There must be a certain art to passing exams that is surely picked up with experience over time. Time, however, is what most revision students don't have much of. To build that necessary confidence and knowledge without the advantage of time, Dorling Kindersley has devised a series of GCSE CD-ROMs, which it hopes will ensure a grade C or above in the subject. Its revision programmes--covering the syllabuses of all examining boards--are designed to focus the student's existing classroom knowledge, which is reinforced by easily accessible definitions and key points. It also creates real exam conditions and practice in the form of quick-fire test questions under time restrictions, with immediate feedback on the results. Past papers and model answers are also available online.
Perhaps the most interesting feature of GCSE French is that it contains a sizeable dictionary and a facility to practise speaking the language out loud as well as the key points of French vocabulary and grammar, all in one piece of software. The beauty of the audio facility is that you can listen to an authentic French voice speak a phrase while reading it on screen, returning immediately to a specific section or to the dictionary if you don't understand something. You can then record your own effort at speaking and play it back to compare. The dictionary is quite useful too, with a menu to call up abbreviations and the option of switching instantly from English to French words and vice versa. The selection of general but relevant topics, together with the DK GCSE revision site on the Web help make this a broad, beneficial revision tool.--Susannah Steel
is a clear, structured revision programme that covers everything you need to know for your GCSE exam. With a new voice-recording facility, as well as an on-screen dictionary, interactive tests, past exam papers and instant feedback, this CD-ROM provides a valuable tool that helps focus revision, provides real exam practice and reinforces classroom study.