USATestprep Blog

New Features

February 8th, 2013 Kirby

We are proud to announce some important new features to help you and your students.

TEACHER MONTHLY SCHOOL USAGE REPORT
Login and edit your account settings under your avatar to receive this monthly email of your school’s activity. You will see logins and teacher and student usage data. We also have several new email options to choose from.

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PARENT WEEKLY PROGRESS REPORT 

Students may register to send a weekly summary of their USATestprep progress to their parents. They simply login and edit their account settings to sign up. Parents must confirm the registration.

 

STUDENT VERSION OF TEAM PROJECTOR GAMES
Two or more students can now login and compete against each other on our updated student versions of Time Bus and Battle Royale. Only one computer/tablet is needed to play this game.

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COMMON CORE COMPLETE
USATestprep is now happy to offer a complete line of review products aligned to the Math and Language Arts CCSS. We just added our elementary product to our current middle and high school CCSS review products. Let us know if you are interested in a free trial to review any of these.

 

 

Quick Tips: Adding New Students

January 31st, 2013 Kirby

At the start of a new semester you might find that you have to add or remove students to or from an existing class. Fortunately, student management is a pretty easy task.

From your Classes tab, find the class you need to add students to, then click “Manage Class” on the right

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On the new window, click the green “Edit Class” button on the right.

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If need be, you can edit the name of the class or the test subjects associated with that class. Whether or not you make changes, click the green “Continue” button when ready.

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On the next screen you will see “Students in This Class” on the left. To remove  (1) a student from your class, click the red X.  You have a few choices to add students. You can (2) click the “Suggest” button. This will create a list of students that have reported scores to you in the past 12 months. You can also (3) click on any letter of the alphabet to see student accounts sorted by last name. Or you can (4) click the “+ Search” link to search for students by their first or last name. Regardless of the option you choose, to add as student to your class, click the blue “+ Add” link (5). When finished, click the green “Save and Close” button.

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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.

NC READY Algebra II & Geometry

January 30th, 2013 Kirby

We have recently added READY Algebra II and READY Geometry to our reviews for North Carolina. All current subscribers of Algebra II EOC and Geometry now have access to READY Algebra II and READY Geometry.

If you do not currently subscribe to either of these and would like to add either or both, please give us a call or an email.  We can have this service available within 24 hours of receiving your credit card or purchase order.  We can also provide you with a pro-rated price so all your expiration dates match.

Also, if you already have an account and would like a Free 10-day trial, let us know.

We look forward to hearing from you.

South Carolina Middle School CCSS

January 30th, 2013 Kirby

USATestprep’s reviews for CCSS subjects for South Carolina Middle School are now complete. We are pleased to release the following:

  • 6th Grade ELA
  • 6th Grade Math
  • 7th Grade ELA
  • 7th Grade Math
  • 8th Grade ELA
  • 8th Grade Math

 

If you would like to add any of our CCSS products to your current subscription, please call or email us.  We can have this service available within 24 hours of receiving your credit card or purchase order.  We can also provide you with a pro-rated price so all your expiration dates match.

Also, if you already have an account and would like a Free 10-day trial, let us know. If you are not a current subscriber, just click the Free Trial tab on our Home page.

We look forward to hearing from you.

More New Products

January 24th, 2013 Kirby

We are happy to announce the release of new products in four states.

Indiana High School:

  • Economics CAA

Minnesota:

  • Science MCA-III
  • Grade to Reading MCA-III
  • Grade 11 Mathematics MCA-III

New Jersey:

  • Geometry (CCSS)

Kentucky High School:

  • Biology EOC
  • US History EOC

Kentucky Middle School:

  • Grade 6 K-PREP Mathematics
  • Grade 6 K-PREP Reading
  • Grade 7 K-PREP Mathematics
  • Grade 7 K-PREP Reading
  • Grade 8 K-PREP Mathematics
  • Grade 8 K-PREP Reading

If you live in any of these states and already subscribe to USATestprep, just call or email us for a Free Trial for 10 days.

If you are not currently a subscriber and would like Free Trial, just click on the “Free Trial” banner from our Home page, or you can call or email us.

Quick Tips: Sharing a Class

January 17th, 2013 Kirby

If you are the primary teacher of a class, you can now share access to that class with another teacher who uses USATestprep. This feature was created to help team teaching environments.

To share a class with another teacher, go to your Classes tab, find the class (in this case “1st  Period” and click the green “Manage Class” button on the right.

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You can either click the “Secondary Teacher: Select Teacher” link or click the green “Edit Class” button.  In either case, you will be asked if you want to share your class with another teacher. Here is the view from seeing it by choosing the “Secondary Teacher: Select Teacher” link…

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… and the “Edit Class” link.

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Once you choose who you want to share your class with, be sure to confirm and save your changes. When finished, you can go back to the Classes tab on your Home page. There you will see a pink S  next to the class you have shared with another teacher. In this example, you can also see a grayed-out class with an S next to it. That is a class that has been shared WITH you. Any “shared” teacher will be able to view class gradebook, report card, and other class functionality. All student data is reported to the primary teacher and the shared teacher will not be able to create assignments for the class.

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We heard your voice when asking for this new feature and have worked to make it a reality. If you have any feedback on this, please do not hesitate to let us know.

Quick Tips: Looking for Student Results?

December 20th, 2012 Kirby

When your students do work for you on USATestprep, you can always find their results under the “Student Results” tab on your Home page.

Or can you?

What if you get a notification that there are no results?

 

The system automatically loads the first 10 results over the last week, so if it has been more than seven days since students have completed work for you on the site you will not see anything. Just click, “See More Results” (1) for searching options.

 

You can search for results in a myriad of ways: by student (2), class (3), activity (4), test (5), current or archived (6), and- perhaps most importantly- by date (7). You can choose a predetermined time frame- last month, 3 months, etc- or within a specific date range. Once you have made your choice, click the “Go” button.

 

You will then see the results for the students/activities/date range you have chosen. Still don’t see the result you’re looking for? Note that at the bottom of the results (8) you can see how many result pages there are. You can change the number of results you see per page, as well.

And if you want to manipulate them further, you can click the heading of any column will sort the results by that category. Of course, you can View assignment results and Archive (9) ones that are old and you want hidden from view. (Don’t worry: you’ll still have access to them.) At the bottom of the results you also have another option. You can choose to have all results sent to you in a nightly email (10) simply by clicking the box to the left of that option. This report will be run in the middle of the night and send to the email address you have associated with your account.

 

These options should help you keep a better track of your students’ performance in your classes. Let us know if you have any suggestions or comments.

Quick Tip: Instant Messages

December 13th, 2012 Kirby

Instant Messages

You’ve probably already used our Message system- if you haven’t be sure to check out the How To Video or previous Blog entries- but you may not know about our ne Instant Messaging system.

You can send a Message to students currently online the same way that you would a traditional Message. But to make it an Instant Message, click the “Instant Message” option (1). You can also see which students are currently online (2), so you can tailor your message to that individual should the need arise.

 

After you send it, the selected online student will receive it automatically.

 

As with regular Messages, students cannot initiate communication with you OR with other students. Students can only reply to a message from their teacher if that teacher chooses “Allow Students to Reply” as an option.

More New Products!

December 10th, 2012 Kirby

USATestprep is happy to announce the addition of new test reviews.

For Indiana we have added U.S. History CAA and U.S. Government CAA.

For Kentucky we now offer seven new products:

  • Algebra II EOC
  • English 10 EOC
  • Reading 10 EOC
  • ACT English
  • ACT Mathematics
  • ACT Reading
  • ACT Science

If you teach in Indiana or Kentucky, be sure to sign up for free trial. If you do not already have a subscription, just click on the “Free Trial” button. If you already subscribe to other products, just give us a call or an email.

Quick Tips: Group Assignments

December 6th, 2012 Kirby

USATestprep has received requests from teachers for a way to create many assignments all at once. The wait is over. We have come up with a system that will do just that. We have an excellent “Group Assignments” video on our “How To” section, but here are a few of the most important points.

When you click on the “Create New Assignment” link from the “Assignments Tab,” you will have a choice to create a Single Assignment or a Group Assignment. Either type can be made for an entire class, selected students, or a single student.

 

Give your Group a title (1), and choose the appropriate test subject (2). Next choose which Tests (3) and/or Practice activities  (4) you would like to assign. (NOTE: If you wish to assign a Benchmark Test you must first create that test.) You do not HAVE to assign both. If you wish to only assign Practice activities, skip the Tests(s) section, and vice versa. In this example, we will only assign Practice activities.

After you choose your Domain (5), you will see the Elements listed below. Check the boxes for the kinds of activities you would like to assign. Choose as many or as few as you would like. (6)

 

For some activities- such as Skill Work, Videos, Puzzles, and Games- you may see a new window pop up. You will need to choose which activity/activities you would like to assign. You can select all with one click by choosing ”Select All” (A), or you can choose them individually (B). You can always reset the choices quickly by clicking ”Uncheck All” (C). Be sure to click the green “Save and Close” button (D) when you’re done.

 

 

When you’ve completed this process, you’ll see the all the assignment types checked next (7) for the appropriate the Elements, as well as the number of types of assignments you have chosen (8). You can always edit this by clicking on that assignment type. If you want to assign another Domain practice, you can always click on the “Add More Practice” link. (9) To go to the last step, click the green “Continue” button. (10)

 

The last step has you choosing your settings. To move the order of assignments, simply drag the assignment (11) up or down. Then, choose a start date and an end date (12) for the assignments. They can all be the same or you can set them for different dates. However, students will ONLY be able to complete the assignments in the order you have set for them. You can make any other changes in the last three columns should you choose. Once you are done, click the green “Save Assignment” button at the bottom of the window…

 

and you’re through!

 

You can then see this Group listed in your Assignments tab. (13) Just click the “+” to expand the Group.

 

As for your students, they’ll see a message in their Messages tab, but they’ll also see the group (14) in their Assignments tab. Notice that they can only complete them in the order you have set.(15)

 

We know you will love this new feature. For more information, be sure to watch the “Group Assignment” video in the “How To” section, and don’t hesitate to call or email us.

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