Shortly after school begins this fall, high school juniors and seniors will be preparing to take their college entrance exams. Depending on the college admissions requirements, students may register for the Standard Aptitude Test (SAT) or the ACT, or they may decide to take both exams. While some students may feel the need to hire a private tutor or purchase practice manuals to help them prepare for these tests, others may not have the financial means to utilize these resources. Fortunately, there are several free, online tools that can help students build their vocabulary, increase their confidence, and even create effective test-taking strategies to help conquer the exams. Here are just a few of the free tools currently available to students.
This online resource is completely free for students. They can increase their vocabulary through the Vocab Builder tool, take practice (SAT) tests and get assistance with the ACT exam. There isn’t a long, upfront registration process, so students can jump right in and start learning. The tool adapts to their personal skill levels and even sends out reminders about what to study next. Students can easily track their progress and even partner with a free coach to help them along the way.
Students who are planning to take the SAT may want to check out the free practice test available on the College Board website. They can either take the exam online or download a paper version. Students will be able to score their exams to see how well they have performed and determine which areas need more work.
The ACT website offers several sample questions for the English, math, reading and science portions of the test. Students can also view a sample essay prompt and responses. Sample responses include essays with low scores, as well as those with the highest possible score (a six), which can help students understand how to draft their responses to ensure a better outcome.
Although Varsity Tutors does offer paid services, it also hosts a free testing service section that allows students to prepare for both the SAT and ACT. Some of their free services include a detailed syllabus, sample tests, flashcards and daily test questions. Students can also get free assistance for Advanced Placement (AP) exams, the Law School Admissions Test (LSAT) and more!
Kaplan Test Prep allows students to test drive the Preliminary Standard Aptitude Test (PSAT), SAT and ACT through their free online practice exams. In addition to the online tests, students can also attend online forums to help them prepare for junior and senior year of high school and learn strategies for raising their scores.
Students who may need a little help in the vocabulary area should definitely check out Spark Notes. The site offers both vocabulary novels and vocabulary flashcards that are completely free to students. The site also offers comprehensive information on each section of the SAT and test-taking tactics.
Students may also find some used versions of the SAT and ACT guide books through online retailers, such as BetterWorldBooks.com and Amazon.com, which tend to be much cheaper than new editions. Another good resource is the local library, where students may be able to find older editions to help them prepare for upcoming exams at no cost. Students should also check with their guidance counselors to see if any free test prep sessions will be offered at their school or through a local community organization. YesCollege also offers a great list of SAT and ACT websites to help students prepare for the exams.
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