Tuesday, January 19, 2010

math score

I have to admit, I didn’t think my XBox playing 11-year-old would like this. We were given a free trial of MathScore as part of the TOS Crew. It isn’t flashy or graphics-heavy or any of those things my boy likes. But he likes this. Why? He can earn levels of achievement and being a goal-oriented male of the species, that is enough to keep him interested.

MathScore is web-based and it provides an unbelievable amount of math practice from basic math (grade one) through algebra. The program’s unique feature is its ability to adapt to how well a student does, increasing the difficulty as needed. Super cool, and yet not unpleasant for the boy. As he earns points, he increases his rank. It’s a simple ploy, but it is effective. I will take it!

We are using MathScore to supplement our pre-algebra curriculum. I love that I receive an email with a summary of everything my son did (on days he uses the program) with a score for each topic he covered. (Automatic grading – the two favorite words of every homeschooling parent.) From this, I learned that my son has no idea what to do with a restaurant bill. (Why would he? But that never occurred to me.) Ack. We are really finding this useful and all I have to do is mention the ranking to get the boy hooked on working again. :) Mwahahaha.

For homeschoolers, note that MathScore has a mini-lesson with each topic, so it could conceivably be used as a math curriculum, especially if you have a child who loves working on the computer and thrives on instant feedback.


MathScore is $14.95 per month for the first student, but a coupon code reduces the price to $9.95 per month for new users. A free trial is available. You even try an instant demo that does not require registration. And don’t miss the free worksheets.


We received a free trial for review. I was not compensated. My opinions are my own.

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