The Scholastic Aptitude Test. The SAT's. The College Entrance Board examination. Pretty scary sounding words for most high school students -- and their parents. So what should you do? Today's options range from do nothing ("It's an aptitude test, right?"), to hiring a personal coach for your child. Between these extremes lie paper-based study guides, multimedia software programs, and special classes. To see what the experts have to say about these options, check out our feature article on The SAT: How to Prepare.
SuperKids looked at four software programs that variously claim to raise scores, reduce anxiety, and out-smart the test-writers. Do they work? Although no rigorous studies have been published documenting their value, SuperKids believes each of the titles we tested offers the potential to improve a test-taker's performance. If nothing more, studying for the SAT should increase students' familiarity with the exam, and at least temporarily improve their vocabulary.
Which one of these four titles is best for your high school student? All of them cover the same material; they differ primarily in approach and presentation. Read below for cameo descriptions, then click on the titles that interest you to see what our parent, teacher, and kid reviewers had to say.
Take a look at the ratings tables below, then click on the titles of the software you are interested in to see the complete review, or click on "PC" or "Mac" in the Buyers Guide column to see the results of SuperKids latest price survey.
the SAT '97
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for the SAT
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