About the Learning Quotient (LQ)
The LearningWorks for Kids Learning Quotient (LQ) is a score we give to games that reflects our judgment of how well the game balances entertainment quality with the potential for improving thinking skills and academic proficiency. The LQ is calculated by averaging a game’s Fun Score and Brain Grade.
The Fun Score:
- Gameplay Quality: This is a measure of the overall enjoyability of the gameplay and game experience.
- Presentation Quality: This is a measure of the attractiveness and aesthetic quality of the art style, graphics, and sound presented in the game.
- Depth of Game: This is a measure of the “size” of the game, which involves how long the game lasts, how many different layers and game-modes it has, and its potential for replayability.
The Brain Grade:
- Thinking Skills: This is a measure of how well the game exercises and teaches thinking skills.
- Learning Curve: This is a measure of how successfully the game teaches the user how to play, scales difficulty, and rewards success by providing constant and growing challenges throughout the game.
- Academic Skills: This is a measure of how well the game exercises academic skills.