The college years come upon parents faster than anyone expects. It can seem like yesterday that your high school aged child was a colicky baby keeping you up nights. While the rate at which childhood fades into teen years and adulthood seems like a blur, make sure that college entrance exams such as the SAT don’t also catch you and your student off guard. While there are options for taking classes, fitting another activity into an already busy schedule can add more stress than it relieves. Apps are a great way to have a study tool at your fingertips, and available wherever you go. Here are 5 SAT prep apps that can get your student well on their way in preparing for the exam.
One of the biggest challenges for a test taker is lack of familiarity with a certain test’s format. All the knowledge in the world doesn’t help if the format of a test is confusing or catches someone off guard. In answer to that problem, the first app on our list is great for helping your student get used to the format of SAT questions. Daily Practice SAT, created by the College Entrance Exam Board, provides actual questions from the SAT each day. If the user is stumped, it gives hints to help users find the answer.
The app SAT Up also uses real SAT questions, and is one of the most comprehensive apps out there. While not free, it’s monthly fee is reasonable, and well worth the cost considering that SAT Up has the capacity to not only ask questions and give practice tests, but to also correct work and provide tutoring. It learns from the individual user’s mistakes, and tailors daily workouts to their individual learning needs.
Next up, and similar to SAT Up, is another comprehensive study app, Prep4 SAT. While it isn’t free, there is a free trial period. This is a nice feature for an app to have so that the user can test the waters before making a purchase. Clear and easy to navigate, it can learn from the user’s performance, therefore targeting the areas in which they may be weak.
Bringing some challenging fun into the mix is SATFlash. Designed specifically for the newest SAT exam, on top of tracking progress and providing feedback, SATFlash lets users compete against one another on a leaderboard. Study doesn’t have to grueling, especially if you can work in some friendly competition.
The final app listed here is unique among test prep apps in that it combines SAT prep with college selection. College Passport-SAT Edition offers plenty of test prep bells and whistles, including tutoring options. Taking things further, though, this app can help a student’s search for the schools that they are the best suited for, create a personalized plan to get them there, and even remind them of important application dates.
Don’t let the SAT sneak up and catch you off guard. With the availability and affordability of so many in depth apps, all the help you can wish for is at your fingertips!
Mimi Rothschild is a veteran homeschooling mother of 8, writer of a series of books called Cyberspace for Kids, and passionate advocate for children and education that is truly worthy of them. In 2001, Mimi and her late husband founded Learning By Grace, a leading provider of online Christian homeschooling Academies.