From: LavaMind
Published: Sat Nov 26 2005

LavaMind, a San Francisco-based game company that has been producing award-winning educational software for over a decade, has just launched the LavaMind Study Center (, a test prep software package for preparing students for the SAT I, SAT II, PSAT and ACT exams.

Over the past five years, LavaMind has a built its reputation around its business simulation games. LavaMind's first title, Gazillionaire, a business simulation software package, is now being used in hundreds of schools and colleges across the country.

LavaMind's brand new Study Center ( software is the only free software package with nearly all the features of a Princeton Review or Stanley Kaplan.

"It's 100% free," says Naomi Kokubo. "That's right. We don't charge a penny because we firmly believe that not only privileged students, who come from families that can afford to pay for Stanley Kaplan or Princeton Review, should get help in preparing for their college exams."

LavaMind' Study Center is has an extensive list of features, including interactive quizzes, tutorials, frequently used word quizzes, critical word exams, vocabulary tests, and extended online resources.


Interactive Quizzes:

The Study Center comes with an array of interactive quizzes that provide you with instant feedback -- scoring you after every ten questions.
- math quizzes (interactive online)
- verbal quizzes (interactive online)
- vocabulary quizzes (interactive online)
- critical words quizzes (interactive online)
- frequently used words quizzes (interactive online)

Tactics & Strategies:

In this tutorial, we cover the tactics and strategies for boosting your test scores, time-saving tips, how to gauge questions, analyzing answers, calculating by steps, pacing, smart guessing, avoiding unintentional pencil marks, the best way to fill out answer sheets, marking up your test booklet, and what questions to answer first.

Common Usage & Grammar Errors:

In this tutorial, we cover subject-verb agreement, pronoun-number agreement, run-on sentences, sentence fragments, verb form and tense, logical comparison, word order, parallelism, diction and idiom, adverb and adjective misuse, and case errors.

Identifying Sentence Errors:

In this tutorial, we cover focus, common errors, sentences without errors and trusting your instincts.

Improving Paragraphs Tutorial:

In this tutorial, we cover careful reading, improve sentences first, signal words, and testing your answers.

Improving Sentences Tutorial:

In this tutorial, we cover spotting errors, substituting changes, the advantages of short answers, parallel structure, and logical connections.

Sentence Completion Tutorial:

In this tutorial, we cover trying every word, understanding the context, breaking down words, avoid eye-catchers, contrast and support transitions, cause and effect transitions, and double-blanks.

Analogies Tutorial:

In this tutorial, we cover establishing the relationship, narrowing your approach, reversed relationships, grammatical information, secondary meanings, eliminating answers, and context.

Critical Reading Tutorial:

In this tutorial, we cover the types of questions, introductions, line numbers, notations, thesis sentences, conclusions, key words, technical terms, skimming, mood and tone, multiple meanings, inference questions, double passages, and positive approach.

Preliminary Math Tutorial:

In this tutorial, we cover eliminating silly answers, replacing variables, manipulating numbers, working backwards, and grid problems.

Math Strategies Tutorial:

In this tutorial, we cover what to trust, total distortion, visual representations, redrawing diagrams, missing lines, shaded regions, units, lists, symbols, and multiple equations.

Arithmetic Tutorial:

In this tutorial, we cover rules for zero, rules for one, absolute values, opposites, multiplying/dividing positive and negative numbers, reciprocals, positive and negative addition, distributive law, integers and prime numbers, exponents and inequalities.

Quantitative Comparison Tutorial:

In this tutorial, we cover the basic rules of quantitative comparison, equality test, comparing first, and fixed numbers.

Most Frequently Used Word List:

These are some of the most frequently used words in standardized exams. It pays to memorize these words.

Critical Word List:

The following are not the most frequently used words, but whenever they do appear, they tend to play a key role in answering the question correctly.

Extended Word List:

This list contains over 5,000 words which tend to appear on standardized exams.

Study Resources:

This includes SAT I, SAT II, PSAT, ACT and GRE materials.


LavaMind ( is a San Francisco-based game publisher that owns and operates the PlayActive game portal ( LavaMind has published numerous titles, including the games Serpengo, Wordigo, Gazillionaire, Zapitalism and Profitania, as well as the websites the Virtual Pet Cemetery, Utterly Outrageous Recipes, Think Huge, and the LavaMind Study Center.


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