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New Reviews!

Tuesday, August 12th, 2014

We’ve been very hard at work this summer developing a number of new test reviews. We’ll update this more, but here are some national and state-specific products that are now complete

  • AP English Language and Composition
  • ACT WorkKeys
  • New York Regents US History and Geography and Global History
  • West Virginia WESTTEST2 (10th and 11th Grade)
  • Delaware US History
  • Tennessee Middle School Social Studies (6th, 7th, and 8th Grades)*
  • Tennessee High School US History and Geography*
  • Georgia 10th Grade Literature and Composition SLO
  • Georgia Advanced Composition SLO
  • Georgia Anatomy and Physiology SLO
  • Georgia British Literature and Composition SLO
  • Georgia Environmental Science SLO
  • Georgia Pre-Calculus SLO
  • Florida Earth Science (Grade 8)*
  • Florida Physical Science (Grade 7)*
  • Florida Life Science (Grade 6)*

If you are interested in ordering or if you’d like a FREE trial, please email or call us.

* If you subscribed to the previous version or a complementary product and your subscription is still active, then your account will automatically reflect the changes. Be sure to let us know if you have any questions.

Illinois PSAE

Friday, June 20th, 2014

USATestprep now has reviews available for Illinois High Schools and the Prairie State Achievement Examination (PSAE).

  • Mathematics PSAE Grade 11
  • Reading PSAE Grade 11
  • Writing PSAE Grade 11

If you have questions about these new subjects or are interested in a FREE trial, please feel free to email or call us.

Nevada NACS

Friday, June 20th, 2014

USATestprep now has reviews available for Nevada High Schools and the Nevada Academic Content Standards (NACS).

  • Math I EOC (NACS)
  • Math II EOC (NACS)
  • Grade 10 EOC: Reading (NACS)
  • Grade 10 EOC: Writing (NACS)

If you have questions about these new subjects or are interested in a FREE trial, please feel free to email or call us.

More Maryland Updates

Friday, June 20th, 2014

USATestprep is happy to announce new reviews for both Maryland Elementary and Middle Schools for the Maryland School Assessment (MSA).

  • Mathematics Grade 3 MSA
  • Reading Grade 3 MSA
  • Mathematics Grade 4 MSA
  • Reading Grade 4 MSA
  • Mathematics Grade 5 MSA
  • Reading Grade 5 MSA
  • Mathematics Grade 6 MSA
  • Reading Grade 6 MSA
  • Mathematics Grade 7 MSA
  • Reading Grade 7 MSA
  • Mathematics Grade 8 MSA
  • Reading Grade 8 MSA

If you have questions about these new subjects or are interested in a FREE trial, please feel free to email or call us.

 

Advanced Algebra (CCGPS)

Friday, May 30th, 2014

USATestprep now offers review materials for Advanced Algebra (CCGPS).  Please see the pricing page for ordering information, and feel free to email or call us for a free trial or for more information.

Testing Season

Monday, April 21st, 2014

It’s upon you, whether you’re ready or not. But of course, you’re ready, and so are your students.  Still, each year we offer some “Testprep Tips” to help ease the stress of testing time. We have these posted on our Facebook page, too (we put a few up each day), but here they all are should you want to share them ahead of time.

Preparing for Testing Day

  • Don’t cram. It sounds painful and it can be counter-productive. Instead, review plenty in the days and weeks before the test. Depending on when you read this and when you test is scheduled, that may not be possible. If that’s the case, do the best you can, but remember about the cramming….
  • Get plenty of sleep the night before. Get to bed in order to ensure that you get 8 hours of restful sleep prior to going into the test. It would also help to exercise the evening before to get some of the stress out of your system.
  • Get some exercise. Not only is this good for your body, but studies show that it  helps the mind and can help jog your memory (pun intended). It’s a good way to help you achieve success!
  • Eat a good breakfast and drink plenty of water. Avoid sugary foods, focus on choices packed with protein, and hydrate in the days leading up to testing.
  • Avoid having too much caffeine. Having a few large coffees before the test is a bad idea, and not just because of having to ask for a bathroom break during the exam. Having the caffeine jitters can distract your focus and lead to a poorer performance than you normally would experience. Speaking of which…
  • Go to the bathroom before you walk in the testing room. ‘Nuff said.
  • Dress in layers. Ok, not the MOST important tip, but if you are too hot or too cold during the test you will be distracted, as well. Having a sweater to put on or a t-shirt to strip down to will help regulate your body temp. Besides, testing environments are typically on the cool side.
  • Bring plenty of writing implements. 2 sharpened pencils and 2 pens? That should do, but have a few others just to be safe. Don’t forget your erasers, too.

 

The Day of the Test Test

As for taking your test, here are 6 good tips to remember on all tests you take.

  1. Read your instructions carefully. If you have any questions about the directions, ask the testing proctor.
  2. Make notes only in places allowable (scratch paper, for example). The directions will tell you where.
  3. Carefully read each question and every answer choice. Make sure you know what the question IS asking, not what you THINK it is asking.
  4. Don’t spend too much time on one question. If you are taking a while to answer one question, skip it and make a note of which question it was so you can come back to it. MAKE SURE you skip that space on your answer sheet.
  5. If you finish early, don’t just put your head down. Go back and make sure you answered each question as you intended, and that you did not mislabel your answers (such as being off by one).

AP US History and Shakespeare

Thursday, October 31st, 2013

USATestprep is happy to announce the addition of many new and exciting reviews.

A.P. United States History:-This is a comprehensive review of the current structure of the test, complete with four full multiple choice tests, four essay tests, as well as the a database of activities that you have come to expect from USATestprep.

Shakespeare Reviews: We offer reviews over four of his most popular works-

  • Hamlet, Prince of Denmark
  • Julius Caesar
  • Macbeth
  • Romeo and Juliet

 

Please see the pricing page for subscription information in your state, and do not hesitate to email or call us for more information.

A New Look!

Wednesday, September 4th, 2013

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!

 

New: Quiz Builder 2.0

Wednesday, June 19th, 2013

We have just completed a new version of our Quiz Builder.  Whats new about it?

Printer Friendly: You can create printable review quizzes of up to 30 questions for your class.

Choose Domains: You can choose to quiz on a single domain of questions or across multiple domains.

QB1

 

Choose Questions: You can now choose specific questions from the USATestprep database.

QB2

 

Save Quizzes: Quizzes you create are saved, meaning you have access to them later.

QB3

 

 

To find the new quiz builder, just log in and go to your test subject page. You’ll see it under the “Print Resources” section.

QB4

 

Let us know what you think!

Testing Tips

Thursday, April 18th, 2013

Each year around “testing season”,  we offer some basic- but tried and true- advice on taking tests.  We post these daily on Facebook in April, but we thought we’d share them in their entirety here. Feel free to share and to offer some tips of your own.

  •  Don’t cram. It sounds painful and it can be counter-productive. Instead, review plenty in the days and weeks before the test. Depending on when you read this and when you test is scheduled, that may not be possible. If that’s the case, do the best you can, but remember about the cramming….
  • Get plenty of sleep the night before. Get to bed in order to ensure that you get 8 hours of restful sleep prior to going into the test. It would also help to exercise the evening before to get some of the stress out of your system.
  • Eat a good breakfast. This does NOT mean lots of sugar, donuts, candy bars, etc. It does mean something that is packed with protein.
  • Drink plenty of water. This is really something you need to do for a few days leading up to the event. On a similar note…
  • Avoid having too much caffeine. Having a few large coffees before the test is a bad idea, and not just because of having to ask for a bathroom break during the exam. Having the caffeine jitters can distract your focus and lead to a poorer performance than you normally would experience.
  • Go to the bathroom before you walk in the testing room. ‘Nuff said.
  • Dress in layers. Ok, not the MOST important tip, but if you are too hot or too cold during the test you will be distracted. Having a sweater to put on or a t-shirt to strip down to will help regulate your body temperature. Besides, testing environments are typically on the cool side.
  • Bring plenty of writing implements. 2 sharpened pencils and 2 pens? That should do, but have a few others just to be safe. Don’t forget your erasers, too.

 

And as for actually TAKING the test:

  • Read your instructions carefully. If you have any questions about the directions, ask the testing proctor.
  • Make notes only in places allowable (scratch paper, for example). The directions will tell you where.
  • Carefully read each question and every answer choice. Make sure you know what the question IS asking, not what you THINK it is asking.
  • Don’t spend too much time on one question. If you are taking a while to answer one question, skip it and make a note of which question it was so you can come back to it. MAKE SURE you skip that space on your answer sheet.
  • If you finish early, don’t just put your head down. Go back and make sure you answered each question as you intended, and that you did not mislabel your answers (such as being off by one).

 

GOOD LUCK!

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