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New Features!

Thursday, March 8th, 2012

We’ve just added a few new features to USATestprep that you should know about.

We’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, you’ve always been able to merge a student’s multiple accounts as an Account Admin. Now our “Student Merge Suggestor” 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.

New Avatars!

Wednesday, March 7th, 2012

We’ve just added lots of new avatars for teachers and students.

Users can now choose from a devious Rat, a conniving T-Rex, two new Teacher options (but only for teachers), a Chicken Overlord, a hungry Caterpillar, and a beautiful Butterfly. And a few of these will even be featured prominently featured in a new game that we will release in the coming weeks.

Stay tuned!

Videos Now Available on iOS

Tuesday, March 6th, 2012

Exciting news: all of our review videos are now iOS compatible. This means you can view them from your iPhone or iPad, either through our mobile site- m.usatestprep.com- or by accessing our full website with your iPhone or iPad. We hope you enjoy this newest enhancement!

Quick Tips: Nightly Emails

Thursday, February 2nd, 2012

All student scores can be found at any time on USATestprep by looking at one of three tabs on your Home page: Student Results, Benchmarks, or Assignments.


However, you can ALSO get notifications of student results sent to you via email each night. All you need to do is click the “Receive Nightly Email Summary” option at the bottom of the Student Results tab.


This program runs from our servers in the early morning hours when most users are asleep. It works to keep you updated daily on your students’ activities. You’ll probably notice that it is unchecked by default, so you will need to recheck it if you would like to take advantage of this option.

US History EOC for Louisiana

Thursday, January 12th, 2012

USATestprep is proud to announce the addition of a new product for our Louisiana subscribers.

Louisiana US History EOC reflects the new standards that will replace the GEE. If you are interested in a free trial, please contact us and we will be happy to assist you.

We’ve Gone Mobile!

Monday, January 9th, 2012

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!

Tennessee TCAP

Friday, January 6th, 2012

USATestprep is happy to announce an updated version of one of our popular TCAP products.

Tennessee TCAP Social Studies (2011) reflects the updated standards created by the state Department of Education. If you are already a subscriber to the previous TCAP Social Studies, you should already be subscribed to the new version as well. If you have any questions about this or would like a free trial, please contact us. You can also click here to subscribe!

Quick Tips: Adding New Students

Thursday, January 5th, 2012
Inevitably, you’ll have to add or remove students to or from an existing class. The start of a new grading period is a pretty likely time for this. Fortunately, student management is a pretty easy task.

 

From your Classes tab, click “Manage Class” on the right.


 

Then, click the green “Add/Remove Students” button on the right.

 

On the new window you will see existing Students in This Class. If you see a student that is no longer in this class, you can remove him or her from the list by clicking on the red “X”. To add students, you have a few options: 1) you can click on the letter that corresponds to their last name, 2) you can click “Advanced Search” to search for their specific first or last name, or 3) you can click any students that are listed in the field below the alphabetic list. Whichever method you use, click the “+Add” link to place them in your class.


 

You will then have the option of having the system give each added student the assignments you previously created. If you want to do this, either click the “All” link or click the box next to each assignment. To skip this, click “Continue without adding assignments.”

 

After that… you’re done!

 

If a student has never used USATestprep before, he/she will need to have an account created before he/she can be added. Please refer to our earlier Blog entry about doing this, or check out our How To Videos from your Home page.

Quick Tips: Videos

Monday, December 5th, 2011

Sometimes you may pull up a video that won’t work for you. When this happens, it is really best to check things on your end. Here are a few tips:

- If this is on a school computer, check with the IT department before doing anything.
- Make sure you have updated your web browser (Internet Explorer, Safari, Firefox, etc.) to the latest version.
- Check that you have the latest version of Adobe Flash on the computer.
- If you are attempting to use this on a mobile phone or iPad the videos will not work because they do not support Adobe Flash.

Please let us know if you are still having problems.

Quick Tips: Your Account Information

Thursday, December 1st, 2011

Looking for information about your school’s USATestprep account? Its all right there: from your Home page just click on your school’s name to the right of your avatar.



Here you can look at many aspects of your school’s USATestprep account. You can view your school’s School ID and Activation Codes and your total usage, for this year an the previous year.



You can also see which tests are being used most often.



Your renewal dates are at your fingertips, as well.



And you can view who your school’s primary contacts are for USATestprep. If you are an Account Admin at your school, you can also edit these from this page.

We hope this helps you locate important school-wide usage data quickly. If you have any questions, please email or call us.

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