Our diagnostic tests are the #1 resource on the site. Students receive a different test every time they take it and the results may be stored or sent via email to the teacher. They also provide instant feedback on missed questions and the weak and strong content areas of each student.
We decided we wanted to make our #1 feature even better!
1) A student may take a test and then re-test missed questions. This feature was one requested by a student. The cumulative results page will show the student’s original test stats and combined stats based on their re-test performance.
2) Full html rendered versions of missed questions may now be viewed via email by the teacher. This is a huge visual improvement. Before teachers could see missed questions but not the images used in the question. Now they can see both.
3) Stored student test results now contain test stats AND missed questions. Before, the only way for a teacher to view missed questions was via a printout or email results.
4) Teachers may export and aggregate data of a class or multiple student tests to CSV or Excel format. Student data analysis has never been this easy or powerful!
Something new, something different – all based on your specific content area! USATestprep, in conjunction with WordForge, has developed interactive crossword puzzles and wordfind puzzles. Both of these games allow your students to connect key vocabulary words to their definition. In the crossword, students type in their terms based on a definition. In the wordfind, they highlight terms that apply to given definitions. It’s all online, interactive, based on your specific content areas, and a fun, new way to review.
We recently reset the high score boards. We discovered our game had some loop holes to allow players to cheat. Nobody likes that. We have made some edits to the game and cleared all the boards.
We have heard a lot of positive feedback on the games. Please contact us if you have any suggestions.
This past week we finally launched a brand new version of the site. You will notice a graphic design change as well as many other changes throughout the entire site. We are constantly adding new user suggested features. So please keep submitting your suggestions.
We will be posting detailed descriptions of these new features in future blog posts.
Also, if you find any bugs in the new system please tell us.
Yesterday, a South Carolina subscriber mentioned that the font for our crossword puzzle answer keys was too small. We are in the process of building new SC puzzles to correct this problem. It will be completed by the end of the day today.
If any other subscriber finds other problems with a USATestprep crossword, please contact us. We will address the problem within 24 hours.
A personal thanks to Mary O’Dell and Taminika Shadd!
Recently, USATestprep analyzed the scores from the Alabama High School Graduation Exam (AHSGE) and found that, in every subject, users who purchased a subscription saw higher gains than the state average. Scores were compared between 2005 and 2006 in Math, ELA, Science and Social Studies. High Schools were chosen that added their subscription between the two major spring test administrations.
Early this week some of our subscribers experienced a problem with our tests and quizzes. Some students were getting empty quiz and test results after they hit submit. We apologize to those students and teachers.
We analyzed and corrected this problem. Without getting too technical, the error was a result of moving to the new server last weekend. We are confident the problem is corrected and you will not experience it again. If you ever run into any technical or content problems, please let us know immediately. We strive to maintain a quality, user-friendly website and highly value all customer feedback.
We would like to personally thank Jeffery Crane, Vicki Loess and Mary Boatright for helping us diagnose this problem.
We are pleased to announce that last weekend (Jan. 20-21) we took a proactive move and upgraded to a new, faster server. Our goal is to provide the fastest and most reliable web experience for our subscribers. Our old server was more than adequate, but we wanted to plan ahead for the upcoming testing season.
We would like to extend our thanks to our hosting company (AlphaOmegaHosting.com) for great service in our transition. If you are in the market for any type of web hosting, we highly recommend this company.
USATestprep v5.0 is now under development! We are very excited about improving the speed and quality of the site while adding new features for you and your students. Rest assured, we will not release this version until significant security and accessibility testing has been completed on it. We have many ideas for new features that we are still considering. However, if you can think of something that you would like to see added to help your students, there is plenty of time – please contact us. We would love to hear your ideas. Send your thoughts to email@example.com