September 23, 2005

Reduction to SAT

by Nick Montfort · , 1:01 am

I made that fortuitous discovery that Busted, a novel by Emma Harrison – surely not this Emma Harrison? – is now online. And it’s a hypertext, because the definitions of the SAT words that appear in the novel – one of the SAT Vocabulary Novel Series – are all linked. Yes, you no longer have to use readymade books to study for the SAT.

While I haven’t yet had time to study up, I can tell at a glance that the series really manages to flout the English language with its fulsome prose. While some despair about high school students’ abilities these days, the authors appear to hold a rather sanguinary view of the possibilities of the written word. Can you imagine how reading a few of the books in this series will contribute to the enormity of your vocabulary?