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Quick Tips: Tournament Time

February 28th, 2013 Kirby

Its almost that time again: time for basketball tournaments to monopolize  sports- and news- headlines around the country. You can take advantage of the excitement by having your own tournament with our original two player game, SGKS: Super Graduation Kombat Smackdown. You can find it under the Games tab on either the Teacher or Student site in each test subject.

But you can also print out tournament-style brackets to make the game even more interesting. You can find this on your teacher Home page. Just look for “Tournament Brackets” on the right in yellow box.

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A pdf file will open up with tournament brackets for 4, 8, 16, and 32 players.

Bring out the competitive side of your students by using SGKS- or any of our games- and these brackets, not just in March but all year long!

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Quick Tips: Edit Account

February 21st, 2013 Kirby

At some point you may need to change something very basic in your account. You might decide to change your password during the year. Or maybe your school has changed your email address or you might want to change it to something else. Theses are very easy tasks that you can handle quickly.

Just look for the Edit Account link under your avatar on your Home page.

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You can alter your salutation, make any name changes, and insert a new email address. If you see a message like the one shown in the graphic (1), it means that emails sent to you have been rejected by your server.  You will definitely want to update your email and click the “Re-enable Emails” box.”

In addition to changing your other login information (Username, Password, etc) and changing your avatar (on the right), you can now change the email preferences (2) that allow communication to your email address. Here you can choose to have a nightly email summary of student activity sent to your inbox, receive announcements from USATestprep, get reports about your school’s monthly usage, and get expiration notices.

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BE SURE to click the green “Save Changes” button to apply any alterations you have made.

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Easy cheesy!

Quick Tips: Password Search

February 14th, 2013 Kirby

[Disclaimer: This would probably NEVER happen to YOUR students.]

Occasionally a student may forget his or her password. Any teacher with a USATestprep account can help a student if this happens.

 

From your Home page, click the “Student Password Search” link on the right side of the page.

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Next, simply type in the student’s name. It could be the student’s first name or last name.

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When you find the name, click the student’s name, then  the Search button. You will then see the Username and Password for the student you selected. You can even print a password card for them.

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So if you know anyone who ever experiences this trauma, you may want to let them know about this handy feature.

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.

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