The Starting Line
Your ePrep.com account includes access to all of your ePrep.com courses. In other words, your email address was used to create a single account that hosts all of your courses. From inside your account, you can toggle from one course to another whenever you want. Each ePrep.com course includes everything you'll need to maximize your test score, including printable practice tests, online answer sheets, detailed video explanations for every test question, and related subject lesson videos.
When you first log in to your account, one of your ePrep.com courses (e.g., SAT, ACT, PSAT, or PLAN) will be preselected and identified on the right side of your Home Room page. You may toggle to a different course by clicking the downward-pointing arrow (to the right of the current course name) and selecting a new course from the drop-down menu. Selecting a different course will cause ePrep.com to load new Home Room, Exam Room, and Study Hall pages, as appropriate. However, your work in the WordSmith vocabulary section is common across all of your ePrep.com courses. (If you have been assigned only one ePrep.com course, the name of that course only will appear on your Home Room page.)
All ePrep.com courses feature four (4) key sections. The following is a brief overview of each section and its purpose.
The Home Room section serves as the main dashboard, or command center, for each course. Within the Home Room, you can set up a study schedule, download and print tests, review assignments and recommended study lessons, view progress reports, create parent accounts, update account settings, and, if you are enrolled in more than one ePrep.com course, toggle from one course to another.
The Exam Room section hosts online grading and video review features. From the main Exam Room grid, you can select a specific practice section for grading and video review. For your convenience, a preset timer is available for use during offline testing.
The Study Hall section displays all of the remedial data collected from your completed practice tests. Your Study Hall is updated every time you complete and grade a practice section. Study Hall lessons are designed to help you learn (i) topics you might have missed in school and (ii) proven test-taking strategies.
The WordSmith section offers an engaging vocabulary tool that includes nearly 1,500 common SAT and ACT words. A large and varied working vocabulary is helpful on standardized tests, in school, and in life beyond. You are encouraged to use WordSmith weekly, if not daily, throughout your ePrep.com subscription period because vocabulary building is best done incrementally over time. After sorting words from a WordSmith list, you can review words using online flashcards and test your knowledge by taking computer generated online quizzes.
ePrep.com allows you to set up a schedule for each of your courses. If you are working independently, a study schedule will help you stay on track and achieve your test-day goals. With a few mouse clicks, you can vary the start date, test date, number of practice tests, and subject areas to be included. Once your schedule has been created, ePrep.com will provide you with a detailed calendar of assignments.
Follow the steps below to create your personalized study schedule:
- After logging in, select a course by clicking on the downward pointing arrow next to the current course name (in the upper right corner of your Home Room page) and pick a course from the drop-down menu: SAT, ACT, PSAT, or PLAN. (If you have been assigned only one ePrep.com course, the name of that course only will appear in the upper right corner of your Home Room page.)
- Once you've selected a course, click on Edit Schedule under the heading Assignments on the right side of the Home Room page.
- Select a test date from the drop-down menu.
- Select the number of practice tests from the drop-down menu.
- Check the subject areas you want to include in your study program. (Uncheck those you do not want to include.)
- Select the days of the week that are best for completing assignments.
- Select a study start date from the list provided. (The recommended start dates are highlighted.)
- Finally, click on SUBMIT to create your personal study schedule.
For a calendar view of your schedule, click on Course Schedule under the heading Assignments on the right side of the Home Room page.
Once a schedule is established for your course, your Home Room page for that course will display your test date, the number of days until the test, and any upcoming or late assignments based on your schedule. You may edit and revise your schedule at any time simply by selecting Edit Schedule under the heading Assignments on the right side of the Home Room page.
The Home Room section of each course provides a quick snapshot of your study progress. In addition to the test-date countdown and assignment information, the Home Room page will display your WordSmith progress and the top recommended study lessons based on your practice test performance.
Account management tools and performance reports can also be accessed from within the Home Room section of each ePrep.com course. The following is a brief description of each option:
Change Password (Account Options)
This link allows you to change your password as desired.
Download Tests (Account Options)
This link allows you to access, for downloading and printing purposes, all of the practice tests and answer sheets included in your ePrep.com course. Please note that Adobe PDF reader is required to view and print practice tests and answer sheets.
Parent/Guardian Accounts (Account Options)
This link allows you to establish up to three (3) parent/guardian accounts. To create an account, simply enter the parent or guardian's name, email address, and password. ePrep.com will automatically send a welcome email with instructions to the parent/guardian. These accounts allow parents/guardians to monitor student progress in a non-intrusive way.
Course Schedule (Assignments)
This link allows you to view your course schedule in a monthly calendar display.
Edit Schedule (Assignments)
This link allows you to edit your course schedule.
This link allows you to access course and subject specific reports. ePrep.com features reports and intuitive charts/graphs for:
- User Logins & Activity
- Score Progress
- Lesson Performance
All reports can also be exported as ".CSV" files for use in Excel or equivalent applications.
The main Exam Room screen features a practice-test grid, organized by test number and subject area. As you complete practice sections, grid cells will automatically change color and your scores will be displayed. Actual scores are displayed under A and feedback scores are displayed under F. (Note: Feedback is discussed in detail later in this section.) The Exam Total columns display your composite actual and feedback scores.
Select one of the three links on the main Exam Room page to download and print practice test and answer sheets. Then, from the grid presented, select and print the test section you want to complete, along with an answer sheet as appropriate. To get back to the main Exam Room page, select the Exam Room link near the top of the web page.
You can also download and print the practice test and an answer sheet after you have selected a practice section from the main Exam Room grid. Links to the practice test and answer sheet are located right above the video-player screen in the individual Exam Rooms.
After you have taken the practice test under timed conditions, from the main Exam Room page practice-test grid, select the gray rectangle that corresponds with the test section you just completed offline. When the online answer sheet appears, transfer the answers from your offline answer sheet to the online answer grid. When you have finished transferring answers, select SUBMIT ANSWERS. After you have taken a moment to review your score, watch answer-explanation videos, as appropriate. Remember to watch the videos associated with problems that you (i) skipped, (ii) answered incorrectly, or (iii) answered correctly, but only with a guess or after a long struggle.
Note: In the ePrep.com SAT and PSAT courses, you must complete an entire section before submitting answers for online grading. Because the practice tests in the ePrep.com ACT and PLAN courses are considerably longer than the average SAT or PSAT practice section, ePrep.com allows you to take and grade a partially completed ACT or PLAN practice test.
You may not change your original answers once you have submitted them for grading. Thus, you should take care when transferring answers from your printed answer sheet to the online answer grid.
While ePrep.com encourages all students to experience the demands of a full-length test at some point during the study period, ePrep.com acknowledges that, because most students have incredibly busy schedules, blocking out the time for a full-length practice test may not be possible. Thus, anytime you have 50 minutes or more to devote to test preparation, try to complete a test-grade-review learning cycle as follows:
After logging in to your ePrep.com account, decide which subject area you want to practice (e.g., math, critical reading, or writing, if you are taking a ePrep.com SAT or PSAT course, or English, math, reading, or science, if you are taking a ePrep.com ACT or PLAN course). Then select a practice test in the appropriate subject area. For example, if you decide to work on math, choose the lowest numbered math practice test that you have not yet completed. (For purposes of clarity, the first math test in the ePrep.com SAT course is Test 1, Section 1; the second is Test 1, Section 2, and so on.) Once you have selected a practice test, print it out and take it under simulated test conditions.
Simulated test conditions mimic the test-day experience. More specifically, when you take a practice test offline, complete it within the allotted time, using a No. 2 pencil. Complete the test at a desk or kitchen table, not on a couch, in a comfortable chair, or on a seat in a train. Also, find a place that offers minor distractions, rather than a place with no distractions and complete silence. Because there are always minor distractions on test day, you should train yourself to ignore them.
You should submit your answers for grading as soon as you complete a practice section. After taking a moment to review your score, you should immediately begin the video review. The longer you wait before beginning the video review, the less effective your learning experience will be. As such, ePrep.com recommends that you refrain from completing a practice section, if you know you will not have the time to complete the video review immediately afterwards.
When you play an answer-explanation video during the review phase of the practice-grade-review learning cycle, any and all Study Hall lessons that are related to that question will appear in the yellow field below the video player. ePrep.com features over 150 Study Hall videos that have been cross-referenced to each test question. If you want additional subject-matter or test-taking-strategy support after reviewing an answer-explanation video, you should link to, and watch, the related Study Hall lessons.
Note: Some questions will have one or more subject lessons linked to them; others may have none. All ePrep.com subject lesson videos can also be accessed from the Study Hall tab.
The ePrep.com Feedback feature allows you to generate a PROJECTED or "reasonable target" score. Every time you watch the video associated with a question you either skipped or answered incorrectly, three icons will appear in the FEEDBACK column of your online answer grid: a "check" icon, an "X" icon, and a "SKIP" icon. After asking yourself how you think—based on the video review—you'd do on a similar question in the future, select:
- check, if you think you'd get it right;
- X, if you think you'd get it wrong; or
- SKIP, if you think you'd quickly identify and skip a similar question on a future test.
Please note that in the ACT and PLAN courses only two icons will appear in the FEEDBACK column: the "check" icon and the "X" icon. Because there is no wrong-answer penalty on the ACT or PLAN, students are encouraged to answer each question, even if a complete guess is necessary. In other words, you should not skip any answers on the ACT or PLAN.
Note! If you submit feedback for a partially completed ACT or PLAN test, you may notice that your feedback projected score is much lower than your actual projected score. Don't panic! This happens because the feedback projected score always assumes that you have completed the practice test in full. Your "final" feedback projected score will be displayed only after you have completed the entire practice test and submitted and saved all feedback.
Identify Strengths and Weaknesses
As you work through a ePrep.com course, SureScore Analytics will work behind the scenes to track how you are doing with regard to specific subject lessons and test-taking strategies. A summary of all of this data is conveniently displayed in your Study Hall. You should watch recommended Study Hall videos whenever you have a few minutes to spare.
As you begin taking and grading practice tests within your Exam Room, ePrep.com uses SureScore Analytics to collect data regarding the underlying subject lessons and test-taking strategies linked to the questions you answer correctly, answer incorrectly, or skip. After just a few practice sections, SureScore Analytics will begin to accurately identify areas of academic strength and weakness and your Study Hall will guide your remedial efforts. The more practice tests you complete, the more accurately Study Hall can pinpoint your academic strengths and weaknesses. Thus, Study Hall provides a cumulative diagnostic that offers significantly greater insights than traditional single-test diagnostics.
Study Hall provides a separate page for each major subject area of your course (e.g., Math, Writing, and Critical Reading for the SAT and PSAT, and English, Math, Reading, and Science for the ACT and PLAN). Each page contains a list of specific subject lessons and test-taking strategies. Once you have completed a practice test, your Study Hall will list the number of questions related to each Study Hall lesson that you answered correctly, answered incorrectly, or skipped. Within a particular subject area page, you can view the lessons in alphabetical order by clicking on the Lesson heading. You can view the lessons in performance rank order by clicking on either the % Correct heading or the Grade heading.
Lesson rows ending with a green dot indicate that you have sufficiently mastered the lesson topic. Watching videos associated with green-dot lessons is optional. Lesson rows ending with a yellow dot indicate that you have a developing mastery of the lesson topic. You should consider watching videos associated with yellow-dot lessons. Lesson rows ending with a red dot indicate that you have not yet mastered the lesson topic. Watching videos associated with red-dot lessons is strongly recommended. Note: Your Study Hall grades are not static. They can and will change, if you follow the colored-dot recommendations diligently.
As a Study Hall lesson is played in the video screen, links to all missed and skipped test questions associated with that lesson will appear in the yellow field below the video player. This feature allows you to review the missed and skipped questions from completed practice tests without having to flip back through printed versions of your completed practice tests. Thus, after watching a Study Hall lesson video, you can conveniently watch the answer explanation videos associated with previously missed or skipped problems.
Build Your Vocabulary
WordSmith is an engaging vocabulary tool that includes nearly 1,500 common SAT and ACT words. Improving your vocabulary skills is essential to success on all standardized tests. Since vocabulary building is best done incrementally over time, you are encouraged to use WordSmith weekly, if not daily, throughout your subscription period.
For your convenience, WordSmith words are organized and presented by level:
* Level A - Works You Should Know Entering High School
* Level 1 - Words You Should Know for Success in High School
* Level 2 - Words You Should Know for Success in College and Beyond
* Level 3 - Words You Are More Likely to Read than to Hear in Life
* Level 4 - Words You Can Safely Forget After Taking the Test
It's important to spend your time studying the SAT/ACT words with which you are unfamiliar (i.e., the words you don't know). In order to separate the words you know from those you don't know, WordSmith directs you to begin by sorting words from a list based on your knowledge of the words. Within each level, you should sort words into three "buckets" or categories:
- Yes Words – the green bucket (Yes, I very familiar these words);
- Maybe Words – the yellow bucket (I might remember these words); and
- No Words – the red bucket (No, I am not familiar with these words).
After you have selected the WordSmith page, you will be automatically directed to the Sort sub-tab. Your first time in the Sort sub-tab, select Level A to begin sorting the Level A list of words. If you are very familiar with a word from the list, simply click the green dot next to it and it will be moved to the green bucket. If you are somewhat unfamiliar with a word from the list, click the "i" button to review an online flash card containing the word's definition, a sample sentence, and, for some words, a comment. You can sort the word by selecting the appropriate link on the flash card. If you are familiar with a word from the list, but not sure whether you will remember its definition, simply click the yellow dot next to it and it will be moved to the yellow bucket. If you are largely unfamiliar with a word from the list, simply click the red dot next to it and it will be moved to the red bucket. Once you have sorted all or part of a list of words, you can (i) review words from the Maybe and No buckets by selecting the Review sub-tab, or (ii) test your knowledge of words in the Yes bucket by selecting the Test sub-tab.
Please Note: You do not have to sort all of the words from a given list in order to begin review and testing. In fact, once you've sorted a few words from a list, feel free to start reviewing them promptly. Also, please know that your sorting efforts will be automatically saved every minute. To make sure you don't lose any work, however, you should always click the SAVE SORTING button (located below the red "No" bucket) before you leave the Sort sub-tab.
If the word is in a list, click the "i" button to the right of a word and a definition flash card will appear. If the word is in one of the colored buckets, right click on the word and select Open from the drop-down menu to view the definition flash card.
Save Sorting allows you to save your sorting efforts. This way, you can pick up where you left off every time you use WordSmith. If you forget to click on the Save Sorting button, don't worry. Your sorting efforts will be saved automatically every minute.
When you're ready to begin reviewing words from the Maybe and No buckets, select the Review sub-tab. The Review feature allows you to study words using online flash cards. Here's how it works:
- Select one or more levels of words to include in your review.
- Select the buckets from which you want ePrep.com to select words for review. (The default is set so that words are selected from the Maybe and No buckets.)
- Select the side of the flash card that you want displayed: the word side or the definition side.
- Select the information you want displayed on each flashcard: definition, sample sentence and/or comment.
- After you've made your selections, click START REVIEW.
Each time a flash card appears, you are given a predetermined amount of time to think of the word (or definition). If you generally require more or less time, adjust the timer accordingly.
Every once in a while, you should test your knowledge of words in the Yes buckets just to make sure you really know them. You can do so by selecting the Test sub-tab. Here's how it works:
- Select one or more levels of words to include.
- Select the bucket(s) from which you want ePrep.com to select words for testing. (The default is set so that words are selected from the Yes bucket.)
- Select the number of words you want to include in your test/quiz by clicking on the Term Count drop-down menu. (The default is set at 10.)
- Choose the question types you want included in your test: multiple choice, true/false, and/or sentence completion.
- After you've made your selections, click START TEST.
When you finish your test, a Test Summary will appear for your convenience. The Test Summary will display your test score and allow you to easily re-categorize the words associated with the questions you missed. You can also select to launch into a new test that will include words previously missed.
WordSmith features nearly 1,500 common SAT and ACT words, and new words will be added periodically, as appropriate. The goal of WordSmith is, through review, to eventually move every word into a Yes bucket. When you have reached that milestone, or finish line, you will possess what some standardized test designers call "a large and varied working vocabulary."