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Vocabulary Activity Subtle Edit

Thursday, January 10th, 2008

A subscriber emailed me requesting a “mouse free” experience when working in our vocabulary activities. We listened and made this possible. Now when you start a set of terms the cursor is pre-loaded in the blank for typing and hitting the enter key will submit your answer. We hope you enjoy this small but useful edit.
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USAtestprep News – 11-16-07 JE

Friday, November 16th, 2007

Based on subscriber feedback, we have added some new features to the site. I will also take this time to answer a few common questions we have received lately.

Study Guide Dojo
Create custom, printable, student study guides with a few clicks of the mouse. These are ideal for tracking and documenting the remediation of your students.
Watch Demo Movie – http://usatestprep.com/movies/dojo.mov

Teacher Management System
Students previously typed in teacher email addresses to have activity and test results emailed. Now teachers simply add themselves to the system and their names are listed in a user-friendly pull down menu for students. No more lost results due to typos.
Watch Demo Movie – http://usatestprep.com/movies/teacher_email.mov

Section Quiz Results Now Stored
Due to popular demand, section quizzes are now stored on our database just like our tests. Students take an online section quiz and teachers may login and query by name, date, grade, student id, or teacher to find particular quiz results.
Watch Demo Movie – http://usatestprep.com/movies/quiz_results.mov

Quiz, Test, Progression Data Graph
When analyzing student data, you will now see a line graph progression by date. This will help you see trends graphically.
Watch Demo Movie – http://usatestprep.com/movies/new_graph.mov

Q. When will you be updating content for new upcoming state tests?
A. We always update content before the first administration of any new state tests. Our internal goal is always to launch new review materials at least two months before the new test. We complete the lion’s share of our new authoring during Winter and Summer break.

Q. How do I report a question that contains an error?
A. Every one of our questions and vocab terms will have a link that says “Question/Term Feedback” after you have submitted your answer. We respond to all submissions within 24 hours.

As always, do not hesitate to call or email if you have any feedback or questions.

New Feature – Study Guide Dojo

Monday, November 12th, 2007

dojoLead your young grasshoppers to testing enlightenment. Create custom, printable, student study guides with a few clicks of the mouse. These will be ideal for tracking and documenting the remediation of your students.

This new feature is NOW AVAILABLE to all teachers. Simply use your teacher login and find it in the teacher resources section.

New Game – Super Graduation Kombat Smackdown!

Thursday, August 23rd, 2007

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We have worked for nearly three months developing this new game for students (and faculty) to play. Our goal was to create a “versus” type game where two students could play head-to-head. We brainstormed to think of some awesome playable characters to make it more enjoyable. We designed this game based on our #1 request from students, “Build more fun games.”

Tasty Tidbits:

    6 playable characters
    Single or 2 Player Mode
    Student Accounts
    Educational
    High Score Board
    Power Ups
    Finishing Moves

Tutorial Question Reporting

Monday, May 7th, 2007

Email ResultsMany teachers requested a means to track student use within our tutorial question system. With the new 5.0 version of the site, we listened and added this ability. Now, when a student completes a set of random, advanced, or beginner tutorial questions he/she is presented with an option to print a summary or email results to his/her teacher. The student is also presented with the option to retry missed questions/terms.

We also added this reporting feature to our game and vocabulary module.

New Testing Features

Wednesday, April 25th, 2007

Diagnostic TestsOur diagnostic tests are the #1 resource on the site. Students receive a different test every time they take it and the results may be stored or sent via email to the teacher. They also provide instant feedback on missed questions and the weak and strong content areas of each student.

We decided we wanted to make our #1 feature even better!

New Features:
1) A student may take a test and then re-test missed questions. This feature was one requested by a student. The cumulative results page will show the student’s original test stats and combined stats based on their re-test performance.

2) Full html rendered versions of missed questions may now be viewed via email by the teacher. This is a huge visual improvement. Before teachers could see missed questions but not the images used in the question. Now they can see both.

3) Stored student test results now contain test stats AND missed questions. Before, the only way for a teacher to view missed questions was via a printout or email results.

4) Teachers may export and aggregate data of a class or multiple student tests to CSV or Excel format. Student data analysis has never been this easy or powerful!

New Interactive Vocabulary Games!

Tuesday, April 24th, 2007

Something new, something different – all based on your specific content area! USATestprep, in conjunction with WordForge, has developed interactive crossword puzzles and wordfind puzzles. Both of these games allow your students to connect key vocabulary words to their definition. In the crossword, students type in their terms based on a definition. In the wordfind, they highlight terms that apply to given definitions. It’s all online, interactive, based on your specific content areas, and a fun, new way to review.

New Version 5.0

Wednesday, April 18th, 2007

new_5.jpgThis past week we finally launched a brand new version of the site. You will notice a graphic design change as well as many other changes throughout the entire site. We are constantly adding new user suggested features. So please keep submitting your suggestions.

We will be posting detailed descriptions of these new features in future blog posts.

Also, if you find any bugs in the new system please tell us.

Audio Testimonials

Wednesday, March 7th, 2007

We are seeking audio testimonials from teachers that feel our site has helped their students. All you need is a microphone and computer to record your message. Click on the button below to send us a message.

Send Me A Message

New Server

Thursday, January 25th, 2007

New ServerWe are pleased to announce that last weekend (Jan. 20-21) we took a proactive move and upgraded to a new, faster server. Our goal is to provide the fastest and most reliable web experience for our subscribers. Our old server was more than adequate, but we wanted to plan ahead for the upcoming testing season.

We would like to extend our thanks to our hosting company (AlphaOmegaHosting.com) for great service in our transition. If you are in the market for any type of web hosting, we highly recommend this company.

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