After parents find out what the current cost of college is; What do you tell them? Some SAT prep courses cost literally hundreds of dollars or more, and are not necessarily tailored to a specific student’s needs. How can one be sure someone is prepped correctly for the PSAT or SAT, let alone be enrolled and expected to pay attention in another class after school or Saturday? Zinkerz Technologies LTD has recently updated their already stellar app Zinkerz Prep for the SAT Test – Full Practice Test and SAT Prep, Personalized For You, and made it better! Zinkerz Technologies stays on top of trends in education and what is currently being tested on the SAT. They are diligent in keeping their apps current. This is a subscription-based service that you can pay for by the month, 3 or 4 months periods, or over a year. It covers it all from how to take a test to geometry and grammar. An important thing to stress here is that one can learn and play within their own time frame and when they are most open to receiving feedback and learn to modify their responses, rather than being confined to a specific point in time. For kids to learn, they need to be in that just right state of arousal and have stress reduced to a minimum. And as we know with young adults or teenagers, that just right time may be at 3 am, and not at 8 am on Saturday morning. What I love
about this app is its ability to help kids learn over time without being judgmental. The beauty of its conception is that it is completely under the user’s control, and there is not a second party commenting or correcting. Kids can explore their responses, and if incorrect can find out why as a matter of fact and in a straightforward manner. Simply click on the light bulb for the correct response, and the reasoning is illuminated.
Zinkerz Prep for the SAT Test is first of all, engaging. The raccoon mascot, Mody, is a winner and serves as a friend who is completely in your corner. On opening one takes a short diagnostic test to find out a one’s strengths and weaknesses. The program then analyzes the data to come up with a personalized program complete with an in-depth progress tracking. Study schedules or “Workouts” are then compiled for short daily study and/or a weekly practice test. The workouts include Tips and Tricks for test taking, a Mini Challenge, Drills, and Flashcards.
- Tips and Tricks explain the art of test taking so that one knows what the test question is asking and the ways that one may be led astray. It also gives the opportunity for practice identifying the strategy that is employed with particular questions. And man-o-man that is a science in and of itself! Some of the Tips and Tricks contain video explanations.
- The Mini Challenges are tailored to help improve weak spots or test your knowledge against the clock. This is especially helpful as the SAT is a timed test, and being able to know when to stick with a question or move forward is an important skill to learn.
- Drills vary and help challenge your mastery of language and basic knowledge.
- The Flashcards help build vocabulary by presenting a word with not only its definition and synonyms but in a sentence too. The nice part of this section is that there is a choice to discard words that one knows, and keep unfamiliar words in the pile to practice in future workouts.
Four full practice exams with a promise of more on the way are timed and graded. The app keeps it positive, encouraging the user throughout their whole experience, but does not shy away from one’s weak points. In each of the workouts are updates on performance, complete with an estimated score on the SAT. The app can be used on/offline making it portable and
great to use in downtimes of waiting or even outside. The workout sections are short, and even the busiest of kids can tap in and out and see their skills increase over time. I would highly recommend this app to any family with kids about to take the SAT within the next coming year. It is well thought out and plays to an adolescent’s or young adult’s sensibilities and time frames. The feedback I got, was this was “doable” and with that, it’s a top pick!
Jo Booth OTR/L has been an Occupational Therapist for over 35 years, and currently practices at EasterSeals of Sepa, Montgomery County Division mainly focusing in Early Intervention. It is an APS (Approved Private School) and home outreach based setting. She has also worked in Adolescent and Adult Rehabilitation. Writing reviews for Teachers With Apps has been a tremendous opportunity and experience to share and learn with others.