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.
- 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).
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.
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.
Then, click on the blue Password Cards button to print out a password card for each individual student.
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.
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!
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.
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.
March 7th, 2014 Kirby
Have you seen our new Benchmark features?
You can now add Skill Work Activities and Free Response questions to the Benchmark tests you create on USATestprep.
You can also pick the specific questions you want to include on your Custom Benchmark.
Be sure to watch our videos on creating your own Benchmark test with our new, improved system!
AP US History and Shakespeare
October 31st, 2013 Kirby
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
- 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!
September 4th, 2013 Kirby
You’ve probably noticed a new look when you log in to USATestprep.
Don’t worry: this is a kind of “face lift.” Everything is still in its place, just where it was before.
Students will notice the same changes in colors.
But just like with teachers, everything remains in the same place.
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.”
We’re excited about these cosmetic changes. We know you’ll like them, too!
July 16th, 2013 Kirby
Teachers can now easily print out Flashcards for all of our vocabulary terms.
When you log in, just go to your subject-specific page and look for “Flashcards” under the Print Resources heading.
Then, choose the domain within your subject and the terms you wish to include. You can click one box to select them all, or you can choose them individually. When you’re finished, click the green “Load Flashcards” button…
And they’re generated. Each sheet of flashcards will contain six terms, allowing the cards to be read comfortably by students.
Please let us know if you have any question about this helpful new feature.
New: Quiz Builder 2.0
June 19th, 2013 Kirby
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.
Choose Questions: You can now choose specific questions from the USATestprep database.
Save Quizzes: Quizzes you create are saved, meaning you have access to them later.
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.
Let us know what you think!