Tired of marking your practice tests by hand? Want to speed up the process and study more efficiently? We’ve got a solution for you!
In today’s blog post, we introduce you to Ivy Global’s own standardized testing-scoring tool: Cloud.
Cloud allows you to mark your tests online. The scoring tool is ideal for SAT, ACT, and PSAT practice, but is also compatible with ISEE, and SSAT test formats.
After marking your answers on Cloud, you have the option to view, save, and print a detailed test report with links to answer explanations. This report will point out your strengths and weaknesses on the test, identifying the question types you excel in and ones that you struggle with.
Now, let’s walk through how to use Cloud step-by-step.
Step 1. Create an account.
By creating an account, you will have full access to all Ivy Global online resources, receive more personalized feedback, and be able to save all of your work with ease.
Note: Creating an account is optional. You will still be able to score your tests and return to incomplete tests at a later time by using the short link without an account.
Step 2. Take your test.
While you can certainly go through the test and mark the answers in the Cloud bubble sheet as you go along, we recommend that you go the standard test-taking route: pen to paper.
It is helpful to simulate the environment in which you will be taking the test. Although online testing is available to some standardized test-takers, most students will still be taking the test on paper.
Step 3. Pick your test from the drop-down menu.
The first column corresponds to test type: SAT, PSAT, ACT, ISEE, or SSAT. Select that column first. After you have selected your test type, pick the specific practice test you will be completing.
For example, if I wanted to test myself on the College Board SAT test(s), I would click “SAT” in the first column and then choose a test beginning with “College Board – SAT Practice Test.”
Step 4. Mark your answers on the bubble sheet.
Make sure to turn on the “Show Answers” switch to “ON” if you wish to see how you’re doing as you go along or to “OFF” if knowing will only distract and/or stress you out.
Now, pick the corresponding bubble marked A-D on the bubble sheet.
Quick shortcut: Use the number pad on your keyboard. 1 corresponds to A; 2 to B; 3 to C; 4 to D.
Step 5. Retrieve your test report.
After you have checked over your work, click on “View Report” located at the top of the bubble sheet and on the right-hand side of the screen.
Step 6. Read your test report.
How the score report looks will vary based on the test. Let us take the SAT as our case study. As you can see in the image below, your score is broken up into two columns: Reading and Writing, and Math.
Each column is then broken up into four subcategories: Reading, Writing, Math with Calculator, and Math without Calculator.
Under each subcategory, you will find subheadings with corresponding percentage values. For example, under the Reading section, you will find: Information and Ideas, Rhetoric, Synthesis, Words in Context, and Command of Evidence.
These subheadings correspond to question types that you will encounter on the Reading section of the SAT.
Step 7. Review.
Once you have identified your total score and made note of your scores in specific categories of the test, assess your strengths and weaknesses. Let’s say that you scored well in Writing and Ideas, but poorly on Rhetoric.
Scroll down to the chart that reads “Reading Questions Breakdown.” Now, locate the appropriate subheading in the chart.
Click on the subheading. Doing so will direct you to study resources, including specific page numbers of Ivy Global’s SAT Book(s) that correspond to this section of the test and provide detailed explanations and examples.
Clicking on the subheading will also direct you towards similar types of questions for additional practice, so that you can hone in on areas that need the most attention.