The Game Center is an alternative assessment where users can demonstrate as well as acquire further knowledge. BenchPrep offers seven games that enhance memory retention and encourage users to spend more time studying.
Six of the games BenchPrep offers are based on flashcard content while the remaining one pulls from practice questions (the game being Sudden Death).
In order for the game variations to function properly in the platform, 20 flashcards or practice questions should exist in the platform depending on the game type. If a Leaderboard is enabled within a course, you can see a display of top-three users, based on speed and accuracy of answers.
If games are available within your course, select Game Center on the left hand side of the screen.
Once you are on the Game Center page, select Start Playing next to the game you would like to play.
Objective: Correctly match Side 1 of the flashcard with Side 2. Each round, a different term from Side 1 appears with 6 possible matches. You choose a Side 2 from the possible matches
Points: You earn points for successful pairs and for answering speed
Settings: You do not set a level of difficulty for this game, just a category of flashcard.
Card Hunter I
Objective: Match one pair of related cards each round. In round 1, the game presents 4 cards: 2 definitions and 2 terms. Only 1 pair will match; the other 2 are random. To score and move on to the next round, you must match the proper cards. If you fail, you will lose a life and restart the round with 4 cards. Two additional cards are added after each round you complete successfully with a maximum of 14 total cards per game.
Points: You earn points for successful pairings and speed of answering
Settings: You do not set a level difficulty for this game, just categories of flashcards. The system tracks the total time it takes to complete a game.
Card Hunter II
Objective: Like Card Hunter I, you must match one pair of related terms. The number of cards in every round depends on the level of difficulty set by the user; whereas in Card Hunter I, the number of cards increases after each round you answer correctly. Easy has 4 cards while Medium has 8 and Hard has 16. Among all the cards, only two can be matched correctly. The other cards are random. You must choose the 2 cards that match to score.
Points: A score is based on accuracy, speed of answering and level of difficulty. If you fail to match the cards, you will lose a life.
Settings: You can set both the difficulty level as well as flashcard category at the start. The system tracks the total time it takes to complete a game.
Objective: Match 8 pairs of cards (16 cards total). At the start of the game, you see side 1 and side 2 of each flashcard. After clicking play, the cards turn over and shuffle amongst themselves. You must remember Side 1 and Side 2 of each flashcard as well as their locations on the board. If you successfully pair 2 cards, the cards will disappear from the board. If you fail to pair 2 cards, both cards will turn back over, face-down. The game is over when all eight pairs are matched. You can peek at the cards by clicking Peek, which will turn over and show all cards for 10 seconds.
Points: Points are earned based on speed of answering and number of attempts. For each time you peek, you will lose points in his final score.
Settings: You cannot set the difficulty for this game.
Objective: Match all the cards on the board. At the start of the game, the board appears with 16 cards, 8 of which are blank. Among the other 8 is one successful match.
If you pair Side 1 and Side 2 correctly, those cards will disappear, 1 side will be added, and the remaining cards will shuffle. Of those 7 cards (6 existing, 1 new), there is a new successful match. If you pair the new match, this process will repeat. Once you match all the cards successfully, there will be no cards left to match and you will win!
When you pair a set incorrectly, the game will add two cards and re-shuffle. If you start with 8 and match incorrectly, 10 cards will appear in a new order (8 existing, 2 new). At this point, there are two successful matches on the board but will only be expected to match one correctly. If you continue to match cards incorrectly, the board will fill up, at which point the game ends and you will lose.
Points: Points are earned based on speed of answering and number of attempts.
Settings: You cannot set a difficulty level for this game.
Objective: Complete the crossword puzzle using clues provided for each word.
Points: You earn points by speed of completing the crossword, accuracy, difficulty and number of hints used.
Settings: There are 2 difficulty levels. Easy Mode automatically highlights incorrect answers in red.
Objective: Answer as many consecutive practice questions correctly as possible. The game ends when you answer a question incorrectly. You have one life; hence the name Sudden Death. After you answer a question incorrectly, the “Confirm” button becomes “See Score” and will direct you to a summary page.
Points: Points are earned based on streak and accuracy.
Settings: You choose both the category and subcategory of practice questions, depending on how narrowly you wants to focus. You cannot determine the difficulty level of questions, but if the course offers such, the difficulty level of each practice question will appear next to the right of any question.