SAT prep services get into video games
This could also be a negative by making it easier for kids to disguise their gaming time.
Kid: (Just about to take out Bowser in the New Super Mario for DS)
Mom: HEY stop playing with your DS and get back to work.
Kid: I'm just studying for my SAT.
Now I just hope they would make a game for the GRE, then I'll be 110% behind this.
With SAT scores at their lowest level in years, two of the country's largest test-prep course providers are pairing with video game companies for the first time, to give students another way to practice for these oft-dreaded exams.
Aspyr Media Inc.'s "futureU" PC game, designed with Kaplan Inc. to help students study for the SATs using simple math, reading and writing games, is now selling for $40. A portable version for the handheld Nintendo DS is expected to be available in mid-October for $30 and a downloadable version is also in the works.
Princeton Review Inc. is also collaborating on a test-prep game, with France's Ubisoft Entertainment SA. Called "My SAT Coach" and available for the Nintendo DS, it is due to go on sale this month for $30. It includes timed drills and more than 2,000 practice questions, as well as two full tests.