I'm all for cute. Wit. Sarcasm, even. I like a little mouthiness, tongue-in-cheek, sass. Nothing is more boring to me than plain language, when we have dictionaries full of interesting words and mounds of catchy turns of phrases at our immediate disposal.
So, for that reason, I clicked on INeedaPencil.com
The name was just clever enough to catch my eye, and I thought that if they could take my click from oodles of others on Google's search results, then it was certainly worth a deeper look.
And I'm glad I took the plunge.
INeedaPencil.com is a FREE SAT Prep website. And it's not one of those free, yet ridiculously hard-to-navigate sites, either. It's smart. It offers stuff other sites don't have, like a score projector and confidence calibrator. Plus, although the questions are geared toward teens, they aren't those "poser" types of questions - you know the ones I mean. The smarmy, "Hey, I can talk like a teenager, too" types of questions. They're written in normal, every day speech that teens (and their parents) can understand.
Sure, this can't be the only SAT prep a student does - he or she needs to be able to take the test on paper with actual SAT questions, but it's a great way to get started.
Bonus? Jason Shah, the founder of I Need a Pencil, was a highschooler himself when he started it.
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