We are proud to announce some important new features to help you and your students.
TEACHER MONTHLY SCHOOL USAGE REPORT
Login and edit your account settings under your avatar to receive this monthly email of your school’s activity. You will see logins and teacher and student usage data.Â We also have several new email options to choose from.
PARENT WEEKLY PROGRESS REPORTÂ
Students may register to send a weekly summary of their USATestprep progress to their parents. They simply login and edit their account settings to sign up. Parents must confirm the registration.
STUDENT VERSION OF TEAM PROJECTOR GAMES
Two or more students can now login and compete against each other on our updated student versions of Time Bus and Battle Royale. Only one computer/tablet is needed to play this game.
COMMON CORE COMPLETE
USATestprep is now happy to offer a complete line of review products aligned to the Math and Language Arts CCSS. We just added our elementary product to our current middle and high school CCSS review products. Let us know if you are interested in a free trial to review any of these.
We are happy to announce the release of new products in four states.
Indiana High School:
- Science MCA-III
- Grade to Reading MCA-III
- Grade 11 Mathematics MCA-III
Kentucky High School:
- Biology EOC
- US History EOC
Kentucky Middle School:
- Grade 6 K-PREP Mathematics
- Grade 6 K-PREP Reading
- Grade 7 K-PREP Mathematics
- Grade 7 K-PREP Reading
- Grade 8 K-PREP Mathematics
- Grade 8 K-PREP Reading
If you live in any of these states and already subscribe to USATestprep, just call or email us for a Free Trial for 10 days.
If you are not currently a subscriber and would like Free Trial, just click on the “Free Trial” banner from our Home page, or you can call or email us.
Last year, as every year, we gathered feedback from teachers and received a â€œwish listâ€ 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 youâ€™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.
USATestprep is pleased to announce three new additions to our family. Georgia subscribers can now access American Literature and Composition (CCGPS) and 9th Grade Literature and Composition (CCGPS). If you already subscribe to our English bundle you have full access to this.
Today also marks the appearance of â€œThe Great Revealio.â€ Not only is this our newest game, but it is our first completely mobile- and tablet-friendly game. All users can find “Revealio” in the Games section right now. Give it a try!
USATestprep now has an Auto-Save feature built in to our system.
If your students are ever taking a test and the power goes out or if there is a sudden interruption in service, all of their progress will not be lost. Our system now saves the work a student is doing on a test every 10 seconds. If something unforeseen happens, students will receive this message when they log back on to USATestprep:
This should add a little peace of mind for you and your students, especially when storms are rolling through!
Weâ€™ve just added a few new features to USATestprep that you should know about.
Weâ€™ve just added lots of new avatars for teachers and students. Users can now choose from a devious but handsome Rat, a conniving T-Rex, two new Teacher options (but only for teachers), a Chicken Overlord, a hungry Caterpillar, and a beautiful Butterfly.
A few of these characters can even be seen in our brand new projector-based game, Time Bus. It will remind you of those days of playing board games as a kid, but now you can go it online using your LCD projector while reviewing important curriculum with your students. Be sure to check out the How-To video we have on this new game.
Finally, youâ€™ve always been able to merge a studentâ€™s multiple accounts as an Account Admin. Now our â€œStudent Merge Suggestorâ€ will help you out. Clicking that option will enable you to merge many accounts for many students with a simple mouse click. Again, please check out our How-To Video on this new feature.
We know these tools will make using the site a little more colorful, fun, and easy. Let us know if you have any comments or questions.
USATestprep is thrilled to announce the launch of our Mobile site.
If you have a smartphone or tablet with an iOS or Android operating system, just direct it to m.usatestprep.com. There you will see the mobile companion for our website.
Simply type in your SchoolID, Username, and Password, and you’re in. You can access the Question of the Day and Vocabulary of the Day, and you can answer some Practice Questions from any of the subjects to which your school subscribes.
You can also play Class Party, a clicker-based review that is set up by teachers. This turns your mobile device into a remote clicker: you use it to answer questions in a classroom setting.
For more information about these new features you can check out the brief instructional videos by clicking on the How To videos on your Home page. Please let us know what you think about them!
When we created the site back in 1998, we always wanted to create a tool for teachers to help their students. Â One way to encourage students was to introduce game play into the practice question environment. Â Our first game was titled “Head of the Class.” Â It involved students answering questions correctly to be able to advance through different levels of the game. Â 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. Â Both students and teachers let us know that future games needed more excitement, so we added arcade bonus rounds between questions. Â If you notice, most game scoring is weighted heavier to question performance over bonus arcade play. Â We didn’t want our high score boards to only reflect skilled gamers: Â 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. Â It may be played by two students at different computers. Â So one player may make a move, then player two can respond next period, during lunch, or when he/she gets home. Â Again, our goal was to create an engaging game with the #1 goal of getting students to participate in meaningful question practice.
We hope you and your students enjoy our games, and keep an eye out for more. Â We have a lot of ideas on the way.
Welcome back to another exciting school year.Â We’re starting a new feature on the blog,Â In Focus.Â Each month, we’ll spotlight something of interest and give you an in-depth exploration on that topic.Â This could be based on USATestprep features, subject-specific topics, or educational policy.Â This month, our first, focuses on the new features we spent much of the summer modifying and developing – based on the helpful feedback we’ve heard from you in the past.Â Hope you enjoy.
Benchmark Testing Changes
Teachers can now flag questions from our database as a “favorite”. You can also author and add your own questions, these will be saved to your own personal folder.Â After questions have been identified, it is very easy to go to your personal favorites and add these to any benchmark quiz or test that you create.Â One suggestion is to flag questions that were missed by a large number of students from one test.Â Discuss them in class.Â Then, add the exact same question to a future test.
Instructional Video Enhancements
In addition to adding hundreds of new instructional videos this summer, we have also added comprehension questions to our entire catalog of videos.Â Now, students can test their understanding of the videos.Â Videos and Comprehension Questions can also be assigned to students.Â This is an excellent way to reinforce techniques when the teacher is out of the classroom.
Free Response and Skill Work
One of the most important principles that is coming out of the Common Core Standards is the need for higher order assessment.Â At USATestprep, we’ve started addressing this concern by implementing two new features:Â Free Response Questions and Skill Work.Â Free Response Questions are in-depth application and research questions that assess a student’s deeper understanding on topics.Â Skill Work activities are a broad range of exercises that ask students to apply their understanding of a concept to classify, order, or label items properly.Â Skill Work is found in the student practice section. Free Response Questions are accessed in the online resources section.Â Both of these can be tasked to your students with the assignment system.
The new class management system for teachers is similar to a standard grade book.Â Teachers are now able to view student and class progress at a glance on concepts and assigned activities.Â Teachers will also be able to print reports for students or classes to use for reference or documentation purposes.
All of this is in addition to our standard summer development schedule that includes adding hundreds of new questions and re-aligning for any new standards.Â But wait, there’s much more to come this fall.Â Keep your eyes on the site for other new additions including improvements to district user features, an enhanced assignment system and a new, and improved, chicken.
We have added another new game: Think or Swim! It is not only our first projector game but our first team game, as well.
Multiple teams can compete in a review of 3 to 5 elements. Sets of 5 multiple choice and 2 vocabulary are automatically generated for each element. Students jus write down their team answers- we provide printable sheets- and the teacher keeps track of the results right on the site.
Be sure to check out Think or Swim! today! Just look under the “Online Resources” section of your subject’s home page.