USATestprep Blog

New Florida Elementary Reviews

June 5th, 2014 Kirby

Yesterday we unveiled new reviews for Florida Middle School. Well, now its Elementary’s turn!

We are happy to announce six new reviews for Florida Elementary Schools. We now offer LAFS for 3rd, 4th, and 5th Grade Language Arts, as well as for 3rd, 4th, and 5th Grade Mathematics. These, too, replace the FCAT 2.0 reviews. If you are interested in subscribing to any or all of these or if you would like a free 7 day trial, please do not hesitate to email or call us.

New Florida Middle School Reviews

June 4th, 2014 Kirby

USATestprep is happy to announce six new reviews for Florida’s Middle Schools. We now offer LAFS for 6th, 7th, and 8th Grade Language Arts, as well as for  6th, 7th, and 8th Grade Mathematics. These replace the FCAT 2.0 reviews. If you are interested in subscribing or would like a free 7 day trial, please do not hesitate to email or call us.

Advanced Algebra (CCGPS)

May 30th, 2014 Kirby

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.

AP US History, 2014

May 15th, 2014 Kirby

We’ve gotten a few calls and emails about the new AP United States History format for the 2014-2015 school year. We are already at work on getting a new review set up to reflect the changes in the new curriculum. We will have this completed in time for the 2014 school year.

In the mean time… good luck during these last few weeks!

Merging Students?

May 12th, 2014 Kirby

STOP

This message is for all you Admins out there: Merging Accounts may not mean what you think it means. When you merge two accounts you are combining all of the data from the multiple sources and putting them into just one. This is meant to help you streamline a situation in which you may have 1 user with 2 or more accounts.

Sometimes Admins try to help out by merging accounts of people who teach the same subject, but do NOT do this! We do NOT advise merging two different users into one account because the merge process is irreversible. If you merge two different users into one account, the data will not be able to be separated back out.

Before merging teacher accounts, it’s advisable to double check before you click that merge button. So- to paraphrase a popular carpentry adage-  check twice, merge once.

Testing Season

April 21st, 2014 Kirby

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).

Finding Assignments and Benchmarks

April 3rd, 2014 Kirby

Maybe this has happened to you. You’ve created an Assignment or a Benchmark Test a while back and you want to take a look at it… but it just isn’t there. You don’t see it anywhere on either the Assignments tab or the Benchmarks tab.

No need to worry. You can look a little further back in time by changing the display option on both pages. In the image below, “A” represents the pages of results you have based on the number of pages being displayed at the time (“B”). You can always change “B” as well to show 20, 50, or 100 items at a time.

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So don’t panic: it’s still there, even if you don’t see it right away!

Spring Break Is Upon Us!

March 28th, 2014 Kirby

Well, some schools may be powering through thanks to “Old Man Winter” and his tricks this year. If you ARE fortunate enough to still have time off, this hint is for you.

Many teachers ask their students to use USATestprep over the holiday breaks. However, some students- not yours, of course- don’t know their password when they head out the door on Friday afternoon. You can always print off your students’ password information for them so they’ll be sure to have it handy. Just click the Manage Class button for your class.

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Then, click on the blue Password Cards button to print out a password card for each individual student.

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If your students do not yet have accounts, you can give them the Account ID and the Student Activation Code. This information can always be found by clicking on your school name from your teacher Home page.

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AP US History

March 24th, 2014 Kirby

Its almost time for AP testing, but we’ve got you covered.

AP US History review is available from USATestprep. We offer a review database of over 1,700 questions, as well as 4 practice tests with 4 sets of Free Response Questions. If you’re interested in subscribing, or just have questions, be sure to call or email us for more information. We’re happy to help!

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Addressing Weak Areas

March 13th, 2014 Kirby

If you need to have students work on their weakest areas, just look for dots.

Well, dots on USATestprep, anyway.

Whenever you see a green, yellow, or red dot next to student results, theres a good chance that clicking that dot will create an assignment for the students in your classes based on that specific standard.

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Be sure you have classes created, of course, in order to get the full effect of this effective and time-saving feature. More information can be found in our Manual and Help Videos, or you can give us a call.

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