Common Sense Review
Updated May 2013

Number2.com

Free, encouraging test-prep site makes practice more lively
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Common Sense Rating 3
  • A whole bunch of solid test prep awaits you at Number2.com.
  • You can share as much personal info as you're comfortable with at sign-up.
  • Tips and instructional text are clear and conversational.
  • Both correct and incorrect answers come with detailed explanations.
  • Answer the Question of the Day to keep your mind sharp.
Pros
Quizzes are great, but it's the confidence-building answer text that really makes this site shine.
Cons
Once you exhaust the quizzes, there's nothing more to do here but review.
Bottom Line
With friendly feedback that's rare in the test-prep world, this free site is comprehensive, responsive, and easy to use.
Polly Conway
Common Sense Reviewer
Classroom teacher
Common Sense Rating 3
Engagement Is the product stimulating, entertaining, and engrossing? Will kids want to return? 3

Is test prep ever fun? Number2.com does its best to spice up the text kids read after answering a question, so it's certainly less dry than some programs. Design is basic but totally serviceable.

Pedagogy Is learning content seamlessly baked-in, and do kids build conceptual understanding? Is the product adaptable and empowering? Will skills transfer? 3

Depth of learning offered here is outstanding. With detailed descriptions of the reasons behind both right and wrong answers, kids get a solid understanding of subject matter. Questions also adapt to user skill level!

Support Does the product take into account learners of varying abilities, skill levels, and learning styles? Does it address both struggling and advanced students? 4

Tons of tutorials and tips give kids confidence before they've even started the quizzes, and scores are saved on a student dashboard. Extensions to sister sites (also free!) give kids the chance to further their study.

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How Can Teachers Use It?

Educators can sign up on the site to be "Coaches," and students who sign up can allow teachers access to their scores. As a Coach, you'll have access to a dashboard allowing you to track student progress, from score ranges to the exact vocab words they're missing. While the dashboard can be helpful, there's no way to give online feedback to your students. Although Coaches can work with multiple students, teachers might find it cumbersome to manage whole classes. If you have students who aren't able to afford pricey tutoring sessions or test-prep workbooks, you could definitely recommend this site to them. It may even be better than some of the pricier resources that exist. School counselors can follow the link to sister site The Counselor Center, which is another free resource for guiding students through test prep and beyond.

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What's It Like?

Number2.com is a website that offers free test prep for the SAT, ACT, and GRE. With lots of practice quizzes in all test subjects, as well as a vocabulary builder, the site helps kids get ready for test day. Number2.com says its practice quizzes are adaptive; the site responds to each correct answer, ensuring that the next question is harder or equally challenging.

Sign-up requires an email, password, and a test to focus on first –- the SAT, ACT, or GRE. From the home page, students see a series of progress bars that adjust as they complete each practice quiz. After reviewing each tutorial on their test section, they'll begin a 20-question practice quiz. Clicking once on an answer bubble will turn it gray, meaning it's their chosen response. Students can also eliminate an option by clicking an answer twice, which creates a big, red X over the bubble.

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Is It Good For Learning?

Test prep is akin to torture for most students; it's scary, stressful, and time-consuming. Number2.com tries to remove fear and pain from the process, and they do a fair job. Although it's not super modern or slick, the design is clean and easy to work with. They do their best to liven up the content, and the result is an almost-fun experience that turns a dry SAT study session into something at least doable. Plus, it's free!

The site's quality quizzes mimic actual test questions, and the way they're presented may help build confidence for panic-stricken test takers. Even wrong answers produce a "Good try" message on the screen, along with an explanation of what the choice meant with some critical-thinking strategies for next time. You can also guess until you're correct. And when you do get it right, Number2.com gives both positive feedback and rationale to support that particular answer.

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