ACT and SAT test prep tools
Posted : November 6, 2008
Last Updated : January 21, 2014
The ACT and SAT are standardized tests that allow colleges to see where you stand academically in relation to other students. To take full advantage of your education, you should take either the ACT and/or the SAT in the spring of your junior year. This way, you'll have time to re-take the tests, if you choose, before college application deadlines. Test prep aids are available for both the ACT and the SAT to help you prepare.
ACT Test Prep Tools
Free ACT test prep aids are available at actstudent.org. Sample questions are on the site along with Preparing for the ACT, a free booklet with a complete practice test, scoring key, writing prompt, and sample essays. The ACT registration packet, available from the counseling office, also contains the booklet.
For a charge, you can also obtain more intensive ACT test prep tools. ACT Online Prep, a test prep program developed by ACT test development professionals, is $21.95 for a one-year subscription. The Real ACT Prep Guide, a book featuring retired test questions, test-taking strategies, and optional writing test overview, is $30.95. Both the online prep and the prep guide are available at actstudent.org.
SAT Test Prep Tools
Free SAT test prep aids are available at sat.collegeboard.org. Sample questions are on the site along with the full SAT Practice Test. Taking the SAT Practice Test is a free way to find your strengths and weaknesses on the SAT. You can test online, or you can print it out.
If you take the free SAT Practice Test and find that you need more preparation, you can acquire more SAT test prep tools at affordable prices. The Official SAT Study Guide with DVD features SAT practice tests, exclusive Math Concepts review and Skills Insight videos, and a SAT Test Timer that allows students to hear actual instructions and take timed full length practice tests. This study guide with DVD is $31.99. The Official SAT Online Course features 10 online tests, 18 interactive lessons, and personalized essay scoring. This online course is $69.95. Both the study guide and the online couse are available at sat.collegeboard.org.
You can also find ACT and SAT test prep tools at Kaplan Test Prep and Revolution Prep. For more information about ACT and SAT test preparation, talk to your school counselor.