Tuesday, February 1, 2005

Hip Hop Can Help You With Your SATs

NEW YORK (Wireless Flash - FlashNews) – Kids are picking up more than curse words from hip-hop music thanks to a new CD that uses rap to help students study for their SATs.

The so-called Vocabulary Accelerator CD from Kaplan Test Prep and Admissions and Defined Mind features vocabulary- rich songs ranging from R&B to rap.

Each of the 12 songs on the CD includes a minimum of 20 SAT- level vocabulary words.

For instance, the hip hop song “Hot” by Rodney Willie and Keith Middleton features 43 SAT-level words including five from the lyrics: In the proximity of a girl sitting in seclusion/ Her I’m perusing, pursuing, I’m using a profusion.

CD spokesman Keith London says rap was included on the record because “that’s what kids want to hear these days” and they wanted to “reach as many kids possible.”

London says music in general is a great tool to use for word memory. As he puts it, “You won’t hear a song for two years and somehow you still can remember the lyrics.”

The $25 CD is available at definedmind.com.

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