New Single Page PSAT Bubble Sheet

March 12, 2020:

Today we updated our OnlineScoreTracker grading system to use the new single-page PSAT bubble sheet.

As a customer you can access this new form in two ways:

1. Preprint Bubble Sheets

2. Blank Bubble Sheets

  1.  Preprint Bubble Sheets:

    1. Select a UNIT (group, class, program, site, region) or one or more students (either from the UNIT menu or from the USERS-STUDENTS) menu.
    2. Select PRINT BUBBLE SHEETS from the ACTION dropdown button.
    3. If you’ve selected one or more UNITS (in the example below, I selected multiple classes) you will get an additional screen with some printing options:
    4. You will then be asked to select the test type (you want PSAT) and then the answer key.
    5. Eventually you get to the screen where you can specify the test date and choose to print the b/w bubble sheet (default) or the red version of the bubble sheet. If you select the red version please make sure to PRINT in color and to later SCAN with DROP OUT RED enabled. You will not be happy with the results if you do not follow these instructions!!
    6.  We still recommend that you print the forms at 100% to ensure reliable reading of the marks later. In your desktop version of Adobe Reader (or Acrobat) this setting is called “Actual Size”.
      Recently, we’ve noticed that Chrome now offers the option to not shrink the printed page. The new setting is found under More Settings – and is called Scale: Custom with a value of 100.
      A good way to check if your form is printing at 100% is to look at the black alignment squares at the top. The squares are 1/4″ x 1/4″ and should be about 1/4″ from the top and either side of the printed page. It doesn’t have to be exact, but if one of the squares touches the edge of the paper, or is cut off, or is 1/2 inch or more from the edge of the paper, proper reading by our system can be compromised.
  2.  Blank Bubble Sheets:

    The other place to access and print blank bubble sheets is through TOOLS – PRINT BUBBLE SHEETS. Just click on any of the links.

If you have any questions or comments, as always, we’d love to hear from you.

Also, if you see test types in any of these screen shots that you would like to use in your account, we’ll gladly enable them for you.

By |2020-03-12T09:58:12-06:00March 12th, 2020|BubbleScan, Support|Comments Off on New Single Page PSAT Bubble Sheet

New PSAT bubblesheet

We are updating the PSAT form very soon.

Currently we are using a 2-page form, the new form is more compact and is a 1-page form.

If you have any concerns about our abandoning the 2-page form, please contact us right away.

When we switch to the single page form (most likely the first part of next week), the old 2-page forms will no longer be recognized by the OnlineScoreTracker.

When you pre-print bubble sheets with student data, we will be printing on the new 1-page PSAT form.

If you have concerns, please reach out now, otherwise, enjoy the convenience of the single page PSAT form.

Thanks for being great customers.

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By |2020-03-05T17:47:18-07:00March 5th, 2020|BubbleScan, Support|Comments Off on New PSAT bubblesheet

SAT #10

Thanks to one of our customers we were finally able to get our hands on the scales for CollegeBoard’s Practice Test #10 from The Official SAT Study Guide 2020 Edition (ISBN 978-1-4573-1219-9). This answer key is listed as test/key ID #10 in our system. It is the same test as the retired test 5OSA03 from Oct 2018.

We have mapped the answers to our category list and student reports generated using our key will show the question category analysis.

As always you need to activate the key in your account before you can use it.

And you are welcome to use our key as a basis for your own custom category mapping.

By |2019-07-23T09:43:40-06:00July 23rd, 2019|BubbleScan, Support|Comments Off on SAT #10

Dropbox Integration

Connecting your OnlineScoreTracker account with your Dropbox folder requires 2 steps:

1. Create an “App” in your Dropbox account.

2. Configure your OnlineScoreTracker account.

1. Create an APP in your Dropbox account

1. Go to  https://dropbox.com/developers.

2. Log into your Dropbox account.

3. Click on “APP CONSOLE”.

4. Click on “Create App”.

5. Select “Dropbox API”.

6. Select “App Folder”.

7. Enter a UNIQUE folder name. We recommend “OnlineScoreTracker_company prefix“.

8. Click on “Create App”.

1. Configure your OnlineScoreTracker account

This creates your Dropbox app and takes you to the app parameters.

Before we generate and retrieve the parameters we need to properly configure your OnlineScoreTracker account, log into your OnlineScoreTracker account (as ADMIN!), go to Tools – Preferences – Third Party Connections. Now copy the necessary parameters from your Dropbox app into the corresponding OnlineScoreTracker fields:

9. Copy and paste the “App key”.

10. “Show” and then copy and paste the “App secret”.

11. “Generate” and then copy and paste the “Generated access token”.

Your Dropbox folder will be in a directory called ‘Apps’ within your Dropbox account.

A word about security:

If you feel the security has been compromised, simply generate and copy/paste a new access token.

By |2019-05-07T11:45:16-06:00May 7th, 2019|BubbleScan, Support|Comments Off on Dropbox Integration

Pre-Print Bubblesheets

You asked for it, you got it.

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.

By |2017-06-27T10:08:02-06:00June 27th, 2017|BubbleScan, Support|Comments Off on Pre-Print Bubblesheets

New Reports for 2017

We have updated, more colorful reports available for you to use.

Our new ACT report looks more like the official ACT report. And our new SAT report, well, it just looks nicer than the one we had before. Judge for yourself:

You can easily select to use these reports through TOOLS-PREFERENCES.

Simply select the 2017 version of the reports and click SAVE.

If for some reason you prefer to switch back at any time, not a problem. Just select the 2016 version of the reports again.

By |2017-06-27T09:43:04-06:00June 27th, 2017|BubbleScan, Support|Comments Off on New Reports for 2017

Select ALL Students in Class

It’s now easier to deactivate or delete all the students in a class.

When selecting the ‘select All’ checkbox at the top of the displayed list of students belonging to a class, ALL students in the class are selected, not just the ones displayed on the page.

By |2017-03-17T12:31:53-06:00January 28th, 2017|BubbleScan, Support|Comments Off on Select ALL Students in Class

Prep.Bubblescan.Net has moved to OnlineScoreTracker.com

When we moved to OnlineScoreTracker in November 2016, we asked that you please update any links so they pointed to OnlineScoreTracker.com instead of Prep.BubbleScan.net.
This week we had some issues with the forwarding and it became apparent that many of our customers are still using the old Prep.BubbleScan.net.

Please, please, use the new OnlineScoreTracker.com domain to access the Online Score Tracker.

We are sorry for any confusion this move might have caused and certainly sympathize with your frustrations experienced this week.

By |2017-01-14T17:26:23-07:00January 14th, 2017|BubbleScan, Support|Comments Off on Prep.Bubblescan.Net has moved to OnlineScoreTracker.com

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.
    preferences-onlinetests
  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.
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  5. Click on the Online Tests tab and then on ADD.
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  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.
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  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.
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  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.
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  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.
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By |2017-03-17T12:31:53-06:00October 14th, 2016|BubbleScan, Support|Comments Off on How to Assign Online Tests to Students