Kaplan, Aspyr team up for new SAT prep video games

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Kaplan Test Prep and Admissions and Aspyr Media announced Monday a new collaboration that will lead to games that will help kids achieve better Scholastic Aptitude Test (SAT) scores, using Macs, PCs and Nintendo DS systems.

The two companies have entered into a multi-year agreement in which Aspyr will bring Kaplan-branded games to market. The first game will be released in 2008, and will be published by Aspyr (branded with Kaplan’s name).

Anthony Manley, GM of Pre-College Programs for Kaplan Test Prep and Admissions, warned that games shouldn’t be seen as a substitute for a full prep course, but said that it’s an innovative way to reinforce that learning.

“At Kaplan, we seek to adapt our offerings to students’ lifestyle needs. In Aspyr, we found a partner with a proven track record of creating engaging, dynamic titles that appeal to today’s teens,” said Manley in a statement.

Kaplan recently branched out to video games by offering prep titles for the iPod which are available for download through Apple’s iTunes Store. The companies claim that these new games will be the first ever widely-released SAT prep video game in the market.

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