Thank you to the more than 5,100 students and teachers who took our March Survey. Our new arcade game, Test Drive is the reigning favorite with students by a large margin!

favorite gamesAre you including games as part of your group assignments? 81% of teachers told us they assign games at least sometimes with their group assignments.  And yes, we heard you: over 86% of you said you would like more games to assign to students.

Thank you to the 321 teachers who took our “Print Resources” survey last month. You told us your favorite print resource is our Quizzes. You also told us you like our Class Activities.

screen-shot-2017-02-28-at-10-54-28-amAre you using USATestprep’s Class Activities or Quizzes in your classroom? What about our Puzzles and Flashcards?  All of these standards-aligned resources are included with your school’s USATestprep subscription and can save you big when it comes to planning time. Give them a try in March!

USATestprep offers a variety of built-in accommodations on our site.  These accommodations fall into two categories: Benchmark Accommodations and Assignments/Projector Based Resources.

Benchmark Accommodations

  • Duplicate Copy – When a benchmark is created, there is an option to make a duplicate copy. This is a great tool to use to meet the needs of diverse learners.  The duplicate copy allows you to go in and change the test settings.  
  • Spanish Option – Questions, answers, and passages can be translated into Spanish.  If you select this option, the test will not automatically be translated for every student.  Instead, there will be a link at the top of the benchmark labeled “Español,” and if a student clicks on this link, the test will be translated.
  • Reduce Answer Choices – This will reduce the number of answer choices from 4 to 3.  It will still show all four answer options, but one will already be eliminated.
  • Highlighter – We offer a highlighter tool that students can use to highlight key words and phrases.
  • Audio Available – We offer audio recordings of passages, questions, and answers.
  • Eliminate Answer – Students can hover over answer choices and choose to “Eliminate” the answer choice.  When this is done, a line will be placed through the answer.  If a student hovers over the answer choice again,  he or she can “Restore” that answer.
  • Printing Options – Our benchmarks can be printed in larger font sizes and with a variety of spacing options.
  • Question Filters – When creating a custom benchmark, teachers can filter questions based on Low or High DOK or difficulty level.

Assignments/Projector Based Resources

  • Multiple Attempts – When creating an assignment, teachers can allow students to have multiple attempts to improve their score.
  • Minimum Score – Teachers can set a minimum mastery score on assignments.
  • Difficulty Level – Our practice question difficulty levels can be adjusted to three options: Random, Beginner, or Advanced.
  • Font Size – The font size for our projector based resources can be adjusted to be larger for students who may need this accommodation.

For more information on accommodations, please refer to this webinar recording.

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We’ve gotten a few calls and emails about the new AP United States History format for the 2014-2015 school year. We are already at work on getting a new review set up to reflect the changes in the new curriculum. We will have this completed in time for the 2014 school year.

In the mean time… good luck during these last few weeks!

You’ve probably noticed a new look when you log in to USATestprep.

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Don’t worry: this is a kind of “face lift.” Everything is still in its place, just where it was before.

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Students will notice the same changes in colors.

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But just like with teachers, everything remains in the same place.

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Students may also choose to see their subject-specific page in “List View,” though that option can be toggled back and forth with “Standard View.”

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We’re excited about these cosmetic changes. We know you’ll like them, too!

 

When we created the site back in 1998, we always wanted to create a tool for teachers to help their students.  One way to encourage students was to introduce game play into the practice question environment.  Our first game was titled “Head of the Class.”  It involved students answering questions correctly to be able to advance through different levels of the game.  There was no arcade game play element, but it was a nice alternative to traditional practice.

Head of the Class

The rudimentary game was popular with students and teachers, so we began adding more games.  Both students and teachers let us know that future games needed more excitement, so we added arcade bonus rounds between questions.   If you notice, most game scoring is weighted heavier to question performance over bonus arcade play.  We didn’t want our high score boards to only reflect skilled gamers:  you must be skilled and do well on the questions.

Our latest game to be released, Arrrrrmagedddon, is a brand new type of two player game.  It may be played by two students at different computers.   So one player may make a move, then player two can respond next period, during lunch, or when he/she gets home.  Again, our goal was to create an engaging game with the #1 goal of getting students to participate in meaningful question practice.

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We hope you and your students enjoy our games, and keep an eye out for more.  We have a lot of ideas on the way.

If you are in New Jersey and plan on attending the NJAET Conference at Georgian Court University, please stop by booth A-6. There could be a free t-shirt in it for you…