Hobsons Debuts Gamified Test Prep

Hobsons has introduced a game-based learning platform designed to personalize test preparation for students.

Dubbed Naviance Test Prep, the new tool "uses game-based mechanics to deliver content from leading publishers, including McGraw Hill, Allen Prep, Cengage Learning, and MasteryPrep," according to a news release.

Test Prep is integrated with the company's Naviance platform, which offers resources for college and career planning, and includes content designed to help students prepare for the ACT, ACT Aspire, SAT and 18 Advanced Placement course exams. Materials are aligned to the Common Core and ACT standards and continuously refreshed. Compatible with iOS, Android and Windows tablets, Naviance Test Prep also features score predictions.

"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, in a prepared statement. "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."

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