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Turn SAT studying into fun with your iPhone

What has historically been one of the most boring activities in the world has been turned into something you can play with on your iPhone. A popular SAT studying video game is being ported to the App Store, which means that no matter where you are, as long as you have your iPhone, you can learn the definitions of words like enervating and perfidious.

The app, FutureU, has a series of mini-games to test players' strength in reading, writing, and math. It includes some of the most common SAT words, typical algebraic and geometry logic problems, and hundreds of tips to help players remember useful facts for the test.

What it won't prepare you for are the construction machines outside your testing site, the kid next to you who sharpens his pencil every five seconds, or accidentally skipping a question and messing up the ordering on your Scan-Tron sheet.

"Students are always on the go and busier than ever. So for us to work with Kaplan to develop a mobile version of futureU for the iPhone, iPad and iPod Touch devices that allows students to study — even when they might only have a few extra minutes here and there — just made sense," said the CEO of game publisher Aspyr Media.

Above: FutureU may provide a fun way to study for the SAT, but nothing can replicate the intoxicating feeling of filling in bubbles with a #2 pencil.

Aspyr, however, has made sure to warn that FutureU is a complement to traditional SAT studying, not a substitute. If it didn't do that, imagine the lawsuits from all the disheartened soccer moms. Either way, studying for the SAT has got to be a better use of students' free time than messing around with iFart.

Once you're able to ace the SAT and can get into MIT, go ahead and start downloading some financial planning apps because you'll be paying off those student loans for the rest of your life.


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