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Archive for October, 2012

Elementary Social Studies Reviews for South Carolina

Wednesday, October 31st, 2012

We are happy to announce the completion of Elementary Social Studies reviews for South Carolina. 4th and 5th Grade PASS Social Studies is available for purchase. Each are available at the low price of $225 per subject. Remember: that includes an unlimited number of users and usages for a 12-month period.

If you are interested in a free trial, you can sign up on our site!

VA SOL Updates

Monday, October 29th, 2012

USATestprep is happy to announce the release our updated reviews  for VA SOL Earth Science and Chemistry. These both reflect the 2012 standards. If you already subscribe to the previous versions, you automatically receive the new versions free of charge.

If you don’t currently subscribe to either but would like a free trial, just email or call us.

Quick Tips: Eliminating Answers

Thursday, October 25th, 2012

Did you know that when you create a benchmark test you can have our system automatically eliminate an incorrect answer?

This option can be found in Step 2 of the Benchmark process.

 

By default, the “Number of Answers per Question” option is set at 4, but you can change this is a simple mouse click. If you choose to have three answers per question, when students take the test they will see one answer already eliminated for them.

 

 

Additionally, students can always choose to eliminate answers on any test they take. This can be helpful when students want to narrow their own choices for a question. Simply directing the mouse an answer choice will highlight that choice. To the right of an answer is the “Eliminate” link.

Clicking this will eliminate the answer for the student, which will be represented by the answer being “grayed out” with a line through it. The answer can easily be reactivated by clicking the “Reactivate” link.

 

These options can help both teachers and students improve scores and reduce test-taking anxieties.

Quick Tips: Sharing a Benchmark Test

Friday, October 19th, 2012

When you create a Benchmark test, keep in mind that you can always share that benchmark test with other teachers in your school.

 

To share a benchmark test, simply change the “Teacher” option in the first step- “1 Enter Teacher Info”- when you create a benchmark test. Change your name to “Shared Benchmark- Allow Students to Choose” from the drop down menu. When a benchmark is created with this option in place, any teacher who has chosen that test subject- American History, Algebra, etc.- will be able to have the results of the benchmark sent to them should a student choose. This is perfect for department or school-wide review.

 

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

 

New and Updated Reviews

Monday, October 15th, 2012

We’re rolling out a bunch of new material this October, reflecting many weeks and months of review and authoring.

  • Alabama ARMT +: CCSS for ELA and Math (Grades 6-8)
  • Nevada HSPE: Math & Reading
  • Oklahoma OC3: World Geography (7th Grade), US History (8th Grade), US History (11th Grade)
  • Virginia SOL – Reading & Biology

If you already subscribe to the previous versions, then you will automatically receive the updated review. But don’t worry: we’re keeping the previous version around, as well.

Quick Tips: Videos Not Playing?

Thursday, October 11th, 2012

It is unlikely to happen, but if you ever go to watch a video on the site and find that it won’t work, there are a few things you can do on your end to troubleshoot. Here are a few tips:

  • If you are experiencing 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.

Quick Tips: Autograde Override

Thursday, October 4th, 2012

Last year, as every year, we gathered feedback from teachers and received a “wish list” of ideas for the site. Towards the top of that list was the ability to have video comprehension questions graded automatically. This fall, we have that. Still, there are only so many alternative answers we can think up as answers to those comprehension questions.

Now, you have the ability to override answers that have already been autograded. Here is how you do it.

1. Go to the Student Results tab.

2. Find the video and click the orange Edit button.

 

3. To change a grade, click the drop down menu. You can choose to keep it as Incorrect, change it to Correct, or give Half Credit. You can then scroll down (not pictured) and leave any comments you wish (if you wish). Click the green Submit Grade button and you’re done. The changes have been applied.

 

We know this help alleviate any uncertainty your students may have about their results. We will, of course, continue to edit the question answers. Students and teachers can always give us feedback about this by clicking on the Question Feedback button.

Even MORE Common Core!

Wednesday, October 3rd, 2012

As you know, we 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. In addition the states we mentioned previously on this blog, we now offer reviews in English, Math, Reading, and Science for these following states:

  • Rhode Island
  • South Carolina
  • Tennessee
  • Utah
  • Vermont
  • Washington
  • Wisconsin
  • Wyoming

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.

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