We’ve been quiet but we’ve been busy

We’ve been very quiet on social media recently but we have been continually upgrading the Brainsbuilder platform.

Over the past year or more we have added many features and improvements to Brainsbuilder.

For example we have we have a new look web site. Please check out http://www.brainsbuilder.com and let us know what you think.

We also have introduced a JavaScript API. This enables web site and mobile developers to easily integrate Brainsbuilder into web sites and applications, by effectively enabling developers to build Brainsbuilder clients.

We have also introduced several animated templates which give your assessments a modern and fresh feel. We will be adding more animated template as in the future.

There have also been many improvements in the backend and some bug fixes.

Even if we are not very active on social media we are still active on Brainsbuilder.

We will go into more detail of some of these and other recent platform updates in future posts.

New Brainsbuilder Features


We have recently introduced a major upgrade to Brainsbuilder to improve scoring for personality tests.

We have added category scoring functionality to easily enable the creation of personality tests.

This enable points to be added to a particular category that you create. Assessments can have multiple categories and feedback can be given depending on the scores in particular categories.

We have also added the facility to further automate the publishing of your assessments. For assessments that are published privately you can automatically add respondents via a REST application programming interface (API).

REST is web standard for interfacing with applications you can find out about rest on many internet web site.

We have outlined our REST specification at https://www.brainsbuilder.com/blogpublishing.html and scroll down to “Private Publishing Remote API (Application Programming Interface)”.

Brainsbuilder Improvments

We have been busily making improvements to Brainsbuilder over the past few months.
Many minor bugs have been fixed and there have been many enhancements to existing functionality.

We have also improved the publishing for private emails invites. We have allowed pause and resume and multiple retakes and the ability to block a person retaking an assessment if they have already passed. These features have previously only been for private email assessments.

When creating questions we have allowed users to include a URL link to enable question to include an external resource such as a YouTube video.

Certificate creation has also been made easier. Images that are too wide are now automatically resized.

One of the most important enhancements has been to email deliverability. Some users were not receiving emails due to email policies or spam filters. Brainsbuilder deliverability score has been increased. Therefore all emails should now be delivered.

We are continuing to listen to your suggestions and further improvements are planned.

More New Features

We have been listening to more of your feature request adding some more minor features to Brainsbuilder/TestBranch.

We have added the ability to hide or display the finish link that is displayed at the end of the assessment depending on the if the person taking the assessment has passed or failed the assessment. Or the finish link can always be shown or hidden.

For private student assessments we have added the ability to block a person retaking an assessment if they have already passed. Previously there was only the ability to set a fixed amount of retakes.

Please keep your suggestions coming.

Brainsubilder Upgrades

We are busily working on a major to upgrade Brainsbuilder and TestBranch. This this current upgrade improve performance. It will will not not initially bring many new features but is the foundation to future new feature upgrades. It will introduce new technology to make new features and improvements easier. We will provide more information in future posts.

Recent New Features

We have been listening to your feature requests and we are happy to say we’ve recently added some improvements to the site suggested by customers. Please continue to suggest new features and improvements – We are always listening.

We have enabled the use of special characters with your account (or sub-account) password to help you make your passwords more secure.
To change your password
Log into your account
Click -> Account -> Password

The account holder can now print certificates after the email with the certificate has been sent. If a certificate has been sent the PDF can be viewed and printed by going to the respondent answers.

When adding images to a question the question images can now be placed above or below the answers. Previously images were by default placed below the answer text.

The login section can be put at the beginning or at the end of the assessment. The person taking the assessment can now log in to the assessment after the assessment has been taken. Some customers have requested this people are more likely to give personal details after they have taken an assessment.

Tutorial Series: Key Questions

In this the second part of the tutorial series we will look at ‘key questions’ which are special type of login question.

In the first part of the tutorial series we looked at ‘login sections’ and ‘login questions’. If you have not read the previous part we suggest that you read it before reading this as it will give important background information regarding ‘key questions’.

So what exactly are key questions and why are key questions important?

If you have created a Brainsbuilder assessment you will know that all Brainsbuilder questions can consist of two parts to the question i.e. multiple choice part and a free text input part.

Key questions must be login question that only only a free text input part. The name and email address key fields are created automatically for you along with the login section if you select the ‘Email’ or ‘Full Name’ login questions.

Key questions help you identify the people who have answered an assessment. This is useful when looking at the assessment results and you need to know who took each answer.

You can have up to a maximum of 3 key questions set.

You can create and set your own key questions in addition to the preset email and name key questions. If you create your own key question it must have all of the following:

1) It must be created in the login section.

2) It must consist of only a free text input part.

3) It must be answered i.e. (it must be validated) therefore it cannot be skipped.

When you have created the question you can then set it as a key question on the “Assessment Settings” screen.

Scroll down to the “Key Questions” tab and click “Open” you will see which questions are set as your key questions and you can amend them here.

Tutorial Series: Login Sections

This is the first part in our tutorial series. In each part we will focus on a different feature or aspect of Brainsbuilder functionality.

In this part we will look at ‘login sections’ and ‘login questions’ sometimes refereed to as ‘login fields’ and in the next part we will focus on a particular type login question called ‘key questions’ sometimes also referred to as ‘key fields’.

If you at all familiar with Brainsbuilder you will understand that all questions must be in a section. Login sections are similar to normal sections, but the major difference is that the login section and questions for login sections can be created automatically from a standard list of questions. These are “Email” and “Name” that uniquely identify the person taking the assessment and other questions such as “Gender”, “Age” etc that put the person taking your assessment to a demographic. You can also add you own login questions if your question is not in the list.

There are also a few other differences between regular section and login sections. Lets look at these differences.

  • Login sections must be the first section of an assessment. This makes perfect sense as it is not logical to log in at the in the middle or at the end of an assessment.
  • Login section cannot have scoring questions. This also makes sense as the login section should be used for questions that identify your user either uniquely or demographically.
  • Key questions can only be in the login section and no other section. Key questions are special type of login questions that uniquely identify the person taking your assessment and are used in the rest of the application to identify your users. Key questions are an important concept in Brainsbuilder we will look at these in more detail in the next part.

To create login section when creating an you will be presented with the “Login Section” stage after the initial settings.

You can add login sections after the assessment is created by going to “Edit Assessment -> Add Login Section”.

Login sections and questions are added, delete and edited the same way the other section are edited, on the “Question and Section Editor”

Add Login Section

We Love Our Customers!

We love our customers! We believe everyone can do with bit of extra help now and then. We’re happy to give one-on-one demo or help when you have a problem. Whether you are a subscriber or not!

Sometimes we all need a little help. Even the most user friendly software can sometime leave the most tech savvy of us a bit frustrated. Thats why here at Brainsbuilder we are happy to give one-to-one a demo or one-to-one help when you run into difficulties. We are also happy to hear any suggestions or feedback about your experiences with Brainsbuilder or how you think it can be improved.

One-to-one sessions are best done via a Skype screen share where we can see your screen (in the case of help) or you can see yours (in case of a demo). If you don’t have a Skype account you can download it at www.skype.com. It is available for almost all widely used devices and platforms.

You can contact our customer support team at any time to arrange one-to-one demo or help.


Brainsbuilder or TestBranch?

Whats the difference between Brainsbuilder and TestBranch?
If you think you’ll require advanced randomization and scoring then choose Brainsbuilder. If you think you’ll need question branching and logic the go for our sister site TestBranch.

Features unique to Brainsbuilder:

– Display the order of questions in a random order within a section.
– Ability to choose a fixed amount of questions from a pool of questions.
– To require your candidates to pass one or all of your assessment sections to achieve a pass.
– Minus a point for an incorrect answer.

Features unique to TestBranch include question branching based on:

– If the question is correct or incorrect.
– If amount of points is achieved or not achieved.
– If the question a particular question option is chosen or not.
– Allow multiple branch conditions for a single question.

https://www.brainsbuilder.com and https:/www.testbranch.com

Customize Look and Feel

You can change the look and feel of your Braisnbuilder and TestBranch assessments and customize them to match the look and feel of your organization, website or blog etc. You can also change all of the text and labels, for example to make foreign language tests.

You have the choice of using the ‘Preset’ template. The easy-to-edit ‘Simple Editable’ template, where you can edit the template fonts and background color. If you have knowledge of HTML and CSS you can choose the ‘Advanced Editable’ template, where you can change almost every aspect of your template. You can change all of the labels and text on your assessments.

So there is something to suit every level of technical skill and requirement.


Public or Private Assessments

Brainsbuilder and TestBranch offers you three ways to make your assessments available to people. Public, Email and Student.

1) ‘Public’ assessment are easily accessible. User can come to the Brainsbuilder and TestBranch websites with an assessment ID or you can link the assessment to a page using the ‘public URL’

When users come to the website you can ‘restrict’ access with a general password.

2) ‘Private Email’ is where you can send invitation email only to people that you want to take the assessment.

3) ‘Private Student’ is where users come to the Brainsbuilder and TestBranch websites with and assessment ID an a unique login for each person.

You can find more information on here:


New and Improved

Brainsbuilder has gone through a major transformation recently. We have totally rebuilt the site from the ground up with many new features, and assessments are easier to create than before.

The list of features in the recent upgrade is HUGE! and there have been improvements in performance and stability. We would like to say a big thank you to our customers for all of your continued suggestions and feedback.

We will continue to make improvements and add new features.

Ohh.. If you haven’t explored the new features yet we recommend that you log into your account and check them out.