Best Apps and Sites for College Prep

The journey to get college-ready begins long before high school graduation. Standardized test scores, scholarships, and essays start to dominate kids' days as early as middle school. Students may start to think about what helps their chances and how to submit applications, and they may find opportunities to beef up their experience. But don't worry: You don't have to go it alone. Check out these resources to help your kid find funding, boost test scores, write solid essays, develop strong time-management habits, and practice important life skills for when they're on their own.

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Forest: Stay focused, be present

age 12+

Watch focus grow, have real-world impact with visual tool.

Devices: iPhone, iPod Touch, iPad, Android (2016)
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Mobile Learning & Study App

age 12+

Multiple-choice prep for nearly every test; not much more.

Devices: iPhone, iPod Touch, iPad, Android (2016)
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Moment - Screen Time Tracker

age 13+

Slick app needs full access to track device use, set limits.

Devices: iPhone, iPod Touch, iPad (2016)
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SAT Vocab by MindSnacks

age 12+

9 fun ways to practice; purchase needed to unlock full app.

Devices: iPhone, iPod Touch, iPad (2015)
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Streaks

age 12+

Form or break habits, track progress daily with sleek tool.

Devices: iPhone, iPod Touch, iPad (2016)
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uVocab - Vocabulary Trainer

age 12+

Challenging practice app for SAT and ACT prep.

Devices: Android (2012)
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Evernote

age 13+

Organization tool helps kids manage their digital lives.

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Purdue Online Writing Lab

age 13+

One-stop site for writing help is a good resource for teens.

URL: http://owl.english.purdue.edu/ (2013)
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RaiseMe - College Scholarships

age 13+

Use this handy tool to log achievements, earn scholarships.

Devices: iPhone, iPod Touch, iPad (2018)
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Study.com

age 13+

Thousands of videos for learning, test prep, college credit.

Devices: iPhone, iPod Touch, iPad, Android (2018)
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LinkedIn

age 14+

Teens should think twice before posting an online resume.

URL: http://www.linkedin.com (2013)
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Shmoop

age 14+

Clever study materials for teens merge humor and learning.

URL: https://www.shmoop.com (2013)
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SoundNote

age 14+

Cool study aid syncs written notes with recorded audio.

Devices: iPad (2013)
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Any.do: To-Do List, Calendar, Reminders & Tasks

age 15+

Multi-function, powerful organizer best for teens, adults.

Devices: iPhone, iPod Touch, iPad, Android (2017)
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SAT

age 15+

Trustworthy SAT prep from the folks who make the test.

URL: http://sat.collegeboard.org (2013)
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The College Fair

age 15+

Browse slick feed to find college info with some flaws.

Devices: iPhone, iPod Touch, iPad (2016)
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DREAMer's Roadmap

age 16+

Find scholarships, college info for undocumented students.

Devices: iPhone, iPod Touch, iPad, Android (2016)
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Scholly

age 16+

Find scholarships, preview essays with targeted search tool.

Devices: iPhone, iPod Touch, iPad, Android (2016)
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