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Game-based platform targets college prep, exams

By Laura Devaney
August 27th, 2015

Naviance Test Prep aims to support students preparing for the redesigned version of the SAT exam

test-prepHobsons has launched Naviance Test Prep, a new online learning platform that is intended to make test prep engaging and personalized for students.

The new solution uses game-based mechanics to deliver content from leading publishers, including McGraw Hill, Allen Prep, Cengage Learning, and MasteryPrep.

“At Hobsons, we recognize the importance of early preparation and academic preparedness when it comes to standardized testing and college readiness exams — not to simply teach to a test but to help students take advantage of opportunity,” said Stephen M. Smith, president of advising and admissions solutions for Hobsons. “Over years of delivering test preparation as part of a comprehensive college and career planning curriculum, we’ve learned that students require an engaging, adaptive approach to instruction in order to maximize their effort. However, even more important is the need to provide actionable insight and reporting to educators so they can identify those students with the most needs. With Naviance Test Prep, institutions — starting with middle schools — can assess the level of academic readiness for each of their students, and deliver the appropriate interventions to improve results.”

Naviance Test Prep is integrated with the Naviance platform, which enables students to access all of their college and career planning resources in one place, and helps school counselors and administrators report on the progress of their institutions’ college readiness efforts while delivering individualized guidance and instruction to each student.

The new courses are personalized to help students maximize study time by focusing on content most important to them. The game-based solution rewards students with achievements and badges as they answer questions correctly.

The latest research on gamification and learning indicates that students are more likely to learn critical concepts when materials contain incentives and game mechanics.

In addition to helping students prepare for the ACT and SAT, Naviance Test Prep now offers content for ACT Aspire and 18 Advanced Placement(R) courses, furthering students’ ability to pursue their college and career readiness goals. The new solution also is aligned to Common Core and ACT standards, and content is continually refreshed by subject-matter experts from various publishers.

Naviance Test Prep was built with schools and educators in mind. Intelligent reporting shows how students are progressing, where they need to improve, and which students need additional support. Students using the foundational technology for Naviance Test Prep saw an average 16 percent test score improvement based on a recent survey. Other useful features include:

  • Score Predictions: Based on historical course data, Naviance Test Prep predicts a student’s score on test day.
  • Tablet Compatibility: For ultimate ease of use, the platform is compatible with any iOS, Android, or Windows device.
  • Fresh Content: Content is continually refreshed by subject matter experts.

Material from a press release was used in this report.

About the Author:

Laura Devaney

Laura Ascione Devaney is the Managing Editor, Content Services at eSchool Media. She is a graduate of the University of Maryland's prestigious Philip Merrill College of Journalism. When she isn't wrangling her two children, Laura enjoys running, photography, home improvement, and rooting for the Terps. Find Laura on Twitter: @eSN_Laura http://twitter.com/eSN_Laura