Parents' Guide to

My SAT Coach

By Harold Goldberg, Common Sense Media Reviewer

age 14+

An enjoyable addition to an SAT course or tutor.

Game Nintendo DS 2008
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But the game sometimes acts too much like a chiding tutor. If you try to go directly to the math section, you'll be told "Cheating includes moving forward to new sections or backwards to completed sections." Obviously, the game wants to get you used to the test itself (the timed nature of quizzes proves this as well). Being firm and being colloquial are not opposing qualities in a teacher, even a virtual one. But to mention this in the first half hour of the game is a bit heavy-handed.

Still, there's a lot here that's impressive. To do well on the SAT, you do indeed have to get used to the timed nature of the quizzes. And it's better to get used to it here than during the SAT exam itself. If you get a question wrong, the game explains to you the correct response. You even get two complete practice exams to work on once you've done many of the mini quizzes. While the game could use some fun graphics to enhance the everyday language that's presented as text, it feels like a worthy, generally comprehensive addition to your SAT book, course, or tutor.

Game Details

  • Platform: Nintendo DS
  • Available online?: Not available online
  • Publisher: UbiSoft
  • Release date: September 23, 2008
  • Genre: Educational
  • ESRB rating: E for Mild Language
  • Last updated: November 4, 2015

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