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Archive for February, 2012

Quick Tips: Smackdown Brackets

Thursday, February 23rd, 2012

Its almost that time again: time for basketball tournaments to dominate the sporting headlines around the country. You can capitalize on that excitement by having your own tournament with our original two player game, Smackdown. You can find it under the Games tab on either the Teacher or Student site in each test subject.


But you can also print out tournament-style brackets to make the game even more interesting. You can find this on your Teacher Home page. Just look for “Tournament Brackets” on the right in yellow box.


A pdf file will open up with tournament brackets for 4, 8, 16, and 32 players.


Bring out the competitive side of your students by using Smackdown and these brackets not just in March but all year long!

Quick Tips: Edit Account

Thursday, February 16th, 2012

You might decide to change your password during the year. Or maybe your school has changed email nomenclature and you need to revise your email address with us. This is a very easy task that you can handle quickly.


Just look for the Edit Account link under your avatar on your Home page.


Then, make any of the necessary changes. Be SURE to click the green Save Changes button when you’re through.


See: we told you that was easy!

Quick Tips: Connection Issues?

Thursday, February 9th, 2012

If you ever have a problem getting onto or using USATestprep know that there are a few things you can do to troubleshoot.
If we are aware of issues on our end we will send out notifications about the situation, either through the Message system on your Home page or through an email. But usually the issue lies on the user’s end. Here are some common occurrences.

Firewall Issues
Perhaps you experience a processing delay in which scores or submitted data does not seem to go through. This could be an issue of your school’s network, or firewall. If you believe this to be the case, please call or email us. We can send you or your I.T. department information that you can use to make sure our information can pass through the firewall safely and securely.


Videos or Games Won’t Play

  • If this is on a school computer, check with the IT department before doing anything.
  • Make sure you have updated your web browser (Internet Explorer, Safari, Firefox, etc.) to the latest version.
  • Check that you have the latest version of Adobe Flash on the computer. http://get.adobe.com/flashplayer/


Of course, if you need to call or email us we’re happy to assist you. It would also be helpful to know what browser- and version- you are using.

Quick Tips: Nightly Emails

Thursday, February 2nd, 2012

All student scores can be found at any time on USATestprep by looking at one of three tabs on your Home page: Student Results, Benchmarks, or Assignments.


However, you can ALSO get notifications of student results sent to you via email each night. All you need to do is click the “Receive Nightly Email Summary” option at the bottom of the Student Results tab.


This program runs from our servers in the early morning hours when most users are asleep. It works to keep you updated daily on your students’ activities. You’ll probably notice that it is unchecked by default, so you will need to recheck it if you would like to take advantage of this option.

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