Tips for Parents
Handicap Scoring
If individuals with different
abilities are playing against one another, consider
giving appropriate handicap points to players who may be
at a disadvantage due to inexperience of lack of math
skills. Be sure to assign the handicap points at the
beginning of the game so that the disadvantaged player
starts out ahead and as the game progresses he/she gets
into the competitive spirit forgetting about the handicap
points. Families should consider this type of scoring
when playing with younger children who are still maturing
mathematically.
The Single Player
The single player can either strive
for a high total score or strive for a high average score
per turn. A very good single player can accumulate 1000
to 1200 total points and can average over 25 points per
turn.
When computing the average score
per turn, if the single player uses a turn to trade in
tiles for new tiles, he/she must count this as a turn
with 0 score. For example, suppose that the first three
turns produce scores of 10, 20, and 6, and the fourth
turn is used to trade in tiles, thus has 0 score. The
average score for these four turns is 36 ÷ 4 = 9, not 36
÷ 3 = 12. Because there were four turns, we must divide
by 4.
Contact Conceptual Math Media on
the status of the electronic versions of Equate
that will greatly enhance the possibilities for a single
player.
