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AP United States History… and more!

Wednesday, October 22nd, 2014

We are happy to announce even more reviews are complete and ready for you and your students. Much like when we were in the classroom, our work is never done, so check out these new products!

Advanced Placement

  • AP U.S. History (updated 2014 standards)

Alabama

  • Grade 8 World History
  • United States Government

Nevada

  • Algebra I (NACS)
  • Geometry (NACS)

New Mexico

  • US History

North Carolina

  • Grade 8 Social Studies (NCES)

As always, if you’re interested in purchasing or if you would like a FREE trial, just give us a call or an email.

Even More New Products!!

Tuesday, October 14th, 2014

We are excited to announce the completion of 11 new test reviews.

Kentucky

  • 8th Grade Social Studies (KCAS)

Illinois

  • English III (ILS)

Mississippi

  • Compacted Math Grade 7 (CCRS)
  • Compacted Math Grade 8 (CCRS)
  • Integrated Math (CCRS)
  • Integrated Math II (CCRD)

New Mexico

  • Algebra I (NMCCSS)
  • Algebra II (NMCCSS)
  • Integrated Math III (NMCCSS)

North Carolina

  • Math III (CCSS)

Wisconsin

  • Social Studies (WMAS)

If you are interested in purchasing any of these products or if you would like a FREE 7-day trial, just give us a call or an email.

More on the way….

Temporary Outage

Thursday, October 2nd, 2014

If you had a hard time logging on today around 11am (EDT), here is the reason why. An offsite issue may have impacted some of our subscribers for about 45 minutes. Its good to know, though, that they were hard at work to get usage back to normal.

Latest Test Reviews

Monday, September 22nd, 2014

‘ Plenty of new (or new and improved) things to talk about. Be sure to check out these new offerings with USATestprep. If you’re interested in subscribing, be sure to check out our Subscription page. If you’d like a FREE trial, just email or call us!

 

Arizona (High School)

  • Algebra I (AZCCRS)
  • Geometry (AZCCRS)
  • Integrated Math (AZCCRS)
  • Algebra II (AZCCRS)
  • English I (AZCCRS)
  • English II (AZCCRS)
  • English III (AZCCRS)
  • English IV (AZCCRS)

 

Arkansas (High School)

  • Algebra I (CCSS)
  • Geometry (CCSS)
  • Algebra II (CCSS)

 

Colorado (High School)

  • Algebra I (CAS)
  • Geometry (CAS)
  • Grade 9 Reading and Writing
  • Grade 10 Reading and Writing
  • Grade 11 Reading and Writing

 

Mississippi (High School)

  • Integrated Math III (CCRS)

 

Ohio (High School)

  • American History (ONLS)
  • American Government (ONLS)

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).
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