25 Feb

Prepare for the SAT–for Less (or for FREE)!

Is your student trying to get ready for the SAT? He or she has a lot of study options, even if you don’t want to drop hundreds of dollars on an SAT prep course. Take a look at these wallet-friendly alternatives to formal classroom prep or one-on-one tutoring options. Remember, a 100 or 200 point increase in test score can be a tipping point in getting admitted or, even better yet, qualifying for a scholarship!

College Board’s Free SAT Practice Test

The College Board, which offers the official SAT itself, is currently offering the 2007-2008 SAT Practice test for free on their website (click here). Students can take the test, submit the answers, and get their score PLUS detailed explanations and sample essays.

You can also check out their other SAT prep features, such as the SAT Word of the Day at College Board’s SAT Preparation Center.

Cost: Free!

Number2.com’s SAT Prep

Number2.com is a free SAT prep website (they get their funding from sponsorships). Students can simply sign up to start completing practice questions, receiving help with incorrect answers, and a customized personal homepage that helps them track their study statistics.

Cost: Free!

Petersen’s SAT Practice Test

Petersens.com has its own practice SAT test, including an essay section. After your student takes the test, he or she can investigate the detailed answers available with each question.
Petersen’s also offers a series of podcasts about the SAT. (Podcasts are short soundbites your student can download and listen to on a computer or iPod). These explain items such as what SAT scores mean, how to use SAT II tests, and how students can prepare for the SAT.

Cost: Free!

Kaplan’s SAT Games for iPod

Kaplan is still offering its iPod test prep courses, which you can download from iTunes for a small fee. While it isn’t exactly free, it is very portable, and comes from one of the big name test prep companies, Kaplan. It might not be a bad use of an iPod!

There is one more downside to these games, however-they are only compatible with 5th generation iPods, and cannot be used on other iPod models such as iPod Nano (video), iPod classic, or the iPhone.

Cost: $4.99 per title (reading, writing, and math), or $14.97 for all three

All the best,
Deborah Fox

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