Tips:

  • How can I view the answer key for a test?
    • This depends:
    • If a benchmark, go to the Benchmarks tab —> Options menu —> Answer Key
      • The answers will be bolded
      • Explanations for all answers are also available
    • If a practice test (small, medium, large, full, or domain test), then those tests are randomly-generated for every student —> NO answer key
    • If a teacher asks how to see the questions the students have, explain that since practice tests, practice questions, and vocabulary are all randomly-generated, there’s no way to preview the exact questions
      • A teacher can certainly go to the Options menu —> Preview to see what the assignment will be like, but the questions will vary each time
      • If a teacher wants the ability to see the exact questions that students will have, then direct him/her to creating a benchmark

New Features:

  • Not exactly a feature, but we’ve added some copy on the login page to help with auto-fill issues

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  • Coming later this month… …Test Drive, a new racing game in your Game Arcade!usatestprep-ambassadors-1
  • “Assignment Submitted” message: 
    • There’s nothing to prevent students from opening a test or benchmark in two different tabs or browsers.  Before this change, students could submit the test in each tab (even if the assignment only allowed 1 attempt), thereby creating confusion and frustration for teachers.  
      • Why do students have multiple results for this benchmark?  
      • Why is the benchmark result in a different column in my gradebook? 
      • How did the benchmark become disconnected from the assignment?  
      • Why is the line you’re in always the slowest?  
      • Can money really buy happiness?  
      • Does toast really always fall buttered-side down?  
      • Does Sean secretly enjoy Tech Tuesdays?
    • Well, not so fast multiple-tab-students!
    • Students can still open and save a test in multiple tabs/ browsers.  BUT, there’s now a check in place upon submitting.  If the test or benchmark has already been submitted and met the number of attempts allowed by the teacher, then they receive the message “Assignment Submitted”
    • If a student calls to complain that he/ she saw that message, then you will be able to find that test or benchmark already completed in Graded Work.  I guarantee it.
    • There are a couple of loopholes (these will be addressed at a later time):
      • Benchmarks within a group assignment —> workaround is to only assign benchmarks as single assignments
      • Students manually removing the assignment ID from the URL —> in this case, if the benchmark no longer has the assignment ID attached to it, we know that the student was intentionally causing that to happen

Student Dot Rank Settings

  • On any content area page, students can track their own progress and proficiency.
  • Proficiency is displayed using Dot Rank, our system of green, orange, pink, and grey dots.
  • Students have two options to calculate their Dot Rank scores — best practice question set only or cumulative total of all test, benchmark, and practice questions.
  • New easy toggle at the top of the page makes it easy to switch views.
  • Click on the Dot Rank link to view scoring breakdown for each color dot.
  • Vocabulary, performance tasks, and videos are tracked through the Progress bar.

Watch a video about the Dot Rank settings.

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Did You Know…?

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The token system and game arcade are now live!  If you don’t have an account and would like to preview the token system, go here to signup for a trialHere are the basics for what you need to know. 

FAQs:

Why the change?

We found that students were rushing through game questions just to play the game.  With the new token system, students have more incentive to pay attention to the questions and do their best.  Students earn tokens based on their score and type of activity.  For example, students earn more tokens for a test versus a video.

So, now students can go to the arcade and just play games with no questions?  How is that educational?

Students must earn tokens to play the games; therefore, they must have completed some sort of activity on the site.  For the free play games that cost zero tokens, students have to answer questions within the game.

What is the difference between a game that costs tokens and a free play game?

Free play games have questions built in whereas token games have no questions, just good old fun.

How can students earn tokens?

Students earn tokens by completing practice questions, vocabulary activities, performance tasks, videos, and crossword puzzles.  These activities can either be assigned or independently completed on a student’s test landing page. Some students will start off with tokens.  This is a result of their test landing progress. Students receive a token for each checkmark earned per element. On first page load, it will credit them with those tokens. It will NOT credit them for past individual tokens earned.

Can students earn tokens for benchmarks?

No, students do not earn tokens for benchmarks.

Why can’t I assign a game in a single assignment?

We are transitioning students to go to the arcade to play games as a reward for completing work on the site.  Games can still be assigned through the group assignment system; however, game options are limited there.

Why are group assignment games limited?

Many games have already been transitioned to the arcade system since they no longer have questions built into them.  The group assignment games are single player options that still have questions as part of the game.

What happens to existing assignments with games?

Any existing assignments with games remain exactly the same.  Nothing was changed with existing assignments.

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Be among the first to learn about USATestprep’s new token system and game arcade. The soon-to-be-released arcade and token system will motivate your students and make learning more fun for all!

In this webinar you’ll get answers to these questions:potion

  • Why was the token system developed?
  • How do students earn tokens?
  • What can students spend tokens on?
  • How does the new game arcade work?

Reserve Your Space – Register Today for One of these Sessions:

Tuesday, 9/13 @ 10:00 AM ET

Wednesday, 9/21 @ 3:00 PM ET

Click here to register.

We’ll cover the same information in both sessions, so you need only register for one date. The webinar will last 20-30 minutes.

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Newly Released On-Demand Webinars

Click here to log in and view our new webinars resource.

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New Ambassador Program

Would you like to receive free perks and be recognized for your passion? Then check out USATestprep’s new Ambassador Program. Our Ambassadors help spread the word and educate teachers about USATestprep. In exchange, Ambassadors are rewarded with free swag, online recognition, first-to-know status, and more! Apply here to join this exclusive group.

Welcome to a new school year!

We’ve been hard at work over the summer to create an exciting token system for students. Here’s a sneak peek.

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Be on the lookout in the coming weeks for this new feature. We are confident that the new arcade and token system will motivate your students and help make learning more fun!

Your USATestprep Team

This is a new feature within the Admin area —> Progress Reports tab —> look for the BETA link in the top right corner of the tab.

Admins can create a custom Excel export with any of the following information:

  • Progress report data based on: benchmarks, tests, and/or practice questions
  • Total time on site vs. specific test
  • Total time by activity type (tests, practice, games, and videos)
  • Total completed activities by type (benchmarks, tests, practice, games, and videos)
  • Grade level
  • Total logins
  • Specific date range

***One note is that an admin user will first select the class(es) in order to choose students. However, the progress report data, time, and counts are NOT restricted to that class. Choosing a class is just a way to pick students. This means that activities that students complete on their own DO count towards this export.

 

When adding your own questions, a teacher can now use one of our passages. This is nice because instead of placing the question at the end of the benchmark (in the past), the question will now always remain with that passage if there are other associated questions.

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Teachers can now author favorite questions associated with any of our passages. This new feature allows teachers to author and save favorite questions that stay with the passage wherever it is placed in a benchmark test.

 

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Here are some new features and tips to help you get more from USATestprep:

Recently-added features:

  • Raw score (“Total Correct” column) added to your benchmark results Excel export.
  • Graphs to track monthly progress by standards and individual students –> You can even save, print, and annotate if needed.

Tips of the month:

  • Need to adjust the due date or add a student to an assignment? Make changes to existing assignments without duplicating them by using the Options menu –> Settings.
  • Can’t see a shared benchmark? Double check that you have your classes associated with that subject area. Go to your Classes tab –> gear icon on the far right –> “Edit Class” button. Add necessary subject(s) in step 1 and save in step 2.
  • Want to instantly create assignments for students to target their weaknesses? Automatically create assignments for students in their three weakest areas from your benchmark results –> Student Dot Rank section. You can then view these assignments within your Assignments tab –> “View Suggested Practice.”
  • Need assistance with anything? Use the Feedback & Contact button located at the bottom of every page to ask questions –> let us help you more quickly! When appropriate, please provide the name of the assignment or benchmark, student, class, etc.

Hope you have had a smooth February!

The USATestprep Team

We hope you are well-rested after your much-deserved winter break. We’ve been striving to make your job easier through multiple enhancements to the USATestprep website.

Spanish Test Passages and Answers
Due to popular demand, we not only have test questions in Spanish, but we now have the answers and passages in Spanish as well.
New Website

Earlier this month, we launched USATestprep’s redesigned, public-facing website. The front end of the website is now mobile-friendly. Your login and USATestprep account will remain unchanged.

Improved Progress Reports

These beefed-up reports now include Class Dot Rank. See at-a-glance average class performance by standard. View the Progress Reports with or without the practice questions and by date range.

Tablet-friendly Game

Dance, Dance, Robot (DDR) has been updated and is now tablet-friendly. To challenge more students, DDR has been expanded to offer three levels of difficulty.

New Teacher Resource Page

To make it easier to use, this page has been divided into Online Resources, Printable Resources, and Projector Games. Videos can be found and previewed with ease now, too.

Student Calendar View

In addition to the original List View for Assignments and Suggested Practice, students may alternatively opt to display these items in Calendar View.

New Reviews

We’ve recently added a high school level Health review that is aligned with the National Health Education Standards. Additionally, you will find AP Psychology and AP Chemistry. Check the new course offerings for your state by clicking here.