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Archive for March, 2011

Pennsylvania Update

Wednesday, March 30th, 2011

We have just added THREE additional subjects for teachers and students in Pennsylvania. We now have Geometry, Biology, and Algebra I (the newest standards). This, combined with our previous release of  Algebra II and English Composition gives us five new products for the Keystones. Be sure to check them out!

Arkansas Literacy Exam

Tuesday, March 29th, 2011

USATestprep is happy to announce the release of our review materials for the Arkansas Grade 11 Literacy Exam! Pricing can be found on our home page by clicking the Arkansas High School EOC link.

A Few Testing Tips

Friday, March 25th, 2011

“Testing season” is upon us which, in turn, means that it is “stress season.” You can’t prevent the inevitable, but there are many things that you can do to help make sure that the experience is as painless as it possibly can be. There are lots of things to remember about, but here are just a few tips that may help.

  • Don’t cram. It sounds painful and it can be counter-productive. Instead…
  • Review plenty in the days and weeks before the test. Depending on when you read this and when you test is scheduled, that may not be possible. If that’s the case, do the best you can, but remember about the cramming….
  • Get plenty of sleep the night before. Get to bed in order to ensure that you get 8 hours of restful sleep prior to going into the test. It would also help to exercise the evening before to get some of the stress out of your system.
  • Eat a good breakfast. This does NOT mean lots of sugar, donuts, candy bars, etc. It does mean something that is packed with protein.
  • Drink plenty of water. This is really something you need to do for a few days leading up to the event. On a similar note…
  • Avoid having too much caffeine. Having a few large coffees before the test is a bad idea, and not just because of having to ask for a bathroom break during the exam. Having the caffeine jitters can distract your focus and lead to a poorer performance than you normally would experience.
  • Go to the bathroom before you walk in the testing room. ‘Nuff said.
  • Dress in layers. Ok, not the MOST important tip, but if you are too hot or too cold during the test you will be distracted, as well. Having a sweater to put on or a t-shirt to strip down to will help regulate your body temp. Besides, testing environments are typically on the cool side.
  • Bring plenty of writing implements. 2 sharpened pencils and 2 pens? That should do, but have a few others just to be safe. Don’t forget your erasers, too.

Of course, remember the advice-  and lessons- of your teachers.
Good luck, everyone!

More New Review Subjects!

Thursday, March 24th, 2011

At USATestprep we are constantly working to update and provide new materials. We are happy to announce the addition of the following review products:

  • Missouri U.S. History EOC
  • Missouri Algebra II EOC
  • Missouri English I EOC
  • Pennsylvania Algebra II Keystone
  • Pennsylvania English Composition Keystone

We also have made adjustments to the following products in Virginia (which are included at no additional cost to current subscribers of the earlier versions of the products):

  • World History I & II SOL
  • Virginia & US History SOL
  • World Geography SOL

We aren’t done yet, so be sure to check back for updates!

Missouri Geometry

Wednesday, March 23rd, 2011

USATestprep is pleased to announce the addition of a new test to our Missouri review.

We now offer material for the Geometry EOC Assessment for Missouri high schools. We continue to offer Biology, Algebra I, Government, and English II.

Be sure to check out our very affordable rates for these valuable products!

Tracking Student Usage, 2.0

Tuesday, March 22nd, 2011

Earlier this month we made tracking student usage possible by displaying their yearly usage on their home page and on the administrative pages. Now, we’ve added it in a place that is even easier for teachers to find.

Any student you have in any class will now have their Total Time on site (for the year) displayed next to their name when you click “View Students” for any of your classes.

Let us know what you think!

Tracking Student Usage

Monday, March 14th, 2011

You can now easily check on the amount of time your students use USATestprep during the school year.  Student usage for the past school year can be found in a few places on USATestprep:

1) On the student home page…

2)  … from the Teacher’s page, by clicking on the student’s name when they are in your class…

3) … and for those with Admin Accounts, you can click on the student’s name as it appears on the master list of students….

For more information, you may want to view this brief movie.

As always, please let us know if you have any questions or comments about this feature.

Record Site Usage

Monday, March 7th, 2011

On Friday, March 4, 2011, USATestprep set a company record for bandwidth usage. What does this mean? In non-techie terms it means that more people are using USATestprep than ever before. We thank all of you for your continued support, and wish you and your students the best of luck in all of your upcoming tests!

Good Luck, Indiana & Texas!

Tuesday, March 1st, 2011

To all of our subscribers in Indiana and Texas: good luck on your testing today! The testing season is getting underway already in these states, and we know you’ll do well on them. You’ve been getting ready all year and your entire school career. Just breathe deeply and know that you can do it!

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