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Quick Tips: Study Guide Dojo

Thursday, March 29th, 2012

Like us, if you ever watched any of the old Kung Fu movies that were so popular “back in the day,” you’re probably familiar with the term “dojo.” If not, dojo refers to either a place of training or a set of training tools used in the martial arts. Though testing can sometimes seem like a contact sport, our dojo is meant to be slightly less… physical. Our Study Guide Dojo- accessible from the Print Resources section of your Test Subject page- is meant to provide your student(s) with a hard-copy guide of tasks to complete.

 

Here, (1) you can determine what activities you- the “Sensei”- would like (2) your student(s)- the “Grasshopper”- to complete. If you want to make a Dojo for the entire class, just leave the Grasshopper information blank. In the Documentation Requested section (3) you can choose how you would like their progress reported to you.

 

The Activities sections offers lots of choices. If you would like to have the system automatically and randomly select the activities for you, just click “USATestprep Quick Pick” (1) in the green box. But you will probably prefer to choose which tasks you would like to assign. Simply click from the choices available: (2) Tests, (3) Domain Tests, (4) Question Activities- “practice” activities-, (5) Vocabulary Activities, (6) Online Crosswords, any of our (7) Games, and/or our (8) Skill Work activities. You can also specify (A) if you would like the student(s) to work on all standards in the subject, a specific standard,  or their weakest standard. If you’re asking them to complete a game you can (B) specify which game, and you can also specify which specific Skill Work you would like them to do (C).

 

Lastly, you can choose to have your student(s) complete any of our (1) printed activities. Since these printed activities are available only on the teacher side of USATestprep, you will have to print them a copy of these activities ahead of time. These can all be found in the Print Resources section of your Test Subject page. When you’re finished choosing, just click “Create Study Guide.” (2)

 

You then be able to view and print the Study Guide Dojo you just created.

 

A few last reminders:

  • The dojo, however, is not permanently stored in the system, so be sure to make extra copies of it for your records.
  • If you are giving a dojo to the entire class, the questions will vary from student to student, even if you are having them perform the same activities on the same standard. This is just like any other non-Benchmark test activity on the site.
  • When students begin an activity, they should still have the option to report the scores to you. As long as you have already created a class and associated that class with the relevant Test Subject, they will see your name from a pull-down menu on the first step of the process.

 

You can always watch the How To video on the Study Guide Dojo, available under the “Print Resources” section of the How To Videos. If you have more questions, just give us a call or email.

 

Quick Tips: Free Response

Thursday, March 22nd, 2012

USATestprep not only has a database of over 40,000 multiple choice questions. We also have many Free Response questions for High School English, Math, and many Science subjects.

To find these, look on your Test Subject page, in the Online Resources category. If your subject has them, they will be here:


When you click the link, you will see the Free Response topics we have within that test, sorted by your state standards. Clicking the symbol will expand those standards and reveal all of the topics we have. From here you can 1) Print a copy to hand to students to complete manually, 2) View and print an answer key, and 3) Assign the topic to your students to be completed online.


If you choose the Assign the topic, you will be taken through the Assignment process, just like you would if you were creating an Assignment from the Teacher Home Page. Be sure, in Step 2- Choose Assignment”- to specify a point value at the bottom of the page. You can toggle the points from 1 to 100 by clicking the pull-down option.


The assignment will show up on your students’ Home page, ready for completion. After it has been completed, you will be able to access it and grade it via the Assignments tab on your Home page.


The Free Response option will allow you to test your students’ knowledge outside of the standard multiple choice arena. Please let us know if you have any questions or comments.

ACT Review

Friday, March 16th, 2012

You asked for it, now we’ve got it.


Because USATestprep subscribers requested it, we recently completed development of an online review product for all four sections of the ACT. We custom built this resource to correspond to the ACT College Readiness Standards. Our offerings include ACT Reading, English, Mathematics and Science. Each new test review includes all of the same great features as our current products. And, they are being offered at similarly affordable rates.


We can add any of our ACT products to your current subscription, so just give us a call or an email. As will all of our services, we can have the ACT Review available to your account within 24 hours of receiving your credit card or purchase order. We can also provide you with a pro-rated price so all your expiration dates match. We look forward to hearing from you!

Quick Tips: Need Help?

Thursday, March 15th, 2012

From time to time we all need a little assistance. If you ever need help using USATestprep, you’ve got lots of options, and they can also be found on your Teacher Home page.

1. We have dozens of brief How-To Videos on the site. These look at specific tools and tasks found on the site, and are meant to instruct you quickly and easily.

2. Just below that is a Teacher’s Manual that you can download and, if needed, print.

3. You can also click the Training link to look at our other options for helping your faculty use USATestprep.

Here, you will find many different opportunities for our staff to instruct you and your fellow teachers about the tools on USATestprep. From webinars to onsite training, we’ve got you covered.


And, of course, you can email or call us. We’ll help you out!

New Features!

Thursday, March 8th, 2012

We’ve just added a few new features to USATestprep that you should know about.

We’ve just added lots of new avatars for teachers and students. Users can now choose from a devious but handsome Rat, a conniving T-Rex, two new Teacher options (but only for teachers), a Chicken Overlord, a hungry Caterpillar, and a beautiful Butterfly.


A few of these characters can even be seen in our brand new projector-based game, Time Bus. It will remind you of those days of playing board games as a kid, but now you can go it online using your LCD projector while reviewing important curriculum with your students. Be sure to check out the How-To video we have on this new game.


Finally, you’ve always been able to merge a student’s multiple accounts as an Account Admin. Now our “Student Merge Suggestor” will help you out. Clicking that option will enable you to merge many accounts for many students with a simple mouse click. Again, please check out our How-To Video on this new feature.


We know these tools will make using the site a little more colorful, fun, and easy. Let us know if you have any comments or questions.

New Avatars!

Wednesday, March 7th, 2012

We’ve just added lots of new avatars for teachers and students.

Users can now choose from a devious Rat, a conniving T-Rex, two new Teacher options (but only for teachers), a Chicken Overlord, a hungry Caterpillar, and a beautiful Butterfly. And a few of these will even be featured prominently featured in a new game that we will release in the coming weeks.

Stay tuned!

Videos Now Available on iOS

Tuesday, March 6th, 2012

Exciting news: all of our review videos are now iOS compatible. This means you can view them from your iPhone or iPad, either through our mobile site- m.usatestprep.com- or by accessing our full website with your iPhone or iPad. We hope you enjoy this newest enhancement!

Quick Tips: QOTD & VOTD

Thursday, March 1st, 2012

Do you have a website for your students? If so, you can put our Question of the Day (QOTD) and Vocabulary of the Day (VOTD) on your site.

When you go a Test Subject page, look for the Online Resources category and click the first link under that.

Just follow the simple steps on the next page.

Our system will generate code for you to insert into your website’s code. Just place it between the “” tags.

If you need help with this, just give us a call. We’re happy to help.

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