• Low Cost Test Preparation


    Free and Low-Cost Prep Tools for PSAT, SAT, ACT, and Subject Tests


    College test-prep anxiety has caused many parents and students to wonder if solid preparation is possible without paying up for expensive tutors and classes. For self-motivated students, the answer is "yes". Here are some free and low-cost web resources and study guides to help you prepare for the college entrance exams. Click on the links for more information.

    1. Sign up to receive a free daily Official SAT Question of the Day from The College Board. You will also find links to practice questions and tips for the Reading, Math and Writing sections, as well as a full-length practice test – all for free.

    2. Khan Academy is a free tutorial site offering support for most 9-12 core academic subjects as well as test prep.

    3. MajorTests.com offers a free self-study SAT preparation program complete with vocabulary word lists, practice questions for math, writing and critical reading along with an eight-week guided study plan.

    4. Brightstorm's Online Learning Network, which includes low-cost video-based test prep with teaching videos in short, personalized formats as well as practice tests, downloadable materials and comprehensive study guides.

    5. Number2.com, a popular free web test prep resource provides students with ACT or SAT questions and tracks their progress. The site includes a feature that allows parents to monitor their student’s efforts and improvement.

    6. Vocabulary is an important component of the SAT. Students can build their vocabulary while helping to fight hunger at FreeRice.com. When vocabulary questions are answered correctly, the site’s sponsors donate to the United Nation’s World Food Program.

    7. Spark Notes provides lists of common SAT words along with free diagnostics, practice tests and flashcards. You’ll find a myriad of free test prep resources for the SAT, ACT and Subject Tests.

    8. For those seeking math and physics assistance, Erik Jacobsen, Ph.D., Erik the Red, a New Jersey tutor, shares “must know” facts, formulas and strategies on his free web site.

    9. INeedAPencil.com, a free comprehensive online SAT prep program provides dozens of lessons, hundreds of practice questions, and practice exams.

    10. ACT Student Test Prep provides both free and inexpensive ways to prepare for the ACT including three retired exams, diagnostics, content review, practice questions and test-taking tips covering all four subjects: Math, Reading, Science and English. There is also a special page with tips for the optional essay section.

    11. Strong reading comprehension skills will help you succeed in college and on the entrance exams. This ability is best developed over time by reading challenging books, as well as articles from publications such as The New York Times, The Wall Street Journal and The Economist. The New York Times Learning Network offers a wealth of free tools from Word of the Day to article comprehension quizzes based on recent New York Times content.

    12. Newton Community Education offers SAT and ACT preparation classes.