SAT

Common Sense Media says

Trustworthy SAT prep from the folks who make the test.

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What parents need to know

Positive messages

Feeling prepared for the stressful SAT experience will help kids feel confident and less afraid when the big day comes.

Violence
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Sex
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Language
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Consumerism

There's a Store link where a number of College Board SAT guides and products can be purchased, but the site isn't pushy about them.

Drinking, drugs, & smoking
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Privacy & safety
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Parents Need to Know

Parents need to know that the College Board's SAT website is a great place for their kids to keep all their test-taking info organized and get a little studying done while they're at it. The website is warm and inviting, which should really help kids with test anxiety or who feel pressured and overwhelmed by the whole experience. Some of the extensive test prep can be pricey, so see how your kid responds to the free stuff before shelling out the big bucks.

What kids can learn

Subjects

Language & Reading

  • following directions
  • reading comprehension
  • vocabulary

Math

  • algebra
  • patterns
  • ratio

Skills

Thinking & Reasoning

  • thinking critically
  • applying information
  • decision-making

Self-Direction

  • work to achieve goals
  • academic development
  • effort

Emotional Development

  • persevering
  • handling stress

Responsibility & Ethics

  • following codes of conduct

Engagement, Approach, Support

Engagement

No matter what they do, the SAT will never be officially fun. But this site looks fantastic, with teen-friendly images and style, and it's engaging enough, especially to kids who are ready to do some serious study. 

Learning Approach

What kids learn here can transfer to future test-taking experiences, as well as classroom study skills. As kids work to get their highest scores, they'll feel empowered on the big day.

Support

There's not much advice for kids who have testing difficulties or different learning styles, but a multitude of study options are available here and on College Board's network of sister sites.

What kids can learn

Subjects

Language & Reading

  • following directions
  • reading comprehension
  • vocabulary

Math

  • algebra
  • patterns
  • ratio

Skills

Thinking & Reasoning

  • thinking critically
  • applying information
  • decision-making

Self-Direction

  • work to achieve goals
  • academic development
  • effort

Emotional Development

  • persevering
  • handling stress

Responsibility & Ethics

  • following codes of conduct

Kids will learn enhanced study skills, as well as reinforce the content they're hoping to master: vocabulary, reading comprehension, and math concepts. Kids will learn to make decisions quickly, and deduce the correct answer through a process of elimination. Sample quizzes and videos empower kids with practical skills they can use on test day.

This Learning Rating review was written by Polly Conway

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What's it about?

This is where kids and parents can find all things SAT; you can study, register, or get scores for the most important college admission test. It's from the College Board (the folks who make the test), so it's a trustworthy source for SAT needs. Kids will create an account by entering personal and school info, and once logged in they can do a number of things. Free practice tests and study questions are available on the site, as well as lots of study guides that can be purchased. Each site user has access to \"My Organizer,\" where they can collect and save info about preferred colleges, financial aid, and other school-related stuff. More free tools include SAT Skills Insight, a program that helps kids systematically discover how to improve scores.

Is it any good?

QUALITY
 

Doing away with giant manuals and books of practice tests (although some are still available to buy here), the SAT website lets kids keep all their SAT-related business in one place, and that's great. The free stuff is good for kids who can't afford to shell out for summer classes or tutoring, although it would be nice to have a few more practice tests. The website itself is well-designed and unintimidating, which should put kids easily overwhelmed by this sometimes scary process at ease.

Families can talk about...

  • Explore the Practice section of the website for study videos, guides, and interactive tools.

  • Discuss your game plan for test day, and make a checklist of things you need to bring.

  • Familiarize yourself with test day policies such as the use of calculators.

Website details

Genre:Educational
Price:Free-$69.95
Pricing structure:Free, Paid

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  • ON: Content is age-appropriate for kids this age.
  • PAUSE: Know your child; some content may not be right for some kids.
  • OFF: Not age-appropriate for kids this age.
  • NOT FOR KIDS: Not appropriate for kids of any age.

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Learning ratings

  • Best: Really engaging, great learning approach.
  • Very Good: Engaging, good learning approach.
  • Good: Pretty engaging, good learning approach.
  • Fair: Somewhat engaging, okay learning approach.
  • Not for Learning: Not recommended for learning.
  • Not for Kids: Not age-appropriate for kids; not recommended for learning.

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