The task of Auditory Ace is to remember a sequence of cards as they are drawn and spoken aloud. Press the left arrow on the keyboard if the cards separated by the equal sign match. Press the right arrow if they don't.
Towards the left of the screen there is a deck of cards. A card is drawn from the deck and is placed on the left side of the equals sign (“=”), where the information on the card (suit or number, or both) is spoken aloud. Remember this card. After a moment, the card will move from the left side of the equals sign to an empty spot below the equals sign, placed face down. The card doesn’t change when it’s placed face down. At the same time, a new card from the deck is placed on the left side of the equals sign. The card below then advances to the space to the right of the equals sign, and the new card advances face-down to the empty space below. Another new card is placed to the left of the equals sign, and the cycle continues.
The challenge is to determine if the card on the left side of the equals sign matches the card on the right side of the equals sign. If they match, select “yes” before time runs out. If they do not match, select “no” before time runs out. If no response is given in time, then an omission is considered an incorrect answer. Once an answer has been submitted, or time has run out, a new card is drawn from the deck and the process repeats.
Tip!: The arrow keys on your keyboard have been enabled for Auditory Ace. To improve reaction time, leaving fingers on the left and right arrow keys and then pressing to make a selection is usually quicker and more accurate than moving the mouse cursor back and forth to answer yes/no within the time limit. Similarly, on a touchscreen, you can hover fingers over the response buttons and tap quickly.
In later levels, the exercise gets more difficult in a number of ways:
- The number of items to remember in the sequence increases
- The information to remember for each item changes (suit, number, both)
- The card information is presented faster
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