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Learn how to use Exercise Central 3.0

  1. How to Complete an Exercise
  2. How to Use
    the Book Study Plan
  3. How to Log In
  4. How to Create a Diagnostic Report

FAQs

  1. What is Exercise Central?
  2. What’s new in version 3.0?
  3. Who can use it?
  4. How does Exercise Central work?
  5. I am using a Bedford/St. Martin’s text. How can I get the most out of Exercise Central?
  6. How do I find the study plan that goes with my book?
  7. My instructor assigned some exercises. How do I find them?
  8. Do I need to register to use Exercise Central 3.0?
  9. Do I need to log in to use Exercise Central 3.0?
  10. How do I find the Diagnostic Tests?
  11. What are Diagnostics?
  12. How can I use Exercise Central to improve my skills?
  13. How do I take an exercise?
  14. How do I use the new scorecard?
  15. I’m an instructor. Can you tell me about the new gradebook?

Answers

  1. What is Exercise Central?
  2. Exercise Central is the largest collection of free writing and grammar exercises on the Web.
  3. What’s new in version 3.0?
  4. New content and functionality include:
    1. more exercises
    2. student scorecards
    3. a new gradebook
    4. better integration with our print books and e-books
  5. Who can use it?
  6. Exercise Central was designed to support Bedford/St. Martin’s textbooks, but we’ve made it free and open to everyone.
  7. How does Exercise Central work?
  8. Exercise Central offers support for self-paced learning. Visitors can take a diagnostic, review the free tutorials to brush up on their understanding of key grammar concepts, and practice their skills by taking exercises.
  9. I am using a Bedford/St. Martin’s text. How can I get the most out of Exercise Central?
  10. Our editors have created exercise study plans specifically designed for individual books. Book study plans map exercises to corresponding sections of your book, giving you a quick and easy way to practice as you go.
  11. How do I find the study plan that goes with my book?
  12. Click on the “Exercises” tab and scroll down until you see your book. Be sure to select the edition you are using.
  13. My instructor assigned some exercises. How do I find them?
  14. If your teacher told you to work on exercises for a particular part or chapter of a Bedford/St. Martin’s book:
    1. find the Exercise Study Plan for your book by clicking on the “Exercises” tab and scrolling down until you find the right title.
    2. double-click on the title and use the table of contents on the left to find the correct part, chapter, or section.
  15. If your teacher assigned a specific exercise, type the exercise number into the search field in the upper left corner of the Exercise Study Plan.
  16. Do I need to register to use Exercise Central 3.0?
  17. Yes! And remember, access to Exercise Central is entirely free. If you would like to open an account, simply
    1. click the “Student Registration” button under the log in field.
    2. Fill out the required fields on the Student Registration page.
    3. Click “Submit.” You now have access to Exercise Central!
  18. Do I need to log in to use Exercise Central 3.0?
  19. You don’t need to log in to browse the site, but you will be prompted to log in to take an exercise or a diagnostic and to access your scorecard. Logging in is easy! Simply
    1. enter your e-mail address and password.
    2. You may also be prompted to enter your instructor’s e-mail address. Be sure to type the correct address so that your score is reported to your instructor’s gradebook.
  20. How do I find the diagnostic tests?
  21. Open your book’s study plan and click on the diagnostic tab in the upper left. If you are not using a book study plan, the diagnostic can also be accessed from the “Comprehensive Study Plan.”
  22. What are Diagnostics?
  23. Ever wonder in which aspects of grammar you are good, and in which ones you need work? The Diagnostic quiz helps you find out. Each quiz has 50—70 questions to evaluate your skills in 18 different categories. The Diagnostic Report gives you a statistical overview and a bar graph visualization of how well you did in each category.
  24. How can I use Exercise Central to improve my skills?
  25. Take the 5-step program: diagnose the problem (take diagnostic), analyze the report (view diagnostic report), exercise (take more exercises), review e-book and tutorials (via Exercise Central quick links), check your new scores (Scorecard).
    1. Take a diagnostic quiz to determine your level of mastery in each skill category.
    2. Review your diagnostic report and focus your attention on low-scoring categories.
    3. To get a list of exercises for a particular skill category, open the “Comprehensive Study Plan” and type the category title into the search field. For example, typing “Apostrophes” into the search field will give you a list of all exercises for apostrophes.
    4. After you’ve taken some exercises, consult your scorecard to chart your progress.
    5. If you have access to an e-book, click the grey “Go to e-Book” arrow above the exercise title to get more help.
    6. Review the Tutorials: Exercise Central offers free tutorials for a variety of grammar skills. Click on the “Tutorials” tab to take advantage of this extra help.
  26. How do I take an exercise?
    1. Choose an exercise
    2. Log in (if you are already logged in, skip this step)
    3. Enter your instructor’s e-mail when prompted.
    4. Read the instructions
    5. Answer the first question.
    6. Click “Next Question” at the bottom of the screen.
    7. Click the numbers navigation at the bottom of the exercise to review or change your answers before submitting.
    8. After you answer the last question, click “Submit.”
  27. How do I use the new scorecard?
  28. Simply click on “View Scorecard” to see the results for every quiz you’ve taken. If you take a quiz more than once, you will see your highest, lowest, and average scores.
  29. I’m an instructor. Can you tell me about the new gradebook?
  30. Student results are recorded in our free instructor gradebook. The new version of the gradebook gives instructors more options for organizing their class and monitoring student progress. Instructors can view overall results and class averages. They can view results recorded for an individual student or for an individual quiz. By clicking “view details” instructors can access detailed results for any quiz. For better class management, the new gradebook lets instructors add or delete students from the roster. The gradebook can be exported as an excel spreadsheet.
  31. The premium version of our new gradebook is available inside CompClass. With this gradebook, instructors can assign exercises, customize the study plan, and access premium diagnostic results.

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