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Archive for April, 2007

Alabama Biology Changes on the Way

Friday, April 27th, 2007

AlabamaThe Alabama Department of Education has let us know that the new item specifications for the AHSGE Science test (which is now 100% Biology) will be released by the beginning of the 2007-2008 school year. However, they may preview these at the annual MEGA conference this summer. If any subscribers have a copy of these, please share them with us. This would allow us to have this new review ready for you and your students when you get back to school next year.

New Testing Features

Wednesday, April 25th, 2007

Diagnostic TestsOur diagnostic tests are the #1 resource on the site. Students receive a different test every time they take it and the results may be stored or sent via email to the teacher. They also provide instant feedback on missed questions and the weak and strong content areas of each student.

We decided we wanted to make our #1 feature even better!

New Features:
1) A student may take a test and then re-test missed questions. This feature was one requested by a student. The cumulative results page will show the student’s original test stats and combined stats based on their re-test performance.

2) Full html rendered versions of missed questions may now be viewed via email by the teacher. This is a huge visual improvement. Before teachers could see missed questions but not the images used in the question. Now they can see both.

3) Stored student test results now contain test stats AND missed questions. Before, the only way for a teacher to view missed questions was via a printout or email results.

4) Teachers may export and aggregate data of a class or multiple student tests to CSV or Excel format. Student data analysis has never been this easy or powerful!

New Interactive Vocabulary Games!

Tuesday, April 24th, 2007

Something new, something different – all based on your specific content area! USATestprep, in conjunction with WordForge, has developed interactive crossword puzzles and wordfind puzzles. Both of these games allow your students to connect key vocabulary words to their definition. In the crossword, students type in their terms based on a definition. In the wordfind, they highlight terms that apply to given definitions. It’s all online, interactive, based on your specific content areas, and a fun, new way to review.

High Score Boards

Wednesday, April 18th, 2007

We recently reset the high score boards. We discovered our game had some loop holes to allow players to cheat. Nobody likes that. We have made some edits to the game and cleared all the boards.

We have heard a lot of positive feedback on the games. Please contact us if you have any suggestions.

New Version 5.0

Wednesday, April 18th, 2007

new_5.jpgThis past week we finally launched a brand new version of the site. You will notice a graphic design change as well as many other changes throughout the entire site. We are constantly adding new user suggested features. So please keep submitting your suggestions.

We will be posting detailed descriptions of these new features in future blog posts.

Also, if you find any bugs in the new system please tell us.

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