Middle School Vocabulary Prep

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What we like best:

Self-paced learning modules and untimed tests make this an effective and low-stress vocabulary practice tool.

What you should know:

The app includes prompts to buy other paid apps and upgrades from the same developer.
Full Review:

It's the day of the final exam, but the kids aren’t panicked—they’ve already taken the big test more than once! Middle School Vocabulary Prep isn't the most exciting app in the world, but it has a big database of practice words, word quizzes and sample tests, and it gets the job done.

Refreshingly, there are no exclamations from cartoon characters saying "Good job!" or "Try again!" This is a serious study tool appropriate for kids as they move into the middle school years. It's also pretty low-stress—nothing is timed and the interface is simple and free of distractions (aside from some soothing music that can be turned off). The assessment tests and word lists are on the difficult side for fifth graders, but on target for traditional middle school, grades 6 through 8.

Luckily, the challenge is in the vocabulary, not using the app, which is very user-friendly. The word lists are extensive and tests are different every time. Because there's no scolding—and no penalties for wrong answers—this is a great long-term learning tool for fifth grade and above. There's also a helpful email feature that lets students share scores with parents or teachers.

Teacher Features:
There are some neat teacher features like support for multiple students and an administrator profile, but they require a paid upgrade.
Reviewed 2012-10-14 on iPhone iOS5 by Vicki Windman

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Grade:Fifth Grade
Platform:Android, Apple
Publisher:965 Studios
Standards:CCSS.ELA-Literacy.RF.5.3 CCSS.ELA-Literacy.RF.5.4