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SAT Method Test Prep

By Susan W. Hixson - Posted Sep 1, 2008
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Company: Method Test Prep, P.O. Box 172, West Islip, NY 11795-0172. Phone: (800) 313-0493; Internet: Purchasing contact: CCV Software,  

Price: $895—single year school subscription, SAT Method Basic Test Prep. $2,895—single year school subscription, SAT Method Deluxe Text Prep.

Audience: Students in grades 11 and 12.

Format: Online test prep program that provides evaluation tests, lessons, practice questions, and sample tests.

Minimum System Requirements: A computer with a 1-GHz processor, 512 MB RAM, 1024x768 monitor, current web browser, internet access, and Flash Player 8.

Description: SAT Method Test Prep is an online test preparation program. The program begins with evaluation tests in mathematics, critical reading, and writing followed by specific lessons and practice questions.

 Report Card

Overall Rating: *****

 Installation A

Content/Features A

Ease of Use A

Product Support A

Reviewer Comments:

Installation: Students log in with a username and password. No special software is needed; an internet connection and current web browser are all that are required. Students can begin to work independently within a few minutes of their initial access. Installation Rating: A

Content/Features: SAT Method Test Prep is a tutorial program designed to strengthen the testing skills of students preparing for the SAT. The Method Test Prep company also offers ACT and SAT Deluxe Test Prep versions. The SAT Deluxe Test Prep includes audio explanations of more than 1,400 SAT questions from The Official SAT Study Guide test-prep book.

The SAT Method Test Prep homepage includes links to evaluation tests, lessons, practice questions, and practice tests. Evaluation tests are provided for math, critical reading, and writing. The lessons cover math, critical reading, writing, and vocabulary building.

The practice questions focus on math (multiple choice, grid-ins), critical reading (sentence completion, reading passages), and writing (identifying errors, improving sentences and paragraphs). The practice tests include two full-length SAT tests. The practice questions and practice tests are timed. Hundreds of SAT questions are available.

A new section provides a PDF that users can open to see samples of student essays, showing how they were written and scored. Grammar rules and a math packet can be printed out to enhance learning opportunities.

Guidelines are provided to keep student practice on schedule for a 6-week course of study. Students can be signed up at school and can access the program on their own time at home; they can also sign up at home and use the program independently.

Student progress is tracked; areas of strength and weakness are noted. Immediate feedback is provided with specific practice questions. As questions are scored, students can ask for an explanation. The explanation, designed to provide strategies for answering future questions, is provided in a detailed teaching format and clear speaking voice. Often, multiple ways of thinking about a question are included. Dozens of test-taking tips are offered throughout the practice.

Full-length exams are provided for practice. A timer lets students know if they are working on a question too long.

The vocabulary section includes features that build personal lists of vocabulary words mastered and vocabulary words to study. A Quick Study Vocabulary Builder is available.

The Method Test Prep site also offers a college search tool powered by CollegeView. Students can begin an online college search defined by region of the country (Northeast, Midwest, South, West), state, major, and school type (4-year, 2-year, private, public). Content/Features Rating: A

Ease of Use: This program is easy to navigate and understand. Students can log in and begin to work immediately. Ease of Use Rating: A

Product Support: Product support is available by toll-free telephone and by email. Product Support Rating: A

Recommendation: SAT Method Test Prep is a comprehensive approach to preparation for taking the SAT. This program provides tools that help students prepare to handle the SAT in terms of test format and question content.

The program provides opportunities for visual learning, kinesthetic learning, and auditory reinforcement designed to help learners as they process information. The program is user-friendly and full of information designed to prepare students for the SAT. Students can learn at their own pace, using as much or as little of the program as they need.

I highly recommend SAT Method Test Prep as a tool to prepare students for the SAT.

Reviewer: Susan W. Hixson, Educational Consultant.

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