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Mavis Beacon Teaches Typing Deluxe 16

Software Review: Mavis Beacon Teaches Typing Deluxe 16
Educational / Instructional CD-ROM

By Broderbund

Our Recommended Age: Ages 10-up

Our Rating: A

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Mavis Beacon Teaches Typing

Mavis Beacon has been a computer typing tutor for years. This latest edition of the software is very similar to the last, except that there are added custom and practice lessons, a couple new games, and assorted tweaks.

This software is essentially a customized typing tutorial. Users receive tailored lessons based on their performance as they go along. They set a typing goal (measured in wpm), take a test to be placed right away (or begin lessons as an absolute beginner), and then begin taking quizzes and practicing typing. Every once in a while, users play games that are generally not much different than the typing practice, but offer different backdrops and at least the illusion that users are "taking a break".

The customized lessons adjust as users perform with the software's . For example, if a child takes a test and fumbles frequently on capital letters, a practice set will appear that focuses on repetition of capital letters.

If users would rather not follow along the natural path of lessons, they can jump right to custom lessons, which are arranged by topic. They can also choose a favorite game and focus on that. Typing speed, accuracy, and rhythm are the focus of the program. Users get feedback on how they are doing, and their words per minute (wpm) as well as adjusted wpm (due to errors) are displayed after tests and practice pages.

The program can be played in the Spanish language if desired.

Typing Tutor

We wouldn't recommend the program to children any younger than 9 or 10 who are serious about improving typing skills. Younger kids might try Spongebob Squarepants Typing. Mavis Beacon is best for high school students and adults. There is a lot of repetition, which, of course, is necessary, but the format is varied enough to hold users' interests, as long as they truly have a desire to improve their typing skills.

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Reviewed: April 2005

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