By Jane Hurst
One of the biggest challenges in your life isn’t the SAT, but preparing for it. This can be so nerve wracking, and it isn’t something that will only take a few days. It will take many months to prepare for the most important test of your life, and you need to find ways to keep from becoming overwhelmed. The first thing you need to do is to study, obviously. You should also start taking practice tests. That way, you can find out what areas you are weak in, and work on them more so you can get the best possible score on your SAT.
As you continue studying, continue taking practice tests. The more tests you take, the more you will be prepared for the real thing when the time comes. Unfortunately, it can cost a lot of money to have private tutors, or take an SAT preparation course. Luckily, there are online resources you can use that have free and nearly-free practice tests online. Since there is little to no cost, you have nothing to lose, and no excuse not to be as prepared as you can possibly be. Here are the top websites that offer SAT practice tests:
- · SAT Tutoring– When you use this website, you are going to receive one-on-one SAT tutoring that is completely customized to your exact study needs. Most SAT prep classes follow the same old curriculum, which is produced for average students, and does not align with the needs of individual students with particular strengths and weaknesses. This program customizes tutoring to your style of learning, and focuses on the areas you need the most help with. You won’t get this kind of personalized attention from many other SAT prep websites. Through one-on-one tutoring, you will master all of the skills and gain the confidence you need to ace the SAT.
- PWN the SAT – This is a great site to use to help you improve your math SAT scores. New York math tutor Marc McClenathan created this site, and also wrote the accompanying book, “PWN the SAT: Math Guide”, which has received great reviews on Amazon. The creator wants students to be able to get the help they need, without paying a fortune for it.
- The Critical Reader – You will find tons of useful information on this website from New York test-prep tutor Erica Meltzer. The information will help you improve your scores on the reading and writing parts of the SAT. Find free study guides, and for even more great advice, read her book, “The Ultimate Guide to SAT Grammar”.
- College Board – This is the only website where you can take a practice test that is an official, full-length SAT exam, so you will know exactly what to expect when it comes time for the real thing. You will also get your scores immediately. You can sign up to get daily SAT questions, which you can find the answers to in the book, “College Board’s Official SAT Study Guide, 2nd Edition”, available on Amazon for $12.08.
- Perfect Score Project – This site was created by the mother of two teenagers who took the SAT every time they could (seven times) in a single year. She offers all kinds of great tips for preparing for the SAT on the website, so you will have all of the tools you need to score high.
- Erik the Red – Erik Jacobsen, math/physics tutor and PhD from Summit, NJ specializes in helping students to prepare for the SAT and ACT math sections. You will find loads of great free materials that you can download, such as formulas, strategies, and of course, test quizzes to help you prepare for the SAT and pass with flying colors.
Jane Hurst has been working in education for over 5 years as a teacher. She loves sharing her knowledge with students, is fascinated about edtech and loves reading, a lot.