How to Create Test-Prep Review Games for Students
 
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Making Your Own Test Prep Games
Are you looking for interactive educational games that you can play online? Click here to view our large inventory of 100% free test-prep games, quizzes, and practice tests. - Printable Study Games - Study Games
 
 
Games and Test-Prep Materials: Instructions and Strategies
 
Although it may seem overly simple, the best way to prepare for a test is know the material. That being said, there are definitely times when we need to have our memories jogged. Review games are a fun way to prepare for tests. They are also educational ways to have fun during high absenteeism days.
 
Test prep depends upon exactly what test you are preparing for. The text cube supplied on this page is designed to help teach students how to answer exam essays. Additionally, you may want to check out our Vocabulary pages if you are preparing for the English portion of the ACT or SAT.
 
PowerPoint Games
 
These games work as PowerPoint presentations. Teachers with whiteboards or projectors will use a mouse to click on their computer screens. Teachers with SmartBoards can simply tap them. We have several Jeopardy-style PowerPoint games in our Social Studies listings.  You can play preexisting games like those on our site.  You can always create quizzes using your own questions.
 
Do you want to ask students questions you have created?  Simply use your word processor.  On page 1 of your document, type a question (use a large font).  On page 2, type the answer.  On page 3, type another question.  You get the idea!  Simply display the document on the board and ask students the question.  Toss out a treat to the student who answers each question correctly first.
 
 
Board Games
 
Board games are easy and inexpensive for teachers who are willing to devote a bit of time to setting them up. Actually, a lot of the preparation can joyfully be completed by volunteer students (such as those who have finished their work early). Board games provide a fun spirit of competition when they are played, along with a sense of cooperation in setting them up and making sure that they are played correctly and fairly. These games work for every subject requiring the recall of basic facts.
 
How to Make and Use Our Board Games
 
The "how to" of these board games is based on games like Candyland.
 
Supplies for each student group: a Post-It notes, one die, a game board, and question-and-answer cards.
 
1. Post-It notes are used in place of gaming pieces. If you have small bookmark-size Post-Its, so much the better. If not, take a regular-size Post-It and cut it into thin strips. Students write their names on their individual Post-It strips and use them to mark their spots on the game board. Post-Its work wonderfully because they do not fall off of the game boards, and more importantly, there is no fear of them getting lost or being thrown around the room.
 
2. Each group needs only one standard die.
 
3. Game boards can be printed onto regular or card stock paper directly from this site. Using standard-size paper for game boards is a good idea if your classroom uses individual desks rather than tables. Ambitious teachers may opt to laminate their game boards for durability. Additionally, most drug stores stock graphed poster board in their stationery sections.

Creative students will love to be asked to create game boards for you on this poster board. It is generally a good idea to have students color in the squares on each game board (otherwise the game boards may look like optical illusions).

Teachers may also opt to print individual game boards for students; students can keep these in folders or binders. This way, the students will be able to play the review board game outside of class, perhaps even for other courses (since all they will need are flash cards).
 
4. Question-and-answer cards can be prepared in advance by teachers, or can be created by students as an assignment. Both blank and prepared sheets are provided on this site. For example, a class preparing for a test on a chapter or unit may be given a sheet with 50 or so questions.

Dividing the class into groups, the teacher asks each group to answer the questions and place each question and answer on a game card. Once this is done, groups either swap cards or use their own cards to play the board game.
 
5. Directions: Each member of the group rolls the die. The highest roller goes first, with the rotation going clockwise. Another member of the group (typically the student to the player's left) takes a card and reads the question to the player. If the player answers correctly, she or he rolls the die and moves her or his game piece forward on the board the appropriate number of spaces. This player then takes the stack of cards and asks a question of the next student player.
 
6. The average game takes 10 to 15 minutes to play. Students seem to enjoy playing several times, especially since they more quickly remember the answers to the questions as they hear them asked repeatedly.
 
7. Some teachers may keep a prize bucket full of candy and other treats for winning students. Other teachers may instead offer extra credit points to winners.
 
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