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Sharpen skills for SAT or ACT

There are some inexpensive — or even free — tools to help high school students prepare for the SAT and the ACT. Some schools even offer prep classes on Saturdays in the weeks leading up to a test date. 

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There are some inexpensive — or even free — tools to help high school students prepare for the SAT and the ACT. Some schools even offer prep classes on Saturdays in the weeks leading up to a test date. 

Most of us are winding down the school year, but some lucky souls still have an ACT (June 14) or SAT subject test (June 9) ahead of them. (Deadline for registering for both is May 9.) • If you're not one of those souls, don't rub it in, just pass this story along to the less fortunate.

Five easy ways to prepare for the SAT and the ACT (without paying for an expensive test prep course)

1 Websites for free help

ineedapencil.ck12.org/ This website is awesome. It offers practice for the SAT in all subject areas for FREE! Another is khanacademy.org/math/test-prep/sat-math. Partnering with the College Board, the site offers all kinds of resources for the SAT. Other good sites:

• princetonreview.com/college//free-act-test.aspx

• 4tests.com/exams/examdetail.asp?eid=13

• testprep.about.com/od/ACT_Prep/tp/Free_ACT_Practice.htm

• varsitytutors.co/act_math-practice-tests

• www.majortests.com/sat/

• sat.collegeboard.org/practice/sat-practice-questions

• princetonreview.com/college/free-sat-practice-test.aspx

• vocabulary.co.il/sat-games/

2 Search Amazon or eBay

Though this soon won't be the case, you can still use used SAT prep books or ACT materials for tests during this school year. Until the College Board revamps its materials, these used books may help boost your scores at a less expensive price.

3 Ask around

Seek out teachers at school who know the tests well and ask whether they or another teacher can help with the subject(s) with which you need assistance.

4 Talk with your guidance counselor

Your guidance counselor is a great resource to find tutors and offer advice on the tests. If your school has a college and career counselor, he or she can give you great information as well.

5 Saturday morning SAT classes

Usually, these take place earlier in the year, but check with your counselor to see whether your school offers classes on Saturdays (usually for two weeks before a test date) to teach how to take the test, complete with practice tests. If you're not a senior and you think there are more SATs in your future, this is a good tip to tuck away for next year.

Sharpen skills for SAT or ACT 04/30/14 [Last modified: Wednesday, April 30, 2014 3:00pm]

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