You don’t need to take an expensive course or hire a tutor to improve your test scores. Some preparation and review is advisable and discipline is required. Here are a few free or inexpensive ways to study for the SAT or ACT this summer:
- Get a book of practice tests and take one. Score it and go back over the questions you got wrong. Is there a pattern to the kind of problems you missed? Can you learn to do these types of problems? Princeton Review is a good place to start.
- Sign up for the SAT question of the day on the College Board website. You will get an SAT question and answer each day in your email.
- Both the College Board and the ACT websites offer tips and practice test questions. Both publish test prep books that are available for sale in Deerfield Academy’s Campus Store at Hitchcock House.
- Khan Academy: This website supplies a free online collection of more than 2,400 micro lectures via video tutorials stored on YouTube teaching SAT Prep, mathematics, history, finance, physics, chemistry, biology, astronomy, economics, and computer science. Solutions to all of the 438 mathematics problems from the previous edition of The Official SAT Study Guide.
- INeedAPencil.Com: A free site that can help you prepare for the SATs. It offers practice SAT questions, lessons, and other student tools.
- IntelliVocab for SAT: Free iphone/ipad app. Built by students from MIT.
- FreeRice.com: Gives vocabulary questions where every correct answer donates 20 grains of rice through the UN World Food Program to help end hunger.