Parents' Guide to

The Grading Game

By Ana Beltran, Common Sense Media Reviewer

age 13+

Mark every mistake in advanced grammar game.

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This fun proofreading game offers a range of difficulty levels, but it’s definitely more appropriate for teens who will understand the content and find humor in some of the crude and mature remarks. The Grading Game doesn't teach spelling or grammar; instead, it tests users' ability to identify mistakes in writing samples, so a foundation in these skills is necessary to play. The timed sessions require fast-paced reading and an eye for mistakes. A definite plus is the fact that the size of text and the line spacing can be adjusted to be inclusive of different preferences and abilities. The Free mode that allows players to turn off the timer to play at their own pace takes the pressure off the game and encourages focus on spelling and grammar. Some of the topics are also quite comical. For example, the explanation of "spite houses" and "spite fences" designed to upset neighbors will have readers chuckling to themselves. The interface is easy to navigate but lacks a bit of luster, and the graphics and color quality are dated. Some users may also dispute some of the identified -- or unidentified -- errors. Despite these flaws, The Grading Game is a fun way to pass time and enjoy playing against the clock to identify all the spelling and grammatical errors in each of the quirky papers. Some of the mistakes are super obvious, while others are a bit harder to spot, ensuring that players stay on their toes.

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