Test4Time

App review by
Christy Matte, Common Sense Media
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Do simple math problems to earn more screen time.

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The parents' guide to what's in this app.

Educational Value

Kids can practice their math facts and also start to think about having a balance in the types of screen time they use. But because parents can't choose which math facts to practice beyond setting a grade level, this is more about the screen limits than learning math. 

Ease of Play

Interface for kids is incredibly simple, but parent setup didn't feel as smooth. More clarity in the labels/directions would help.

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What parents need to know

Parents need to know that Test4Time is an app that offers kids the opportunity to earn more on-screen play time by answering math questions. It's geared toward kids in kindergarten through 6th grade, but the 6th grade math problems were more on target for 3rd or 4th grade. Likewise, young kindergartners may not yet be ready for addition and subtraction, the lowest level of problems available. Luckily, there's a week-long free trial, so you can test it out before subscribing. Note that kids who already dislike math may resent doing the problems and see math as a negative task. The parent setup is fairly simple but could use a bit more clarity for total ease. Read the app's privacy policy to find out about the information collected and shared.  

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What's it about?

TEST4TIME allows parents to give kids a screen time allotment, which they can then increase by answering math problems. Parents will need to set up a child account with the appropriate grade level. They can choose which apps will be limited, how much time kids start with, and if there's a limit to the total time kids can have. Once activated, kids use their device as usual until time runs out. They then have the choice to put the device away or solve math problems to earn more time. Each problem solved adds a minute of time to their total.

Is it any good?

This is a creative way for parents to encourage kids to balance learning activities with just-for-fun screen time, but it could make math the enemy. Test4Time doesn't have a lot of bells and whistles, but it does what it sets out to do without being obtrusive about it (until the time limit is up, of course). It would probably be a bit more useful for older kids if parents could choose what math skills to focus on or even input their own problems to align with what kids are studying in school. And some parents might prefer to be able to set their own increments of time to earn. If your kid already groans when it's time to do math, it's possible using arithmetic problems as a barrier to fun could increase a kid's negative feelings about math. Also, the subscription costs seem hefty for what the app does, and it seems better suited to a one-time fee, but for the right kid, it could be worth it. It's a solid little app that does what it should, and the free trial is ample time to decide if it's right for you.

Talk to your kids about ...

  • Families can talk about screen time limits. What are they and why do you have them? How does an app like Test4Time try to help with screen use? How do we use screens in balance with other activities?

  • Talk about using math during the course of a normal day, and make a game of practicing math facts while waiting in line or sitting in traffic to help kids grow in comfort level and speed.

  • Do you think this is a good app for learning? Why, or why not? What can you learn? 

  • Make sure to find really engaging, fun math activities and apps so that kids don't see math problems as a barrier to fun. Check out our lists to find something that works for your kid.

App details

  • Device: Android
  • Subjects: Math: addition, arithmetic, division, multiplication, subtraction
  • Skills: Self-Direction: motivation, time management, working efficiently
    Tech Skills: using and applying technology
  • Price: Free to try
  • Pricing structure: Free to Try (Seven-day free trial)
  • Subscription price: Starts at $1.99/month
  • Release date: July 6, 2017
  • Category: Education
  • Publisher: Tim Smock
  • Version: 1.1.2
  • Minimum software requirements: Android 4.4 and up

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