Friday, May 18, 2012


We've been trying out CapJaxMathFax™  for the last few weeks. It was an easy download to my computer. There is a 4 page Teacher Guide available on the website that will walk you through the set up and features of CapJaxMathFax™ . (It was really easy to set up.)

CapJaxMathFax™ is a simple way to get math fact practice in and get detailed information on how your student is progressing.  It's not a flashy program and is ideal for kids who like to see their scores go up and improve themselves.

I had my 9 year old daughter use this daily for about 10 minutes.  Unfortunately, I never told her to check the box to "play for rating" and didn't get any stats for her for the time she has been using it.  I did, however, use it myself to see how it works. 
See encouraging messages as you improve your rating.
Click on the message in the bottle for an "inspirational quote."

With CapJaxMathFax™  the problems start out easy and then as the child gains confidence with the initial success the difficulty increases.  I really liked how the levels were short.  In some programs you have to "play" forever before you get any sort of reward or feedback.  Not so with CapJaxMathFax™.  It doesn't take much time to see a message telling you what you have accomplished.  

This is the main screen where the student signs in.  They can select the operation they want to
practice and the level to work on. You can also change the number of facts in a set,
set the number of seconds to get a "super" rating and determine whether you want to play for rating,
  practice without rating or practice on the keyboard.

Practicing on the keyboard is great for students that are not familiar with the keyboard or need more practice to gain speed.  All a student needs to do is type in the number that is shown....easy peasy.

In practice mode, operations can be mixed (you choose which ones you want).  When playing for a rating you only test on one operation at a time.

As students learn they have the option of putting a table up on the screen to help them with just the click of a button.

The green arrow (I added) points to the table button.
The blue arrow  is pointing to the table.
In practice mode, the table will automatically switch between addition and
multiplication if you are practicing
more than one operation.

One other neat feature is the Word Thinkers option where students get their facts as a word problem like you see here:

Other options include twelves, negatives and working on a single level.

Detailed summaries can be printed as well so you know what facts your child needs help with or to create a record.

You can also check on your child's progress by viewing the progress graph.  View all the operations at once or choose one or more at a time.

When your student masters an operation a certificate pops up which can be printed if you wish.

I think this is a nice program for having students practice math facts, however my daughter (9) really did not enjoy this at all and said it was boring.  I think she prefers something a little more flashy.  I mastered all of the  operations in familiarizing myself with the program in just a few sessions and enjoyed using it. I think it will depend on what motivates your child as to whether a child will like this or not. You can try it out FREE here.

You can download  CapJaxMathFax™   for $29.95. (CD version also available for $35.90)  Also available is a set of 4 merit buttons that can be purchased for $4 so you can award your student as soon as they master an operation.

The Addition Merit Button

See what others are saying about  CapJaxMathFax™   on the TOS crew blog.  Also feel free to ask me any questions and I'd be happy to answer if I can.

About Captain Jack
Starboard Training Systems is headed by Jack Fretwell. Jack earned a Masters degree in Educational Technology and has spent over thirty years in education and computers. He has taught math to elementary students and computer and business skills to Xerox Corporation executives. As an undergraduate Jack belonged to Pi Mu Epsilon honorary mathematics fraternity. In graduate school his Miller Analogy Test scores qualified him for membership to Mensa. Jack is a sailor and holds several patents relating to sailing and mathematic software. In Jack's spare time you might find him with his harmonica playing some blues with his band in Northern Virginia.

disclaimer: I received CapJaxMathFax free in exchange for an honest review.

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