Creating a class is an easy and necessary step in using USATestprep.Â By creating a class, you can not only assign students tasks- from the Assignments tab- but you can associate your name with a test subject.
Why is this important? By doing this simple step, students will be able to see your name from a pull down list when completing an activity such as a test, practice activities, or games. This will allow you to see their scores on all of these activities. If you ever hear a student say that they didnâ€™t see your name in such a list, this is the reason why.
To Create a new class:
1.Click the Classes tab.
2.Click the â€œCreate New Classâ€ link.
3.Then type in a name for your classâ€¦
4.â€¦and pick the test subjects that you want to associate with that class.
5.The final step is to add students to your class. (You do not have to do this in order to create a class, though: you can always add them later.) You can search for students who have created an account on USATestprep in a few ways. A) You can search by the first letter of their last name (click on the appropriate letter) or B) you can Search by typing in their first, last, or full name.
6.To add a student, just click â€œ+ Add.â€
7.You will see all enrolled students on the left.
8.Once you have added everyone, click the green Save and Close button. Youâ€™re done!
Just a reminder: Each August 1 we move around the data from the previous year in order to make the site run more smoothly. Here is what we do:
- All test results are archived (for 1 year).
- All practice and game results are deleted.
- All data deleted by teachers is permanently expunged.
- All data over 1 year old is expunged.
We do NOT:
- Delete classes.
- Delete students.
- Change teacher/account information.
If you need more information about this policy, simply click the â€œNeed Helpâ€ link at the top of any page, then the â€œDownloadsâ€ tab. Our â€œData Management Policyâ€ can be viewed, downloaded, and/or printed.
And of course, if you have any questions please let us know.
As you probably already know, there is much, much more to USATestprep than multiple choice questions. But if you havenâ€™t explored the other options, be sure to look at the Activities under the Print Resources section of your Test Subject page.
When you click on Activities, youâ€™ll see a wide range of worksheets that can be printed and used in your class. Clicking on the image of the worksheet will bring up the printable copy for you. Just below that, you can print off a key for your records, or give us any feedback about the activity. Have a worksheet or two that you think other students and teachers could use? Just click on the link on the right to see the Opportunities for selling us your worksheets!
You can always download student results and save them to your hard drive or your network.
When you look under your â€œStudent Resultsâ€ tab (1) on your Teacher Home page, you will see Export on the left. First, make sure you select the appropriate Class, Activity, Date range, and any other variables that are appropriate. Next, Choose which version of Excel you have on your computer (2), then click the Export button.
These results will automatically download to your computer. Depending on your computer settings, Excel may open automatically, but you might have to manually start it on your own. The results are sortable and editable to suit your needs. Of course, it helps to have some prior use of Excel, but this might be something to ask your I.T. department about.
Even though it goes without saying, weâ€™ll say it anyway: if you have any questions, just email or call us.
Ever see a question on USATestprep that you wanted to put on a benchmark test? Ever wanted to put your OWN questions on a benchmark test? Well, you can do both of those things by utilizing our â€œFavoritesâ€ feature.
This will automatically add the question to your Favorites tab on your teacher home page. Here you can see both the USATestprep question youâ€™ve tagged as favorites AND any questions of your own that youâ€™ve input.
Clicking on the My Questions link, will allow you to add your own questions on the site. Choose â€œAdd Questionâ€ and you start a 3 part step to adding a question. First, chose the Test Subject (1)you want the question to be a part of. Note: you must have already created a class that is associated with that test subject. Then choose the (2)standard with which the question will be associated. (Nomenclature in your state may vary from the example shown.) When finished, click the â€œContinueâ€ button.
Next, input your question. You can assign an image (1) to your question. Just click the box and upload your jpg, png, or gif file. If the question needs a prompt or a passage, input it in the (2) prompt box. The text of your question (3) goes in the next box, and the choices (4) can be input underneath. BE SURE to choose (5) the correct answerâ€¦ very important! If you want to include an explanation like other questions on USATestprep, input it (6) in the Explanation/Feedback box. You may also notice that you can use HTML tags by clicking on the (7) yellow HTML button. The button is associated specifically with the field to which it is adjacent. If you donâ€™t wish to do this, simple ignore them. Once youâ€™ve completed this step, click â€œReview Question.â€
â€¦ then choose (1) the â€œFavoritesâ€ tab on the next modal window. You will see relevant questions (2) youâ€™ve entered- and youâ€™ll also have access to USATestprep Questions (3) that youâ€™ve previously tagged. When see the question you want to insert, just click (4) the green â€œChoose Questionâ€ button.
You should note that when you create a question only YOU will have access to it. Yes, we store it for you, but no other teachers- not in any other school or even within your school- will be able to add it into their own benchmark tests, nor will it show up in their practice questions. Your question is only for you.
If you ever have any questions about this process, donâ€™t hesitate to lest us know.
Need to let your studentsâ€™ parents know about your schoolâ€™s USATestprep account? Would a reminder about reviewing for state testing be a good thing to let them know on the â€œhome frontâ€? Weâ€™ve got you covered.
On your Teacher Home page, you can print off two versions of our â€œParent Letters.â€ Just click the appropriately-named â€œParent Lettersâ€ link on the right.
You will see a pdf document for two options: a â€œWarmâ€ and a â€œSternâ€ letter.
Both say some of the same things, but while the â€œWarmâ€ letter simply lets the parents know about upcoming testing and your schoolâ€™s subscription to USATestprep, the â€œSternâ€ letter lets them know that their child has not been doing as well, and that remediation is paramount importance.
Each letter can be printed and handed out to the student(s). But if you would like to tweak or personalize the message, feel free to â€œcut-and-pasteâ€ the text into a word processing document and edit it as you see fit.
We hope this adds a layer of accountability and documentation to your efforts to prepare all of your students for their demanding tests.
Badges are a way to reward student activity and achievement on USATestprep. Some badges are assigned automatically by our system, but you can assign them to students, too.
In the first step, enter a title (1) for the badge and (2) a brief description. Next, choose the icon (3) you want to show up on the studentâ€™s Home page. (For this example, weâ€™ll use the four leaf clover.) Then, if youâ€™d like a specific start/end date, (4) pick them from the pop-up calendar. Otherwise, you can just choose to have it Display Indefinitely.
We hope your students like this feature as much as we liked getting gold stars on our papers backâ€¦ way backâ€¦ in the olden days!
Like us, if you ever watched any of the old Kung Fu movies that were so popular â€œback in the day,â€ youâ€™re probably familiar with the term â€œdojo.â€ If not, dojo refers to either a place of training or a set of training tools used in the martial arts. Though testing can sometimes seem like a contact sport, our dojo is meant to be slightly lessâ€¦ physical. Our Study Guide Dojo- accessible from the Print Resources section of your Test Subject page- is meant to provide your student(s) with a hard-copy guide of tasks to complete.
Here, (1) you can determine what activities you- the â€œSenseiâ€- would like (2) your student(s)- the â€œGrasshopperâ€- to complete. If you want to make a Dojo for the entire class, just leave the Grasshopper information blank. In the Documentation Requested section (3) you can choose how you would like their progress reported to you.
The Activities sections offers lots of choices. If you would like to have the system automatically and randomly select the activities for you, just click “USATestprep Quick Pick” (1) in the green box. But you will probably prefer to choose which tasks you would like to assign. Simply click from the choices available: (2) Tests, (3) Domain Tests, (4) Question Activities- â€œpracticeâ€ activities-, (5) Vocabulary Activities, (6) Online Crosswords, any of our (7) Games, and/or our (8) Skill Work activities. You can also specify (A) if you would like the student(s) to work on all standards in the subject, a specific standard,Â or their weakest standard. If youâ€™re asking them to complete a game you can (B) specify which game, and you can also specify which specific Skill Work you would like them to do (C).
Lastly, you can choose to have your student(s) complete any of our (1) printed activities. Since these printed activities are available only on the teacher side of USATestprep, you will have to print them a copy of these activities ahead of time. These can all be found in the Print Resources section of your Test Subject page. When youâ€™re finished choosing, just click â€œCreate Study Guide.â€ (2)
You then be able to view and print the Study Guide Dojo you just created.
A few last reminders:
- The dojo, however, is not permanently stored in the system, so be sure to make extra copies of it for your records.
- If you are giving a dojo to the entire class, the questions will vary from student to student, even if you are having them perform the same activities on the same standard. This is just like any other non-Benchmark test activity on the site.
- When students begin an activity, they should still have the option to report the scores to you. As long as you have already created a class and associated that class with the relevant Test Subject, they will see your name from a pull-down menu on the first step of the process.
You can always watch the How To video on the Study Guide Dojo, available under the â€œPrint Resourcesâ€ section of the How To Videos. If you have more questions, just give us a call or email.
USATestprep not only has a database of over 40,000 multiple choice questions. We also have many Free Response questions for High School English, Math, and many Science subjects.
To find these, look on your Test Subject page, in the Online Resources category. If your subject has them, they will be here:
When you click the link, you will see the Free Response topics we have within that test, sorted by your state standards. Clicking the symbol will expand those standards and reveal all of the topics we have. From here you can 1) Print a copy to hand to students to complete manually, 2) View and print an answer key, and 3) Assign the topic to your students to be completed online.
If you choose the Assign the topic, you will be taken through the Assignment process, just like you would if you were creating an Assignment from the Teacher Home Page. Be sure, in Step 2- Choose Assignmentâ€- to specify a point value at the bottom of the page. You can toggle the points from 1 to 100 by clicking the pull-down option.
The assignment will show up on your studentsâ€™ Home page, ready for completion. After it has been completed, you will be able to access it and grade it via the Assignments tab on your Home page.
The Free Response option will allow you to test your studentsâ€™ knowledge outside of the standard multiple choice arena. Please let us know if you have any questions or comments.
From time to time we all need a little assistance. If you ever need help using USATestprep, youâ€™ve got lots of options, and they can also be found on your Teacher Home page.
1. We have dozens of brief How-To Videos on the site. These look at specific tools and tasks found on the site, and are meant to instruct you quickly and easily.
2. Just below that is a Teacherâ€™s Manual that you can download and, if needed, print.
3. You can also click the Training link to look at our other options for helping your faculty use USATestprep.
Here, you will find many different opportunities for our staff to instruct you and your fellow teachers about the tools on USATestprep. From webinars to onsite training, weâ€™ve got you covered.
And, of course, you can email or call us. Weâ€™ll help you out!