Review: MathScore

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I’d like to introduce you to MathScore, an online fact practice site.  MathScore seeks to provide a good balance between motivational fun and legitimate math practice.  From the main page of the site, you’ll find a wide variety of tools to help you decide if MathScore is for your family, including a detailed “how-to” videos and an extensive list of topics covered including, but not limited to:

  • Basic operations: addition, subtraction, multiplication and division
  • Fractions
  • Word problems
  • Geometry
  • Factoring
  • Algebra topics

MathScore is designed to improve the math scores of kids from elementary math through Algebra I, while allowing them to progress through the material at their own pace, mastering one skill set before moving on to the next.  You can even find a free math worksheet generator on the site.  One of the best things about MathScore is that you can try it free for two full weeks, giving you ample time to decide if it’s a good fit for your family.

Personally, we found the balance between fun and work to be lacking — it just felt like additional math practice.  The site is very basic, with none of the bells and whistles that many kids have come to expect with computer learning games.

I didn’t like that the program assumes that you have a 10-key number pad, which neither my nor Brianna’s laptops have.  I think this slows a kid down in some, though not all, areas of the site.  The student is encouraged not to use the mouse, but rather the 10-key number pad and the tab key.

I did like that each time a student logs on and uses the program, the parent gets and email detailing that practice session, including:

  • Percentage of correct answers on each worksheet
  • Total time on site
  • Percentage of “engaged” time (how much time was actually spend working on math practice)
  • Tips on how to improve your student’s experience on and the individual effectiveness of the site

Overall, I thought the feedback for the parent was among the best I’ve seen for computer learning games, either off- or on-line.

The rates for MathScore are: $14.95 (only $9.95 for the first two months) for the first child, $5 for the second child and $3.95 for each additional child.  There are also discount options available for prepaying and you have the option of freezing the account when you go on vacation so that you don’t have to pay for time you aren’t using the service.

So, if you’ve been looking for math practice to supplement your math curriculum or looking for a full, online curriculum (that does the grading for you), visit MathScore and take advantage of the free two-week trial.

I received this product free for the purpose of reviewing it.  I received no other compensation for this review.  The opinions expressed in this review are my personal, honest opinions.  Your experience may vary.

Kris Bales is a newly-retired homeschool mom and the quirky, Christ-following, painfully honest founder (and former owner) of Weird, Unsocialized Homeschoolers. She has a pretty serious addiction to sweet tea and Words with Friends. Kris and her husband of over 30 years are parents to three amazing homeschool grads. They share their home with three dogs, two cats, a ball python, a bearded dragon, and seven birds.

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