Cram is a great tool to help in preparation for school or university examinations or standardized tests such as the SAT, ACT, GRE, GMAT, TOEFL, MCAT, LSAT and others. You can both write your own tests and download tests that have been created by other Cram users.
Technically you can create new tests on the iPhone itself but the iPhone interface is inherently limiting and can be become a bit tiresome – particularly if you’ve got a lot of material to cover. Writing the tests on your Mac or PC is your best bet. Afterward you can just import the tests straight to your iPhone.
To retrieve your tests or to download other people’s tests, you tap on the ‘Test Portal’ button which takes you to the Cram login screen. Once you’re logged in you can download all of your own tests or view all tests that have been created by other users. At the time of writing, there were some 650+ tests available for download. Unfortunately they are all listed alphabetically and the only way to see if there is anything relevant to you is to scroll from top to bottom. A search function would be a great addition.
Tapping on a test brings up a couple of different options. There’s a standard question-and-answer test mode as well as a flashcard-style study mode. Once you’ve finished the test, Cram will give you a score-card with a breakdown of your answers as well as an overall mark.
While Cram is no doubt a useful tool for students, at its current price-point of $9.99 it is also a little too harsh on the student budget. A reduction in price, or the inclusion of some updated or extended features, like support for images in tests, would make this a much more attractive purchase.
Cram requires the iPhone OS 2.2.1 software update and is compatible with both the iPhone and iPod Touch.