USATestprep Blog

Finding Assignments and Benchmarks

April 3rd, 2014 Kirby

Maybe this has happened to you. You’ve created an Assignment or a Benchmark Test a while back and you want to take a look at it… but it just isn’t there. You don’t see it anywhere on either the Assignments tab or the Benchmarks tab.

No need to worry. You can look a little further back in time by changing the display option on both pages. In the image below, “A” represents the pages of results you have based on the number of pages being displayed at the time (“B”). You can always change “B” as well to show 20, 50, or 100 items at a time.

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So don’t panic: it’s still there, even if you don’t see it right away!

Spring Break Is Upon Us!

March 28th, 2014 Kirby

Well, some schools may be powering through thanks to “Old Man Winter” and his tricks this year. If you ARE fortunate enough to still have time off, this hint is for you.

Many teachers ask their students to use USATestprep over the holiday breaks. However, some students- not yours, of course- don’t know their password when they head out the door on Friday afternoon. You can always print off your students’ password information for them so they’ll be sure to have it handy. Just click the Manage Class button for your class.

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Then, click on the blue Password Cards button to print out a password card for each individual student.

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If your students do not yet have accounts, you can give them the Account ID and the Student Activation Code. This information can always be found by clicking on your school name from your teacher Home page.

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AP US History

March 24th, 2014 Kirby

Its almost time for AP testing, but we’ve got you covered.

AP US History review is available from USATestprep. We offer a review database of over 1,700 questions, as well as 4 practice tests with 4 sets of Free Response Questions. If you’re interested in subscribing, or just have questions, be sure to call or email us for more information. We’re happy to help!

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Addressing Weak Areas

March 13th, 2014 Kirby

If you need to have students work on their weakest areas, just look for dots.

Well, dots on USATestprep, anyway.

Whenever you see a green, yellow, or red dot next to student results, theres a good chance that clicking that dot will create an assignment for the students in your classes based on that specific standard.

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Be sure you have classes created, of course, in order to get the full effect of this effective and time-saving feature. More information can be found in our Manual and Help Videos, or you can give us a call.

New Benchmarking!

March 7th, 2014 Kirby

Have you seen our new Benchmark features?

You can now add Skill Work Activities and Free Response questions to the Benchmark tests you create on USATestprep.

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You can also pick the specific questions you want to include on your Custom Benchmark.

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Be sure to watch our videos on creating your own Benchmark test with our new, improved system!

AP US History and Shakespeare

October 31st, 2013 Kirby

USATestprep is happy to announce the addition of many new and exciting reviews.

A.P. United States History:-This is a comprehensive review of the current structure of the test, complete with four full multiple choice tests, four essay tests, as well as the a database of activities that you have come to expect from USATestprep.

Shakespeare Reviews: We offer reviews over four of his most popular works-

  • Hamlet, Prince of Denmark
  • Julius Caesar
  • Macbeth
  • Romeo and Juliet

 

Please see the pricing page for subscription information in your state, and do not hesitate to email or call us for more information.

A New Look!

September 4th, 2013 Kirby

You’ve probably noticed a new look when you log in to USATestprep.

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Don’t worry: this is a kind of “face lift.” Everything is still in its place, just where it was before.

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Students will notice the same changes in colors.

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But just like with teachers, everything remains in the same place.

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Students may also choose to see their subject-specific page in “List View,” though that option can be toggled back and forth with “Standard View.”

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We’re excited about these cosmetic changes. We know you’ll like them, too!

 

New: Flashcards

July 16th, 2013 Kirby

Teachers can now easily print out Flashcards for all of our vocabulary terms.

When you log in, just go to your subject-specific page and look for “Flashcards” under the Print Resources heading.

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Then, choose the domain within your subject and the terms you wish to include. You can click one box to select them all, or you can choose them individually. When you’re finished, click the green “Load Flashcards” button…

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And they’re generated. Each sheet of flashcards will contain six terms, allowing the cards to be read comfortably by students.

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Please let us know if you have any question about this helpful new feature.

New: Quiz Builder 2.0

June 19th, 2013 Kirby

We have just completed a new version of our Quiz Builder.  Whats new about it?

Printer Friendly: You can create printable review quizzes of up to 30 questions for your class.

Choose Domains: You can choose to quiz on a single domain of questions or across multiple domains.

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Choose Questions: You can now choose specific questions from the USATestprep database.

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Save Quizzes: Quizzes you create are saved, meaning you have access to them later.

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To find the new quiz builder, just log in and go to your test subject page. You’ll see it under the “Print Resources” section.

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Let us know what you think!

Quick Tips: Report Cards

May 2nd, 2013 Kirby

If it’s the end of the year, then everyone must be clambering to get ready for the big tests. Our Report Cards can be really helpful in helping you and your students prepare for the final push. Here is how use them.

 

  • Class Report Cards

From your Classes tab, click the green Manage Class button for that period…

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… then, under the Report Cards tab, choose your test subject.

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At a glance you can see how your class is doing on specific elements within your state standards. By using a system of dots we show you how your students are achieving based on the number of questions from that element they have seen in tests or benchmark tests: (1) Green (>85%), Yellow (70-84%), and Red (<70%). At the top page you also have a number  of helpful options. (2) Under “Suggested Practice” you can see the three standards for which your students have the lowest success rate. Clicking on any of them will open up a new tab that will allow you to quickly create assignments for your class based on that specific standard. (Pretty sweet, huh?)  To the right of that you have a Filter (3), that will allow you to change the reporting dates for the Class Report Card. And to the right of that, you can (4) Print this Class Report Card, (5) View this in a scrollable Grid View (see below), or (6) view the instructions on using the Report Cards feature.

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  • Student Report Cards

You can also see how individual students are doing using this same system. There are a few ways to access this information. If you are in Grid View (above), click on the student’s name.  Or, if you look at your students in a class (in the Classes tab) and click on a student’s name…

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… then the Report Card you wish to view.

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You’ll see a view similar to that of the Class Report Card, though with some obvious differences. At the top you can see the results of the last three tests (1) that student has completed. But you can also see a “Suggested Practice” button (2). This is similar to the feature in the Class Report Card, but this will automatically create three assignments in THAT STUDENT’S weakest areas. (Again… sweet deal!) Below that are the standards, but these results show much more than just tests. The columns represent (3) Tests, Practice Questions, Vocabulary Activities, Skill Work Activities, and Videos. (Note: For Skill Work and Videos, the numbers represent how many of the activities have been completed successfully.) We use the same color-coding (4) as on the class page, but, again, the Instructions button can clarify this information.

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One last Report Card view to mention. Students can see their own Report Cards by clicking on the “Report Cards” tab on their Home page. They’ll then be able to see the exact same information with the exact same functionality as you would see on an individual’s Report Card.

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All of these can really help you and your students in this final push to the end of the year.

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