Online Test Prep Resources: Number2 Reviewed
Each week, the Education Techie reviews tech tools that can help students and teachers. This week, the Techie is reviewing test prep resources. Today's review: Number2.
What Is It?
Number2 is a website that offers test prep help for three standardized tests - the SAT, the GRE and the ACT. To use the site, you need to enroll in a specific program for one of these three tests, or for the vocabulary builder tutorial that is intended to help with standardized testing. When you sign up to get testing help with one of the three standardized tests, you are automatically enrolled in the vocabulary builder as well.
For this review, I opted to take the SAT course. When I signed up for an account, the program gave me the option to include the email of a 'coach,' presumably a parent or a teacher, who would be monitoring my progress on the site. You can also enter in the date of your test so the program can calibrate to your needs. When you are done signing up for an account, you are given the option to select which days you'd like to receive emails from the program. These emails are intended to keep users on track by providing reminders, progress reports and sample questions.
The SAT prep section is arranged in categories like critical reading, quantitative and writing. There is also a test tips section and a demonstration of how the program structure works. The quantitative section covers math topics that will be on the SAT, like algebra and geometry. There's also an arithmetic refresher so you can dust off basic math skills you may not have used in a while. The critical reading section focuses on the sentence completion and reading comprehension questions, while the writing section focuses on grammar. An essay tutorial is also included, so you can be prepared for the writing section.
What Are Its Pros and Cons?
Though Number2 doesn't feature a slick, fancy design with a lot of widgets and interactive apps, the program seems solid and focused on helping students. I like how well rounded it is, and I think its simple design could actually help students focus on the task at hand - rather than provide opportunities for distraction. I also like the fact that there is the opportunity for parental or educator involvement. Some students might not appreciate this, but I know that parents likely will, and it's nice that there's the option to not take advantage of this if you don't want to.
One drawback of the site's simple design is that there can be large blocks of instructional text that aren't broken up by images or examples. This lack of visual appeal may bore some students. Additionally, some of the site's content may be outdated for today's high school students. For example, in one exercise in the grammar tutorial, there is a reference to the '90s teen drama Dawson's Creek. However, the content is explained clearly, and explanations are given for why you got an answer right or wrong. Overall, Number2 has the potential to be a useful tool, and I like that the content is totally free.
Where Can I Find It?
Visit Number2 to study up for a specific test, or to take advantage of the vocabulary builder. Click here to go to the site.
This is the first in a series of reviews of test prep resources. The Education Techie will continue to review test prep resources this week, so keep reading to learn about more of these tools!