(From eSchool News September 2005 print edition)

LearningExpress LLC offers a variety of test-prep materials, including SAT study guides, through its Advantage web application.

LearningExpress Advantage offers skill-building, assessment, test preparation, reporting, and vocational resources together in a single, online platform. Districts and schools can use LearningExpress Advantage to meet a broad range of needs, the company says–from improving students’ proficiency in math, reading, and writing in middle and high school, to raising scores on college entrance exams, to facilitating data-driven instruction and transitioning students from high school to the workplace.

LearningExpress says its Advantage SAT Preparation Program effectively prepares students for the new essay-writing portion of the exam through in-depth content review, test-taking strategies, ongoing writing practice, instant scoring, and skills assessment. The diagnostic and reporting tools in the application are intended to help teachers accurately evaluate–and aid in the development of–students’ writing skills. In addition, the program’s flexible online format allows it to be used as an instructional resource for teachers in the classroom or as an independent study tool for students.

Through the Advantage SAT Preparation Program, students have access to a wide range of essay prompts to reinforce their writing skills and help familiarize them with the test format. Immediately after writing and submitting a practice essay online, students receive a detailed breakdown of how they performed in each of the five key areas measured by the College Board. LearningExpress says its electronic scoring is highly accurate and is based on the rubrics used to score the official SAT.

LearningExpress Advantage is available on an annual subscription basis. Once a school has subscribed, its students receive unlimited access to the program from any web-enabled computer.

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