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Get workplace-ready with SAM 2013, the market-leading proficiency-based assessment and training solution for Microsoft Office 2013! SAM's active, hands-on environment helps you master Microsoft Office skills and computer concepts that are essential to academic and career success! Through skill-based assessments, interactive trainings, business-centric projects, and comprehensive remediation, SAM 2013 engages you in mastering the latest Microsoft Office programs at your own pace. Computer concepts labs supplement instruction of important technology-related topics and issues through engaging simulations and interactive, auto-graded assessments. SAM is your one-stop-shop for everything you need to become tech savvy.

SAM: Premier training for Microsoft Office
  • Fully updated to replicate the experience of working in Microsoft Office 2013.
  • Expanded collection of MindTap Readers for leading Cengage titles allows instructors to provide a fully integrated online solution in SAM.
  • Intuitive new Student Assignment Screen presents assignments in a calendar view and a list view, enabling students to keep track of assignments and due dates more easily.
  • New interactive Computer Concepts labs help students explore issues and concepts such as computer hardware, safety and security, computer networks, and more through simulated trainings and interactive assessments.
  • New SAM Projects are tightly integrated with the skills and learning objectives of our top-selling textbook series, but offer brand new step-by-step activities that go beyond the books to promote critical thinking. New enhanced cheating detection and partial credit grading options give instructors more choice and more control.
  • New Individual Assignment tool allows you to schedule an assignment for one student or a small group of students in a few simple clicks.
  • New Playback feature allows you to explain and defend a student's assessment score by viewing a video of each action the student took in completing a task.
  • New Mac Hints give students instructions for completing certain training tasks on a Mac.
  • Updated gradebook includes an alphabetized student roster, score normalization and student frequency analysis to make it easier to monitor student progress.
  • Institutional-level reporting allows you to run reports across multiple sections.
  • New Express Assignment Wizard and Section Copy tools allow instructors to setup an entire course in 20 minutes and copy it across multiple sections quickly and easily.
  • SAM 2013 covers the key features of the actual Office 2013 software, allowing students to work in high-fidelity, Flash-based simulation exercises for a real-world experience.
  • SAM can be accessed under a variety of browser platforms (Internet Explorer, Firefox, and Safari) and operating systems (Windows and Mac OS X).
  • Ongoing training, service, and support is provided through CourseCare, a revolutionary program designed to give you and your students an unparalleled user experience with your Cengage Learning digital solution. Your Sales Representative can connect you with a team of training, service, and support experts to ensure that SAM is integrated successfully into your course.
  • Easy, web-based deployment means SAM is always accessible to both you and your students from any computer.
  • Direct correlation to the learning objectives covered in your Cengage Learning textbooks allows you to easily create a robust lesson plan. Detailed reporting lets you monitor students' mastery of Microsoft Office and Computer Concepts skills.
  • With SAM Training tasks that correspond to textbook exams and study guides, instructors can spend more time teaching and let SAM Training help those who need additional time to grasp concepts and skills.
  • SAM Projects offer live-in-the-application project-based assignments. Student work is automatically graded, providing instant feedback. Enhanced cheating detection and new partial credit grading offer instructors more choice and more control.
SAM offers the full, mobile-ready textbook combined with superior and proven learning tools at one affordable price.

This Cengage solution can be seamlessly integrated into most Learning Management Systems (Blackboard, Brightspace by D2L, Canvas, Moodle, and more) but does require a different ISBN for access codes. Please work with your Cengage Learning Consultant to ensure the proper course set up and ordering information. For additional information, please visit the LMS Integration site.

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4 Reasons College Students Love SAM

College students love SAM's real world applications, helpful study guides, interactive interface, and personalization.

“Using SAM helped me tremendously. There were times when I would miss class and I could go to SAM, do some practice tutorials and understand in a shorter time span than in class.”

“SAM has improved my learning because it has hands-on projects that I can practice my skills on.”

“With SAM I can work at my own pace, get immediate feedback, and better prepare for tests.”

“Not only does SAM prevent me from procrastinating, but it also helps me collaborate with classmates and better prepare for tests.”

“SAM grades projects instantly, so it doesn’t matter if students are working at 8 a.m. or 2 a.m. They can receive guided help, see what they did wrong, review as needed, and complete the project at their own pace without having to wait for me to grade the assignment.”

“Compared to other companies’ products, a SAM is easier to learn, easier to use, and easier to maintain... And of course it makes learning Microsoft Office easier, too.”