My SAT Coach: Princeton Review
Great for what it does, like a companion CD-ROM for a prep book.
This "game" isn't really a game, but rather a "coach" as the brand title would imply. It is designed for taking the SAT or even just studying the SAT level material. The "game" consists of mini-quizzes for several key areas associated with taking the test, such as the Reading, Writing, and Math sections. Basically these quizzes break down into 10 questions for their given topic and you fill out the answer sheet just like you would the test answer sheet, by filling in a circle for the corresponding answer. Of course, there are also little "mini-games" as well, which drill you on your ability to not only get the right answers to these types of problems, but to complete them as fast as possible - almost like a speed math type thing, but for all categories. Each question has an overall clock that will countdown and basically the longer you take per question, the less that question is worth on your overall score. At the end your time and score are tallied up and you are given a rating breakdown as to how you did. Perhaps the nicest part of this whole package though is the feedback you get from the "game" once the tests and so forth are completed. You are able to review each question, see the right answer, and then you are given the logic behind the right answer and how to, perhaps, be able to spot it next time based on various hints and strategies. Of course, nothing would prepare you for taking the actual SAT like taking an actual SAT, and this "game" allows you to do just that. As you may know, the SAT is a 3 1/2 hour test, and you'll get the whole nine yards of it - thankfully, and quite ingeniously, you can pause the test and come back to it later if you need to, so you don't have to stress about sinking an entire afternoon into the test if you don't want to. All in all, I would have to say that while it seemed like the title should have had a little more in the way of drills and so on, what you get is a very well finished product. The delivery of the quizzes and tests is smooth and painless, and the questions are challenging enough to help you get better at the test - which is the point, isn't it? The music is ok, too - which is oddly something I wouldn't have expected the title to have at all. The bottom line is, if your out there looking for a convenient way to prepare yourself for the SAT or you simply enjoy challenging yourself so you'll stay sharp - this is a great way to get you started. For the price you pay, you get what is arguably just as good as any companion CD-ROM you'd get with a real SAT prep book - but you will lack the overall substance that you'd find in the in-depth explanations a book would provide. Still though, as I iterated earlier, this is a great investment for the cost and one I would recommend checking into if you need something portable, convenient, and still worthwhile.