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Quick Tips: Looking for Student Results?

Thursday, December 20th, 2012

When your students do work for you on USATestprep, you can always find their results under the “Student Results” tab on your Home page.

Or can you?

What if you get a notification that there are no results?

 

The system automatically loads the first 10 results over the last week, so if it has been more than seven days since students have completed work for you on the site you will not see anything. Just click, “See More Results” (1) for searching options.

 

You can search for results in a myriad of ways: by student (2), class (3), activity (4), test (5), current or archived (6), and- perhaps most importantly- by date (7). You can choose a predetermined time frame- last month, 3 months, etc- or within a specific date range. Once you have made your choice, click the “Go” button.

 

You will then see the results for the students/activities/date range you have chosen. Still don’t see the result you’re looking for? Note that at the bottom of the results (8) you can see how many result pages there are. You can change the number of results you see per page, as well.

And if you want to manipulate them further, you can click the heading of any column will sort the results by that category. Of course, you can View assignment results and Archive (9) ones that are old and you want hidden from view. (Don’t worry: you’ll still have access to them.) At the bottom of the results you also have another option. You can choose to have all results sent to you in a nightly email (10) simply by clicking the box to the left of that option. This report will be run in the middle of the night and send to the email address you have associated with your account.

 

These options should help you keep a better track of your students’ performance in your classes. Let us know if you have any suggestions or comments.

Quick Tip: Instant Messages

Thursday, December 13th, 2012

Instant Messages

You’ve probably already used our Message system- if you haven’t be sure to check out the How To Video or previous Blog entries- but you may not know about our ne Instant Messaging system.

You can send a Message to students currently online the same way that you would a traditional Message. But to make it an Instant Message, click the “Instant Message” option (1). You can also see which students are currently online (2), so you can tailor your message to that individual should the need arise.

 

After you send it, the selected online student will receive it automatically.

 

As with regular Messages, students cannot initiate communication with you OR with other students. Students can only reply to a message from their teacher if that teacher chooses “Allow Students to Reply” as an option.

More New Products!

Monday, December 10th, 2012

USATestprep is happy to announce the addition of new test reviews.

For Indiana we have added U.S. History CAA and U.S. Government CAA.

For Kentucky we now offer seven new products:

  • Algebra II EOC
  • English 10 EOC
  • Reading 10 EOC
  • ACT English
  • ACT Mathematics
  • ACT Reading
  • ACT Science

If you teach in Indiana or Kentucky, be sure to sign up for free trial. If you do not already have a subscription, just click on the “Free Trial” button. If you already subscribe to other products, just give us a call or an email.

Quick Tips: Group Assignments

Thursday, December 6th, 2012

USATestprep has received requests from teachers for a way to create many assignments all at once. The wait is over. We have come up with a system that will do just that. We have an excellent “Group Assignments” video on our “How To” section, but here are a few of the most important points.

When you click on the “Create New Assignment” link from the “Assignments Tab,” you will have a choice to create a Single Assignment or a Group Assignment. Either type can be made for an entire class, selected students, or a single student.

 

Give your Group a title (1), and choose the appropriate test subject (2). Next choose which Tests (3) and/or Practice activities  (4) you would like to assign. (NOTE: If you wish to assign a Benchmark Test you must first create that test.) You do not HAVE to assign both. If you wish to only assign Practice activities, skip the Tests(s) section, and vice versa. In this example, we will only assign Practice activities.

After you choose your Domain (5), you will see the Elements listed below. Check the boxes for the kinds of activities you would like to assign. Choose as many or as few as you would like. (6)

 

For some activities- such as Skill Work, Videos, Puzzles, and Games- you may see a new window pop up. You will need to choose which activity/activities you would like to assign. You can select all with one click by choosing ”Select All” (A), or you can choose them individually (B). You can always reset the choices quickly by clicking ”Uncheck All” (C). Be sure to click the green “Save and Close” button (D) when you’re done.

 

 

When you’ve completed this process, you’ll see the all the assignment types checked next (7) for the appropriate the Elements, as well as the number of types of assignments you have chosen (8). You can always edit this by clicking on that assignment type. If you want to assign another Domain practice, you can always click on the “Add More Practice” link. (9) To go to the last step, click the green “Continue” button. (10)

 

The last step has you choosing your settings. To move the order of assignments, simply drag the assignment (11) up or down. Then, choose a start date and an end date (12) for the assignments. They can all be the same or you can set them for different dates. However, students will ONLY be able to complete the assignments in the order you have set for them. You can make any other changes in the last three columns should you choose. Once you are done, click the green “Save Assignment” button at the bottom of the window…

 

and you’re through!

 

You can then see this Group listed in your Assignments tab. (13) Just click the “+” to expand the Group.

 

As for your students, they’ll see a message in their Messages tab, but they’ll also see the group (14) in their Assignments tab. Notice that they can only complete them in the order you have set.(15)

 

We know you will love this new feature. For more information, be sure to watch the “Group Assignment” video in the “How To” section, and don’t hesitate to call or email us.

New Products for Indiana

Monday, December 3rd, 2012

USATestprep is certainly not taking the holidays off. We are proud to announce new and updated products for Indiana High Schools.

  • Integrated Chemistry and Physics CAA
  • Physics CAA
  • Chemistry CAA
  • Earth and Space Science CAA
  • English 11 CAA
  • English 12 CAA

If you are subscribed to one of these updated products, you will automatically get the new version with no charge. If you do not subscribe to any of these but would like a free trial, just give us a call.

And more is on the way….

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