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Archive for September, 2012

Quick Tips: Name Not Showing Up For Students?

Friday, September 28th, 2012

Have you ever had students tell you that they don’t see your name from a list of teachers when using USATestprep?  Well, don’t worry: the school isn’t trying to tell you something.

 

You just need to make sure your name is associated with the test subject you teach. You can do this by looking at the “Creating a Class” entry above, but here is the quick scoop.

1. Click the “Classes” tab.

2. If you’ve created a class already, click the green “Manage Class” button on the right. (If not, click the “Create a New Class” link.)

3. On the next page, click “Edit Class.” That page will allow you to associate that class- and you as a teacher- with a test subject. Your students will now be able to choose your name from a pull down list of teachers when they complete an activity on the site.

 

While you’re there, you can also add  or remove students to your class, a process also explained in the “Creating a Class” entry on this Blog.

More Elementary Review!

Tuesday, September 25th, 2012

USATestprep is proud to announce the launch of more new Elementary Reviews.

 

Indiana

  • 3rd Grade ELA
  • 3rd Grade Mathematics
  • 4th Grade ELA
  • 4th Grade Mathematics
  • 4th Grade Science
  • 5th Grade ELS
  • 5th Grade Mathematics
  • 5th Grade Social Studies

 

Mississippi

  • 3rd Grade MCT2 Language Arts
  • 3rd Grade MCT2 Math
  • 4th Grade MCT2 Language Arts
  • 4th Grade MCT2 Math
  • 5th Grade MCT2 Language Arts
  • 5th Grade MCT2 Math
  • 5th Grade Science

If you teach in an elementary school- or know someone that does- a free trail can always be secured from our Home page, or just give us a call. For more information, check out our Pricing page.

More Common Core

Thursday, September 20th, 2012

USATestprep recently completed our dedicated reviews for the new Common Core State Standards. We custom built these resources from the ground up over the past year to accurately match the CCSS. We can now offer reviews in English, Math, Reading, and Science for the following states:

  • Arizona
  • California
  • Colorado
  • Florida
  • Idaho
  • Illinois
  • Iowa
  • Kansas
  • Louisiana
  • Maryland
  • Michigan
  • Mississippi
  • Missouri
  • Montana
  • New Hampshire
  • New Mexico
  • North Dakota
  • Ohio
  • Oklahoma
  • Oregon
  • Pennsylvania

Each of our reviews features the same variety of resources and activities that your students have come to learn from and enjoy. However, these are now aligned to the CCSS. As more information becomes available about the PARCC and SBAC assessments, our reviews will adapt with this information.

For pricing information, please head to our Pricing Page. For a free trial, just give us call.

Quick Tips: Assignments

Thursday, September 20th, 2012

So you’ve created some classes. Now what?

Well, you’ll definitely want to take advantage of our Assignments tab on your teacher Home page. To create an assignment, just A) click the Assignments tab, then B) the “Create New Assignment” link.

 

The rest of the process is pretty easy.

1. Choose the class/students you want to take the assignment. You can choose an entire class by simply clicking on the box next to the class name. If you only want specific students to take the assignment, click on the box next to the class name, “Uncheck All,” then select the student who you want to complete the assignment.

 

2. The next step is to Choose the Assignment. You’ll enter A) a name, B) then the type of assignment you want to give- Test, Practice, Game, or Video (Comprehension Questions)- and C) the appropriate options that go along with each type of assignment.

 

3. The final step is to Choose your Settings. A) You’ll determine the start date and end date for the assignment. When you choose a start date in the future, please note that the assignment will only show up on for your students when that start date has been reached. Also, once an end date has been reached, students will still be able to see the assignment on their Home page, but they will not be able to complete it. You can also choose whether or not you B) want students to have multiple attempts to improve their score, C) achieve a minimum score, or D) retest the questions they’ve missed. Then click “Save Assignment,” and you’re all done!

 

The assignment will then show up on your Home page and your students’ Home page.

 

Remember, this topic and many others are covered in the  “How To” videos located on your teacher Home page.

Elementary Review is Here!

Wednesday, September 19th, 2012

USATestprep is proud to announce the launch of our Georgia and South Carolina Elementary Reviews. This is available for  subjects in 3rd, 4th, and 5th grades, and- as will all of our products- are aligned to standards set by the department of education.

 

If you teach in an elementary school- or know someone that does- a free trail can always be secured from our Home page, or just give us a call. For more information, check out our Pricing page.

Common Core for Arkansas

Tuesday, September 18th, 2012

September 18, 2012

USATestprep has just released new three new Common Core review materials for Arkansas.

  • Common Core ELA Grades 9 & 10: $400
  • Common Core ELA Grades 11 & 12: $400
  • Common Core Math (High School): $950 (THREE grades worth of test review)

Each of these constitutes multiple grades worth of review for each subject, and for a low, low price.

If you are a teacher in Arkansas and are interested in subscribing or obtaining a free 10-day trial, just give us a call or an email. If you are a teacher in Arkansas and do not subscribe, just click “Free Trial” on our Home page.

Stay tuned: theres lots more coming for all of our subscribers.

More New Products for North Carolina

Thursday, September 13th, 2012

USATestprep has just released the new  NC READY Algebra I/Integrated Math I review. Not only is this aligned with Common Core standards, but subscribers to our previous Algebra I EOC review will have instant access.

If you are in North Carolina and do not currently subscribe to either of these but would like a free trial, just give us a call or an email.

Quick Tips: Emailing Student Results

Thursday, September 13th, 2012

Now that your students are back in class and using USATestprep, you’ll want to track their progress. Of course, you can do this by using the Student Results tab on your Teacher Home page. But you can also have these results sent directly to your email’s inbox.

All you have to do is:

1. Click the Student Results tab.

2. Check the Receive Nightly Email Results box.

Checking this box will create an automated email from our system each night (around 2am Eastern) containing detailed data regarding all of your students’ results for the past 24 hours.

 

You might want to take a moment, as well, to verify that your email address is accurate and up to date. You can do this by clicking Edit Account underneath your avatar on your Teacher Home page.

 

One last thing: students will NOT be able to email you directly. They will not be able to see or access your email address through USATestprep.

 

 

New Products for Alabama & North Carolina

Thursday, September 6th, 2012

USATestprep is happy to announce the release of four more five more tests in two states.

 

Alabama

  • Algebra I EOC (CCSS)- Subscribers to our previous Biology review will have instant access.
  • Geometry EOC (CCSS)
  • Grade 9 ELA EOC (CCSS)
  • Grade 10 ELA EOC (CCSS)

North Carolina

  • NC READY Biology- Subscribers to our previous Biology review will have instant access.

 

If you are in Alabama or North Carolina and do not currently subscribe to either of these but would like a free trial, just give us a call or an email.

Quick Tips: Create a Class

Thursday, September 6th, 2012

Creating a class is an easy and necessary step in using USATestprep. By creating a class, you can not only assign students tasks- from the Assignments tab- but you can associate your name with a test subject.

Why is this important? By doing this simple step, students will be able to see your name from a pull down list when completing an activity such as a test, practice activities, or games. This will allow you to see their scores on all of these activities. If you ever hear a student say that they didn’t see your name in such a list, this is the reason why.

To Create a new class:

1.Click the Classes tab.

2.Click the “Create New Class” link.

3.Then type in a name for your class…

4.…and pick the test subjects that you want to associate with that class.

5.The final step is to add students to your class. (You do not have to do this in order to create a class, though: you can always add them later.) You can search for students who have created an account on USATestprep in a few ways. A) You can search by the first letter of their last name (click on the appropriate letter) or B) you can Search by typing in their first, last, or full name.

6.To add a student, just click “+ Add.”

7.You will see all enrolled students on the left.

8.Once you have added everyone, click the green Save and Close button. You’re done!

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