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Courses available in your account

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Your ePrep School Edition subscription includes a large and growing collection of test prep courses, including ePrep for the SAT, ACT, PSAT, PLAN, and SSAT. Each test prep course includes everything you'll need to maximize your test score, including printable practice tests, online score sheets, and detailed video explanations for every test question and related subject lessons. The actual courses included in your ePrep School Edition may differ depending upon your school's subscription

The following table lists the full range of current ePrep courses available to you and the number of practice tests included:

Course

# Full
Practice Tests

Used ePrep
Practice Test #’s

ePrep for the SAT

2

#6, #7

ePrep for the ACT

2

#2, #3

ePrep for the PSAT

2

#1, #2

ePrep for the PLAN

2

#1, #2

ePrep SSAT - Middle Level
(5-7 graders)

2

#1, #2

ePrep SSAT - Upper Level
(8-10 graders)

2

#1, #2

Created May 6th, 2010 | Updated May 11th, 2010

My account is not activated...what should I do?

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If you try to login, and receive a message stating "Your account has not been confirmed yet.", click the link below this message to resend your welcome email and click on the confirmation code contained in that email to confirm your email address and begin your course.

  • Please allow some time for delivery of the confirmation email. They usually arrive within 5-10 minutes, but can take up to a few hours.
  • Please check any spam or trash folders if you do not receive the email after 2 hours.
Created November 4th, 2009 | Updated March 16th, 2010

I Cannot Download Tests

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In order to download your test sections, you need to have an Adobe PDF reader installed on your computer. You can download one for free using the link below.

Adobe Acrobat Reader - http://get.adobe.com/reader/

Some versions of Internet Explorer have been reported as not properly displaying downloaded ePrep Tests. We support Internet Explorer versions 7 and 8 as well as recent versions of Safari, Firefox, Chrome, and Opera,. Firefox is the recommended browser for ePrep and can be downloaded for for free using the link below

Mozilla Firefox - http://www.mozilla.com/en-US/products/download.html

Created November 4th, 2009 | Updated December 31st, 2009

Courses available in your account

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Your ePrep Library Edition subscription includes a large and growing collection of test prep courses, including ePrep for the SAT, ACT, PSAT, PLAN, and SSAT. Each test prep course includes everything you’ll need to maximize your test score, including printable practice tests, online score sheets, and detailed video explanations for every test question and related subject lessons. The actual courses included in your ePrep Library Edition may differ depending upon your library's subscription.

The following table lists the full range of current ePrep courses available to you and the number of practice tests included:

 Course

# Full
Practice Tests

Used ePrep
Practice Test #’s

ePrep for the SAT

2

#6, #7

ePrep for the ACT

2

#2, #3

ePrep for the PSAT

2

#1, #2

ePrep for the PLAN

2

#1, #2

ePrep SSAT - Middle Level
(5-7 graders)

2

#1, #2

ePrep SSAT - Upper Level
(8-10 graders)

2

#1, #2

Created April 26th, 2010 | Updated May 7th, 2010

Courses available in your account

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Your ePrep account will include access to all of your ePrep courses. In other words, your email address can support multiple ePrep courses. Each ePrep course includes everything you’ll need to maximize your test score, including printable practice tests, online score sheets, and detailed video explanations for every test question and related subject lessons.

Created May 4th, 2010 | Updated May 7th, 2010

The Exam Room display

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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 Score is discussed later in this section.) The Exam Total column displays your composite actual and feedback scores.

Created May 4th, 2010 | Updated October 5th, 2010

How does ePrep work?

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Students prepare best when they are exposed to real test questions under simulated conditions and then immediately receive expert instruction upon grading their test. We call this the ePrep Learning Cycle and have seen it succeed in helping students maximizing their SAT and ACT scores time and time again. When you enroll in an ePrep course, you can immediately access and print our your test materials online, right from your browser. Upon completing a test section, you then login to ePrep to grade your answers and watch full broadband videos that include detailed answers for each problem. Watching ePrep’s expert solve the same problem you just missed - and providing key insights and strategies along the way – exponentially increases your absorption of the concepts. By repeating the ePrep Learning Cycle, you expand your comfort level with the SAT and ACT tests and rapidly improve your problem solving skills.

Additionally, ePrep Analytics, a proprietary software program, provides adaptive diagnostics that continually monitors your progress, points out strengths and weaknesses, and recommends subject lesson videos you can review online. WordSmith, ePrep's online vocabulary builder, features over 1,000 common SAT and ACT vocabulary words to help you build your vocabulary through a review feature and a testing feature. When test day comes, you will be ready to maximize your scores.

Created October 8th, 2009 | Updated May 2nd, 2010

Courses available in your account

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Your SylvanTestPrep.com account includes access to all of your SylvanTestPrep.com courses. In other words, your email address can support multiple SylvanTestPrep.com courses. Each SylvanTestPrep.com course includes everything you’ll need to maximize your test score, including printable practice tests, online answer sheets, and detailed video explanations for every test question and related subject lessons.

Created July 28th, 2010 | Updated August 3rd, 2010

The Exam Room display

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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 Score is discussed later in this section.) The Exam Total columns display your composite actual and feedback scores.

Created July 28th, 2010 | Updated August 3rd, 2010

What is Study Hall

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As you work through a SylvanTestPrep.com course, Sylvan 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.

Created July 28th, 2010 | Updated August 3rd, 2010

About WordSmith

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WordSmith is an engaging vocabulary tool and includes over 1,000 common SAT and ACT words. Improving your vocabulary skills is essential to 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 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

Created July 28th, 2010 | Updated August 3rd, 2010

Selecting a course to begin

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When you first log in to your account, one of the ePrep courses (e.g., SAT, ACT, etc.) you selected at registration will be preselected and identified in the upper right of your Home Room page. You may toggle over 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 to load a new Home Room, Exam Room, and Study Hall, as appropriate. However, your work in the WordSmith vocabulary section is common across all of your ePrep courses. To add new courses to your ePrep account, select Subscribed Courses under Account Options in your Home Room.

Created May 6th, 2010

Selecting a course to begin

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When you first log in to your account, one of the ePrep courses (e.g., SAT, ACT, etc.) you selected at registration will be preselected and identified in the upper right of your Home Room page. You may toggle over 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 to load a new Home Room, Exam Room, and Study Hall, as appropriate. However, your work in the WordSmith vocabulary section is common across all of your ePrep courses. To add new courses to your ePrep account, select Subscribed Courses under Account Options in your Home Room.

Created April 26th, 2010 | Updated May 2nd, 2010

Selecting a course to begin

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When you first log in to your account, one of your ePrep courses (e.g., SAT, ACT, etc.) will be preselected and identified in the upper right of your Home Room page. You may toggle over 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 to load a new Home Room, Exam Room, and Study Hall, as appropriate. However, your work in the WordSmith vocabulary section is common across all of your ePrep courses. (If you have only purchased one ePrep course, the name of that course only will appear in the upper right corner of your Home Room page.)

Created May 4th, 2010 | Updated May 7th, 2010

How to print out a practice test and answer sheet

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Select the Download Tests link in the bottom right corner of the main Exam Room page. From the grid, select and print an answer sheet and the test section you want to complete. To get back to the main Exam Room page, select the Exam Room tab.

Created May 4th, 2010 | Updated October 5th, 2010

What is the ePrep Learning Cycle?

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It’s so simple, yet so effective: (1) Practice, (2) Grade, (3) Review and (4) Repeat

  • Practice: Complete each ePrep practice tests offline under simulated conditions.
  • Grade: After taking a practice test, log onto your ePrep account and bubble in and submit your answers.
  • Review: Review all the questions you skipped, guessed on and those you got right, but with difficulty.
  • Repeat: Repeat the practice-grade-review cycle as often during the months prior to your SAT Test day.
Created October 8th, 2009 | Updated October 8th, 2009

Selecting a course to begin

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When you first log in to your account, one of your SylvanTestPrep.com courses (e.g., SAT, ACT, etc.) 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 SylvanTestPrep.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 SylvanTestPrep.com courses. (If you have only purchased one SylvanTestPrep.com course, the name of that course only will appear on your Home Room page.)

Created July 28th, 2010 | Updated August 3rd, 2010

Video Playback Issues

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ePrep videos are streamed used an advanced content delivery network with 15 locations across the world. If you ever have trouble playing videos, use the steps below to troubleshoot.

  • Make sure you are using a supported browser. ePrep runs well on most modern browsers, and Internet Explorer (IE) versions 7 and 8, Firefox, Opera, and Safari are all officially supported. Firefox is the recommended browser for ePre pand can be downloaded for free for Mac, Windows, and Linux systems at http://www.firefox.com
  • Make sure you have the latest flash plugin installed. The Adobe flash player, version 9 or higher is required for video playback. The most recent version can be downloaded at the following website: http://get.adobe.com/flashplayer
  • Make sure you are logged in. If you leave your ePrep session for too long, your session may end and you will not be able to continue watching videos. Simply login again from the homepage to continue.
Created November 23rd, 2009 | Updated November 23rd, 2009

How to print out a practice test and answer sheet

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Select the Download and Print Test Booklets link in the bottom right corner of the main Exam Room page. 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 print a practice test and answer sheet after you have selected a practice section from the main Exam Room practice-test grid. Once you have selected a practice section from the grid, you will be directed to a page with an online answer grid. Above the online answer grid, just above the words VIDEOS and FEEDBACK, you will see links that allow you to download and print the test section and answer sheet.

Created July 28th, 2010 | Updated August 3rd, 2010

How Sylvan builds your Study Hall report card

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As you begin taking and grading practice tests within your Exam Room, SylvanTestPrep.com uses Sylvan 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, Sylvan 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.

Created July 28th, 2010 | Updated August 3rd, 2010

Why do I start by “sorting” words?

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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 (I am very unfamiliar with these words).

After you have selected the WordSmith page, you will be automatically directed to the Sort sub-tab. Once in the Sort sub-tab, you should begin by selecting Level 1 to sort the Level 1 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.)

Created July 28th, 2010 | Updated August 3rd, 2010

How your course is structured

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All ePrep courses feature four (4) key sections or tabs. The following is a brief overview of each tab and its purpose.

Home Room
The Home Room tab serves as the main dashboard, or command center, for each course. Within the Home Room, you can set up a study schedule, add new courses, download and print tests, review assignments and recommended study lessons, view progress reports, create parent accounts, and update account settings generally.

Exam Room
The Exam Room tab hosts all 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.

Study Hall
The Study Hall tab displays all of the remedial data collected from your completed practice tests. Your Study Hall is updated every time you complete a practice section. Study Hall lessons are designed to help you learn topics you might have missed in school and proven test-taking strategies.

WordSmith
The WordSmith tab offers an engaging vocabulary tool and includes nearly 1,500 common SSAT, 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 subscription period. Vocabulary building is best done incrementally over time. After sorting words from an ePrep list, you can review words using online flashcards and test your knowledge by taking computer generated online quizzes.

Created May 6th, 2010 | Updated May 7th, 2010

How your course is structured

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All ePrep courses feature four (4) key sections or tabs. The following is a brief overview of each tab and its purpose.

Home Room
The Home Room tab serves as the main dashboard, or command center, for each course. Within the Home Room, you can set up a study schedule, add new courses, download and print tests, review assignments and recommended study lessons, view progress reports, create parent accounts, and update account settings generally.

Exam Room
The Exam Room tab hosts all 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.

Study Hall
The Study Hall tab displays all of the remedial data collected from your completed practice tests. Your Study Hall is updated every time you complete a practice section. Study Hall lessons are designed to help you learn topics you might have missed in school and proven test-taking strategies.

WordSmith
The WordSmith tab offers an engaging vocabulary tool and includes nearly 1,500 common SSAT, 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 subscription period. Vocabulary building is best done incrementally over time. After sorting words from an ePrep list, you can review words using online flashcards and test your knowledge by taking computer generated online quizzes.

Created April 26th, 2010 | Updated May 7th, 2010

How to grade a practice test

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After you have taken the practice test under timed conditions, from the main Exam Room page grid, select the green 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 sheet. 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.

Please note – for the SAT, PSAT and SSAT exams, you must complete an entire section before submitting answers for online grading. Because ACT and PLAN practice sections are much longer than the average SAT, PSAT, or SSAT practice section, ePrep allows you to take and grade a partially completed ACT or PLAN practice section.

Created April 27th, 2010 | Updated May 7th, 2010

How your course is structured

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All ePrep courses feature four (4) key sections or tabs. The following is a brief overview of each tab and its purpose.

Home Room
The Home Room tab 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, and update account settings generally.

Exam Room
The Exam Room tab hosts all 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.

Study Hall
The Study Hall tab displays all of the remedial data collected from your completed practice tests. Your Study Hall is updated every time you complete a practice section. Study Hall lessons are designed to help you learn topics you might have missed in school and proven test-taking strategies.

WordSmith
The WordSmith tab offers an engaging vocabulary tool and includes nearly 1,500 common SSAT, 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 subscription period. Vocabulary building is best done incrementally over time. After sorting words from an ePrep list, you can review words using online flashcards and test your knowledge by taking computer generated online quizzes.

Created May 4th, 2010 | Updated May 7th, 2010

How to grade a practice test

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After you have taken the practice test under timed conditions, from the main Exam Room page grid, select the green 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 sheet. 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.

Please note – for the SAT, PSAT and SSAT exams, you must complete an entire section before submitting answers for online grading. Because ACT and PLAN practice sections are much longer than the average SAT, PSAT, or SSAT practice section, ePrep allows you to take and grade a partially completed ACT or PLAN practice section.

Created May 4th, 2010 | Updated May 7th, 2010

How your course is structured

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All SylvanTestPrep.com courses feature four (4) key sections. The following is a brief overview of each section and its purpose.

Home Room
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 that one SylvanTestPrep.com course, toggle from one course to another.

Exam Room
The Exam Room section hosts all 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.

Study Hall
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.

WordSmith
The WordSmith section offers an engaging vocabulary tool and 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 SylvanTestPrep.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.

Created July 28th, 2010 | Updated August 3rd, 2010

How to grade a practice test

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After you have taken the practice test under timed conditions, from the main Exam Room page practice-test grid, select the green 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 sheet. 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.

Please note – for the SAT and PSAT exams, you must complete an entire section before submitting answers for online grading. Because ACT and PLAN practice sections are much longer than the average SAT or PSAT practice section, SylvanTestPrep.com allows you to take and grade a partially completed ACT or PLAN practice section.

Created July 28th, 2010 | Updated August 3rd, 2010

Study Hall Recommendation: green, yellow, and red dots

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Study Hall provides a separate page for each major subject area of your course (e.g., Math, Writing, and Critical Reading for the SAT). Each page contains a list of specific subject lessons. 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 Percentage 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 strongly 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.

Created July 28th, 2010 | Updated August 3rd, 2010

How to view the definition of a word

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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.

Created July 28th, 2010 | Updated August 3rd, 2010