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SAT preparation software
This latest version of SAT preparation software from The Princeton Review discards the rough edges found in previous versions and focuses on the basics: helping students raise their standardized test scores by offering sound test-taking strategies, and specific subject review.
The program is divided into six main sections or classrooms: Intro, General Strategies, Verbal, Math, Tests, and College Counselor. Verbal and Math rooms include specific lessons for each of the subjects included on the tests, while the College Counselor room holds useful information for the confused college applicant.
Students initially take a tour of the program, which outlines its many resources and suggests a plan of attack. The General Strategies section offers solid advice on how best to take the tests. According to The Princeton Review, test taking is like a game, and students who score highly are those who know how best to play the game. Such basics as eliminating obviously wrong answers, avoiding easy answers on difficult questions, and educated guessing, are concisely described in this section.
Lesson sections are relatively painless and highly informative. Not only do they go over the basics, but they help users strategize in useful ways. For example, students receive advice on when to use calculators and when to use scratch paper, how best to tackle analogies, ways to beef up their lexicons and more.
The College Counselor portion includes extensive information about the PSAT, the SAT and the ACT.
Information about financial aid offered through The Princeton Review and Merrill Lynch is available in .pdf format, as are applications for Federal Stafford and Federal Plus loans. Also included is a complete paper copy of The Princeton Review’s "Paying for College Without Going Broke 1999 Edition”. This resource includes detailed information on financial aid and college costs, with line-by-line tips for completing the 1999-2000 Financial Aid Forms.
The College ‘search’ feature asks the student to define personal characteristics as well as those of his or her ideal institution and then generates a list of matching schools. Finally, a ‘Web’ option connects the user with the Princeton Review Web site which includes helpful links and student services, and features a downloadable version of Apply! software. This software allows students to access multiple college applications and apply online.
Practice makes perfect, and Inside the SAT allows the student plenty of test-taking practice in the forms of drills, which provide instant feedback on the correctness of the response, and full length tests. A report feature also keeps track of the users progress.
Our reviewers did not encounter any difficulties with program navigation or performance. Connecting to the Internet from the program was instantaneous and trouble-free.
PC: Windows 95/98, 486/66 MHz Processor or faster, 25 MB free hard drive space, 16 MB RAM, SVGA display, Double-speed or faster CD-ROM, Sound card, Modem.return to top of page
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