Mobile Apps for Test Preparation
Aug 26, 2011
Educational apps are a great tool for test preparation. With their portability and interactive nature, they enable students to learn on the go and take full advantage of dead time. The apps presented here help students prepare for a variety of important tests.
1. Kaplan SAT Flashcubes
Kaplan SAT Flashcubes is a unique flashcard concept specifically designed as an app for mobile devices. The cubes contain over 500 words that will prepare students for the Critical Reading and Writing sections of the SAT, where a strong expertise with vocabulary is essential. The different sides of the cubes include different ways to learn the words, including definitions, synonyms and examples of the words in sentences.
2. ACT Math Aptitude
Focusing on the math content of the ACT, this app includes over 1,300 questions and solutions. More than just a basic quiz tool, this app furthers students' test preparation by offering performance analysis tools and review questions targeted towards areas that were a challenge the first time through. Among the many features of the quizzes in this app are a timer and varying difficulty levels.
VocabuList is a series of apps designed to simply and effectively teach students vocabulary words that are common to the SAT and ACT. Each app contains 500 words that are color-coded for improved comprehension. The app features multi-touch scrolling and a shake-to-shuffle feature.
4. My Spelling Test
My Spelling Test is a highly interactive app that allows kids to create their own spelling tests. This means that kids can enter the words they need to learn for class and focus only on that vocabulary. The scores from each test are saved, providing parents the opportunity to monitor progress.
5. Peterson's Test Prep Trivia
Peterson's, the maker of this app, is known for its wide range of test preparation resources. This app offers users the opportunity to prepare for a wide array of tests, including the ISEE, SSAT, HSPT, COOP and SAT. Users can take solo quizzes, challenge friends through Facebook and take full-length, timed mock exams.
6. Spanish Test Pro
One of a series of language-based test preparation apps, Spanish Test Pro builds competency in Spanish and prepares students for school exams. The app tests grammar and vocabulary skills using thousands of unique questions. It tracks scores in order to encourage improvement.
7. Prep for the SAT - Critical Reading by MemoryLifter
This test preparation app uses multimedia flashcards called Learning Modules to make studying for the SAT's Critical Reading section fun and productive. The learning system is based on an algorithm developed by Sebastian Leitner, a European learning psychologist. Its goal is to improve long-term information retention by recognizing material students know well and focusing on areas of weakness.
8. ISEE/SSAT Vocab by Davidson Tutoring
This app prepares students for the ISEE or SSAT, two common high school entrance exams. 500 vocabulary words are grouped into quizzes, with easy, medium and hard categories. Each word has a definition, part of speech and sample sentence to help foster meaning through context.
9. 3rd Grade Math Testing Prep
This app helps students prepare for the math sections of 3rd grade state tests. The age-specific content covers addition, subtraction, math with money, telling time and other math skills a 3rd grader may be tested on in order to advance. Its creators, 965 Studios, have additional apps aimed at other grade levels.
10. SAT - Flick2Learn
Intended to replace bulky study guides, SAT - Flick2Learn provides complete review for the Critical Reading, Writing and Math sections of the SAT. Rather than providing long quizzes, this app focuses on bite-sized test preparation. Students can develop their skills one question at a time, with analysis tools that record progress.
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