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Apple Games Features futureU
6:00 AM | Cord Kruse | Comment on this story

Apple Games latest feature examines futureU, a new SAT prep video game from Aspyr Media and Kaplan. The game adapts Kaplan's test preparation material into a series of interactive games. Apple's article includes an overview of futureU's features as well as a brief history of the SAT.

The Reading area of the curriculum, which helps you prepare for the Critical Reading and Writing sections of the SAT, is broken into two parts: Glyph and Predictions. The former breaks a word into two parts; drag the Glyph Stones representing their meanings to the correct spots in the answer. For example, the word “navigator” contains the roots “nau, nav” and “or.” What do they mean? If you answered “ship, sailor” and “partaker,” you would be correct.

In Predictions, read a passage and write the words that fill in the blanks. Then match those words to the best answer from a set of four choices. You complete five of them at a time, so remember the context of your guesses when perusing the answers. Predictions builds on your knowledge of such concepts as main idea, specific and implied information, technique, themes, and more.

The Writing part of your SAT prep class contains two types of games that help you practice for the Sentence and Paragraph Improvement portions of the SAT’s Writing section. In Ante Up Grade, you choose your challenge level — one, three, or five — and select the response that best fills the blank in a sentence. Decide how confident you are in your answer, on a scale from one to ten — if you’re correct, your point total equals your challenge level plus your confidence. You can only use confidence point values once each, however, so assign high numbers to questions that you’re the most confident about answering.
Check out the full article at the page linked below.

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