CDs help students on PSAT, SAT, ACT

September 24, 2001|By Liisa May | Liisa May,SPECIAL TO THE SUN

What: Higher Score Deluxe 2002. For students planning to take the SAT, PSAT and ACT college entrance exams. This five-CD package from prep-test giant Kaplan Inc. offers not only test practice but also a study plan and an analysis of test-taking skills.

Only two of the five CDs are devoted to preparation: the others are the "Newsweek Guide to Colleges"; how to succeed in school; and how to pay for higher education. The Encore Education test software is laid out well, with a clear-spoken human tour guide. Test pages are designed simply, so as not to confuse the test taker. It's also possible to take the test on paper. An added bonus is a games section that reinforces what is being taught.

Why: This program seems ideal for a student who is a self-starter and motivated to spend time preparing. The test is meticulously timed and even includes a crash-course plan. For some students, a course like this is less distracting than attending a class, although the software comes with a $100 discount coupon for Kaplan courses or $50 off for an online course.

Why Not: Some students, no matter their age, do not work well by themselves. For such students, a class or tutor might be more productive, although there is no reason the software couldn't be used as a supplement. The price is one of the lowest of all the applications out there.

Details: About $40. Windows 95 or later, Pentium 200, 16 MB RAM, 15 MB disk space; uses QuickTime. Also runs on Mac PowerPC 603e/604e, System 7.5 or later, 24 MB RAM, 18 MB disk space.

Information: www.

Liisa May writes for Newsday, a Tribune Publishing newspaper.

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