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10. 29. 2008

futureU - SAT video game

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Play your way to the SATs with futureU, a SAT prep video game which is available now for PC and Mac and in November will be a Nintendo DS title as well.

The first partnership for gaming company Aspyr (known in our house for the Sims) and Kaplan, the established test prep expert, is really a no-brainer - adapting test preparation material into a collection of fun interactive games.

futureU consists of six distinctive mini-games, divided into three main categories: math, reading and writing. Designed as a complement to traditional SAT study methods from the Kaplan curriculum, it also includes a section called "Test Skills" that teaches the vital test-taking and time management skills necessary for taking the big exam. Some kids just don't test well, which is where the SATs fall apart in my opinion.

We asked a poor soul who is cramming for the SATs right now (most students take the first round of SATs in October and the second round in November) to test it out for us. This is what Kevin had to say:

"The games were kind of fun, but there was too much background stuff going on (i.e., factories and machines would scroll over to answer, and I just wanted the answer :) etc), made it a bit annoying. But the quizzes I thought were very helpful. They are a lot more straight to the point ABCD kind of questions which I like. I think they did a good job, because there is not really any FUN way to study for the most important test of our lives haha."

Sense a little hysteria? He's a smart teen though, and should do just fine.

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The interactive DS version will hit stores November 11 (US$29.99) and futureU for the PC and Mac is available at Aspyr Media or Amazon.

Posted by Evan    Category: entertainment | gaming | software
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