When it comes to preparing for the SAT/ACT, a lot of people have the misconception that it is very difficult to do well without attending a paid prep course. This is far from the truth!
One of the best resources I have found is Testive! Testive (https://www.testive.com/) does more than most traditional prep courses by offering free daily practice monitoring, instructional videos, assignments customized to each student’s strengths and weaknesses, and even resources for parents. The site even uses a proprietary algorithm based on a student’s skill level to make practice most effective. Overall, it’s a great resource!
There are plenty of additional quality free resources that students can use to prepare themselves for the SAT/ACT.
Here is a list of a few that are very effective:
The Princeton Review
The Princeton Review offers free online as well as free physical full-length practice tests. These free tests are administered in testing conditions, which makes them a great resource, as taking SAT/ACT practice tests in testing conditions is a great contributor to success when the real test comes along. Additionally, the Princeton Review also offers some free online SAT/ACT prep classes.
Kaplan Test Prep
Kaplan offers a large number of free online classes, including Math Foundations, Reading for Points, and SAT Bootcamp classes for the SAT and an ACT Bootcamp for the ACT. Additionally, the website offers free online full-length SAT/ACT practice tests also!
While the first two resources provide material for both the SAT and the ACT, there are also a myriad of resources that are tailored to only one of the two tests. Here is a lit of both:
SAT Specific Resources
The College Board
The College Board’s website is a great place to get started as it gives a complete breakdown of the SAT/ACT’s structure and content. The College Board is the organization that makes and administers the SAT and is thus a great resource for information about the test. The website also features 8 full-length practice tests that students can take. Here is the link: https://collegereadiness.collegeboard.org/sat/practice/full-length-practice-tests.
Students were overjoyed when Khan Academy released their free comprehensive SAT prep materials. Khan Academy is a good resource because their SAT prep course is the result of a partnership between Khan Academy and the College Board. Additionally, Khan Academy offers a myriad of prep services. Not only are students given 8 full-length practice tests, they are also given tailored practice plans based on their PSAT scores. Additionally, there is a large number of lectures and practice materials that students can use to prepare them for the different sections of the test.
Daily Practice SAT App
The Daily Practice SAT App features one SAT question every day that students can answer at any time. Then, the app reveals whether the student picked the correct answer or not and gives an in-depth explanation of reasoning behind the correct answer.
Free SAT Math
Free SAT Math provides a vast repository of mathematics questions for students to answer. Something that sets this resource apart is that it makes students answer similar questions if they are consistently answering them incorrectly. This helps students understand their mistakes and also ensures that they begin working towards fixing those mistakes immediately.
ACT Specific Resources:
Sparknotes is a great resource for ACT prep as it provides explanations and strategies for each of the different sections of the ACT. Additionally, it offers some tips and tricks for students to use on the ACT.
Union Test Prep
Union Test Prep offers free practice tests, flashcards, and study guides for each individual section of the ACT. The flashcards are interactive and very easy to use. They test important skills and are a great way to practice certain weak sections. The study guides are very comprehensive and can serve as a review for students who have already learned the material.
Barron’s Test Prep
Barron’s offers a free Basic Account that creates a personalized ACT study plan for students who take the diagnostic test. This test gauges the students’ weaknesses and creates a study plan for them that will allow them to hone the skills they need to work on. Additionally, it offers 100 free ACT video lessons and 100 solution videos that students can watch to understand certain types of questions.
4Tests is a website that offers a few free practice tests. It’s a good place to work on some practice questions.
ACT Prep is a mobile app that will allow students to practice for the assessment at any time and from anywhere. The app has in-depth explanations for all the questions and can be a great resource is used consistently.
These are a few of the best and most comprehensive vocabulary lists and games that will allow students to build their vocabulary for the ACT!