Makes Studying SAT Words Fun
This is the cream of the SAT crop of apps. By using humor, rhyming poems, and clever mnemonic clues, SAT Word Slam makes learning 400 of the most used SAT words a breeze. Instead of being faced with static flashcards that run together in your mind, this app makes learning new words exciting. The app has professional voice actors read funny poems that explain the definition of words you want to learn. They are topical and silly, frequently including references to famous people.
How to Use It
For example, to learn the word "abase," an actor reads:
To embarrass or to humble, To make one a disgrace.
Barry Bonds was blushing, When he couldn't steal a base.
This poetic definition is then followed up with the mnemonic: "A baseball player was abased when he couldn't steal a base." Teens next hear a funny throw-away comment about how hard can it be to steal a base? -- all you need to do is toss the thing in the back of your truck.
Puts Teens in Control
After learning a set of words, kids can choose to be tested on what they learned. The test questions take the form of presenting a sentence with a blank word missing and then providing a list to choose from. Occasionally a question is simply the definition, and kids select the correct word from a list. If you get a word wrong during the testing, the app offers you the option to learn the word right then before continuing on with the test. Kids return to the section to hear the silly poem and mnemonic clue. This excellent feature reinforces the learning at the time when kids are thinking about it.
Try FREE Version Before You Buy
To see if your budding wordsmith will like this app, try the SAT Word Slam FREE
first -- it provides complete functionality of the app; but instead of getting 400 words to learn, you only get 25. For those that don't have iOS, this fun app is based on a book of the same name by Jodi Fodor.
You Can Purchase More Words
With the most recent update, players can now purchase an additional 400 words via in-app purchase for $2.99.
This SAT Word Slam app review was written by Jinny Gudmundsen, and it updates the information from the original app review published on May 17, 2013.
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