SAT Vocab by MindSnacks

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Cynthia Chiong, Common Sense Media
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9 fun ways to practice; purchase needed to unlock full app.

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Educational Value

Kids can learn vocabulary words while having fun with SAT Vocab – MindSnacks. Once you make the in-app purchase to unlock all 25 levels, you'll get 500 SAT vocabulary words to practice in nine games. Kids first study the words, then test their knowledge through activities such as quickly recognizing the definition of a given word, or matching a word with its definition, picture label, and antonym. The levels may at first seem to take a long time to complete, but by the time you do, you'll have mastered the words. SAT Vocab – MindSnacks turns what could be a mundane memorization task into a fun and useful activity.

Ease of Play

The interface is simple and easy to navigate. Gameplay is usually but not always intuitive; if you need guidance, you can pause the game to get help.

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If you don't solve your words before the water drains from the fish tank, the fish dies; it has Xs for eyes, angel wings, and a halo. In a different game, misspelling a word causes birds to be electrocuted. It's all cartoonish and not graphic.

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The first level is free. A $4.99 in-app purchase unlocks all 25 levels.

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What parents need to know

Parents need to know that SAT Vocab – MindSnacks is an educational app that adds a bit of fun to what might be a stressful task of SAT prep. Kids can also use the games as a general vocabulary builder -- ever wondered what polemical means? In addition to definitions, kids can learn the pronunciation, antonyms, and spelling of SAT-level words. The first level is free, and the rest are a $4.99 in-app purchase. Players must create an account with MindSnacks or log in with through Facebook; the app promises not to share without your permission. You can share high scores via the Game Center social network, but participation is optional.

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What's it about?

SAT Vocab – MindSnacks begins with a review feature where you can study the definitions, including a picture and audio label. Then kids test their knowledge through nine timed mini-games, ranging from turning blocks on a totem pole, to matching the definition with antonyms and pictures, to a spelling tasks and sentence completion. The app tracks your progress with each word and also tracks your overall progress. Players who purchase the upgrade cover 500 words over 25 levels.

Is it any good?

SAT Vocab – MindSnacks takes what could be a mundane task of memorizing definitions and turns it into a fun endeavor. The nine different ways of attacking words and the adaptive nature of the app help ensure that those uncertain words become familiar. With the different mini-games and the adrenalin rush of the fast-paced timer, cramming the same word list over and over doesn't get boring, but it sure reinforces learning the words.

Talk to your kids about ...

  • You can play too! These words are challenging for parents as well. Provide some friendly competition.

  • Kids can get push notifications of the word of the day to make learning those SAT word lists easier.

App details

For kids who love words

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