access to that.
More updates are coming.
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.
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.
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:
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:
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.
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:
Official explanations of new ACT reporting categories as published in the official practice test for 2016/2017: Preparing for the ACT