Here at TopTenReviews we reviewed Ultimate Spelling and awarded it the Gold Award with an overall rating of 9.88 out of 10. TopTenReviews praised the “in-depth progress reports” and large database of available words. The overall verdict was that the software would be very helpful for children and young adults who want to improve their spelling, although it might not appeal to very young kids.
Teaches a Wide Range of Words
Ultimate Spelling’s database contains more than 160,000 words, which are organized into lists so that learners can easily decide which words to focus on. There are lists for children in grades one to 10, as well as specialized lists that help students prepare for the GRE, SAT, or TOEFL exams. Users can also build their own lists of words to suit their own purposes. TopTenReviews praised the wide range of utility that this spelling software provides. The review also noted that Ultimate Spelling teaches far, far more words than any of the other top-rated spelling software products.
Teaches More than Just Spelling
As well as teaching users to spell words correctly, Ultimate Spelling also teaches the pronunciation and meaning of words. Each word in the database is accompanied by links to web resources that explain the word’s meaning and context. The Word Explorer feature connects words to their synonyms, which allows learners to focus on particular subject areas and improve their vocabulary. Users can even click the Etymology tab to find out about the origins of words, which is an interesting feature.
Fun to Use
Ultimate Spelling was one of the most fun to use. The spelling software includes a number of fun games, including Save Stick Man, Crazy Clues, Super Scrambler, Word Search, Junior Scrabble and Word Tag. These games give learners an opportunity to test their knowledge and have fun playing with words. We were also impressed by the two key learning exercises of Ultimate Spelling, Spelling Workout and Flash Cards. Spelling Workout gives users a chance to correct their mistakes, so that they learn from them and don’t keep making the same errors over and over again.
Easy to Track Progress
TopTenReviews gave Ultimate Spelling a full 10 out of 10 rating for its progress reports. Users can view their progress, with graphs showing how many words they have mastered, as well as their spelling success rate. The spelling software also monitors how much time users have spent on each type of activity. Multiple users can create accounts and track their progress individually.
Helpful Technical Support
Ultimate Spelling offers technical support to help users who are having problems. As noted in the review, it is easy to connect to an online helpdesk, which provides a useful knowledge base and FAQs. Users whose questions are not answered on the website can ask a question via an online email form.
Spelling software is useful for kids, teenagers and adults alike. Ultimate Spelling uses a range of engaging exercises and fun games to improve spelling skills while improving vocabulary and teaching users about the meaning, origins and pronunciation of words. TopTenReviews concluded that very young children are unlikely to get the most benefit out of this program, but many older children and young adults will find it an engaging and highly educational piece of software.
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