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New Products for Indiana

December 3rd, 2012 Kirby

USATestprep is certainly not taking the holidays off. We are proud to announce new and updated products for Indiana High Schools.

  • Integrated Chemistry and Physics CAA
  • Physics CAA
  • Chemistry CAA
  • Earth and Space Science CAA
  • English 11 CAA
  • English 12 CAA

If you are subscribed to one of these updated products, you will automatically get the new version with no charge. If you do not subscribe to any of these but would like a free trial, just give us a call.

And more is on the way….

Quick Tips: Merge Student Accounts

November 8th, 2012 Kirby

Sometimes when a student forgets his or her username or password, they’ll just create a new account. This is a bad idea for them and for you as their teacher. When students create a second/third/eleventh account, they will most likely not be receiving any assignments you create for them. Why? You only know about their first/original account. As a result, they’ll lose any credit you would give them for completing their work. Additionally, multiple accounts makes tracking student performance more difficult for teachers and administrators. Fortunately, there are a few things that anyone with Admin access can to if a student has already created more than one account.

From the Admin tab on your home page, you can manually merge the multiple accounts of a student into one account. Simply locate a student that has more than one account (1) and click the orange “Merge” button next to the account you want to keep (2). [Note: this is usually the one with the oldest login.]

 

Then, click the name of the account (3) you want to merge INTO the account at the top (the one you chose to keep). Then hit the green “Merge Students” button (4).

 

You’re done! You’ll notice that the student now has just one account.

 

BUT, if you have many students with multiple accounts, there is a way to do this more quickly. Click the “Student Merge Suggestor” at the top of the Students tab.

 

Our system will immediately display any student accounts with identical student names and group them together. The student account in orange (5) represents the account that will be kept. The other multiple accounts for that student will be merged into that account displayed in orange. Click the green “Merge Students” button and you’re done.

 

This is a great way to clean up your student accounts quickly and without losing any data.

Elementary Social Studies Reviews for South Carolina

October 31st, 2012 Kirby

We are happy to announce the completion of Elementary Social Studies reviews for South Carolina. 4th and 5th Grade PASS Social Studies is available for purchase. Each are available at the low price of $225 per subject. Remember: that includes an unlimited number of users and usages for a 12-month period.

If you are interested in a free trial, you can sign up on our site!

VA SOL Updates

October 29th, 2012 Kirby

USATestprep is happy to announce the release our updated reviews  for VA SOL Earth Science and Chemistry. These both reflect the 2012 standards. If you already subscribe to the previous versions, you automatically receive the new versions free of charge.

If you don’t currently subscribe to either but would like a free trial, just email or call us.

Quick Tips: Eliminating Answers

October 25th, 2012 Kirby

Did you know that when you create a benchmark test you can have our system automatically eliminate an incorrect answer?

This option can be found in Step 2 of the Benchmark process.

 

By default, the “Number of Answers per Question” option is set at 4, but you can change this is a simple mouse click. If you choose to have three answers per question, when students take the test they will see one answer already eliminated for them.

 

 

Additionally, students can always choose to eliminate answers on any test they take. This can be helpful when students want to narrow their own choices for a question. Simply directing the mouse an answer choice will highlight that choice. To the right of an answer is the “Eliminate” link.

Clicking this will eliminate the answer for the student, which will be represented by the answer being “grayed out” with a line through it. The answer can easily be reactivated by clicking the “Reactivate” link.

 

These options can help both teachers and students improve scores and reduce test-taking anxieties.

Quick Tips: Sharing a Benchmark Test

October 19th, 2012 Kirby

When you create a Benchmark test, keep in mind that you can always share that benchmark test with other teachers in your school.

 

To share a benchmark test, simply change the “Teacher” option in the first step- “1 Enter Teacher Info”- when you create a benchmark test. Change your name to “Shared Benchmark- Allow Students to Choose” from the drop down menu. When a benchmark is created with this option in place, any teacher who has chosen that test subject- American History, Algebra, etc.- will be able to have the results of the benchmark sent to them should a student choose. This is perfect for department or school-wide review.

 

As always, this topic and many others are covered in the  “How To” videos located on your teacher Home page.

 

New and Updated Reviews

October 15th, 2012 Kirby

We’re rolling out a bunch of new material this October, reflecting many weeks and months of review and authoring.

  • Alabama ARMT +: CCSS for ELA and Math (Grades 6-8)
  • Nevada HSPE: Math & Reading
  • Oklahoma OC3: World Geography (7th Grade), US History (8th Grade), US History (11th Grade)
  • Virginia SOL – Reading & Biology

If you already subscribe to the previous versions, then you will automatically receive the updated review. But don’t worry: we’re keeping the previous version around, as well.

Quick Tips: Videos Not Playing?

October 11th, 2012 Kirby

It is unlikely to happen, but if you ever go to watch a video on the site and find that it won’t work, there are a few things you can do on your end to troubleshoot. Here are a few tips:

  • If you are experiencing 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.

Quick Tips: Autograde Override

October 4th, 2012 Kirby

Last year, as every year, we gathered feedback from teachers and received a “wish list” of ideas for the site. Towards the top of that list was the ability to have video comprehension questions graded automatically. This fall, we have that. Still, there are only so many alternative answers we can think up as answers to those comprehension questions.

Now, you have the ability to override answers that have already been autograded. Here is how you do it.

1. Go to the Student Results tab.

2. Find the video and click the orange Edit button.

 

3. To change a grade, click the drop down menu. You can choose to keep it as Incorrect, change it to Correct, or give Half Credit. You can then scroll down (not pictured) and leave any comments you wish (if you wish). Click the green Submit Grade button and you’re done. The changes have been applied.

 

We know this help alleviate any uncertainty your students may have about their results. We will, of course, continue to edit the question answers. Students and teachers can always give us feedback about this by clicking on the Question Feedback button.

Even MORE Common Core!

October 3rd, 2012 Kirby

As you know, we recently completed our dedicated reviews for the new Common Core State Standards. We custom built these resources from the ground up over the past year to accurately match the CCSS. In addition the states we mentioned previously on this blog, we now offer reviews in English, Math, Reading, and Science for these following states:

  • Rhode Island
  • South Carolina
  • Tennessee
  • Utah
  • Vermont
  • Washington
  • Wisconsin
  • Wyoming

Each of our reviews features the same variety of resources and activities that your students have come to learn from and enjoy. However, these are now aligned to the CCSS. As more information becomes available about the PARCC and SBAC assessments, our reviews will adapt with this information.

For pricing information, please head to our Pricing Page. For a free trial, just give us call.

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