Shmoop Launches Online SAT Prep for the Video Game Set

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Shmoop, a publisher of fun digital learning materials, today announced its Online SAT Prep service.

Many SAT Prep courses are about as stimulating as a bottle of NyQuil

Shmoop (, a publisher of digital resources that make learning fun and relevant for students, today announced the launch of its online SAT Prep service, where students will slay mini-bosses, ford rivers, and shoot buffalo (don’t worry, this will all make sense in a minute). At $23 per student, Shmoop makes SAT Prep affordable for all families.

“Many SAT Prep courses are about as stimulating as a bottle of NyQuil,” said Ellen Siminoff, CEO of Shmoop. “Shmoop offers expert SAT Prep that speaks students’ language. And that language is video games.”

Shmoop uses beloved video games like Oregon Trail, Tetris, and Mario Brothers as metaphors for various challenges that students will face (and overcome!) on the SAT. In fact, Shmoop SAT Prep is itself a bit of a game. Students earn Shmoints (Shmoop points, in case that wasn’t obvious) for correctly completing portions of the SAT Prep course. Top Shmoints scorers will win Shmoop t-shirts.

500 Shmoop Vocabulary words. Each vocab word has a definition, memory trick, and sample contextual sentences. Regard:

  •     Mandate (n.): the host gave a mandate that poker night was a “man date” – no girls allowed
  •     Nautical (adj.): people in NAUTical careers use NAUGHTy language, hence the saying “swear like a sailor”
  •     Bilk (v.) The playground bully bilked Bill out of his chocolate milk.

Shmoop SAT Prep by the Numbers:

  •     1006 practice problems in SAT Reading, SAT Writing, and SAT Math
  •     3 full-length interactive practice exams
  •     502 vocab terms with definitions, quirky memory devices, and sample sentences
  •     52 in-depth review topics
  •     10 Shmoop t-shirts awarded to students who rack up the most Shmoints

Group Rates for Schools and Districts
Shmoopnow offers ridiculously affordable group rates for schools and districts who want a site license for SAT Prep, PSAT Prep and AP Exams. Deets at

About Shmoop
Shmoop publishes digital resources that make learning fun and relevant for students. Shmoop content is written by master teachers and Ph.D. students from Stanford, Harvard, UC Berkeley, and other top universities. Shmoop Learning Guides and Teacher’s Editions balance a fun, approachable style with academically rigorous materials to help students understand how subjects relate to their daily lives. Shmoop offers more than 4,000 titles across the Web, iPhone, Android devices, iPad, Kindle, Nook, and Sony Reader. The company was an Official Honoree in the 2010 and 2009 Webby Awards, was named one of the best educational products of 2010 by the Association of Educational Publishers, and was named “Best of the Internet” by PC Magazine. Launched in 2008, Shmoop is headquartered in a Labradoodle-patrolled office in Mountain View, California.


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