By Polly Conway,
Common Sense Media Reviewer
Common Sense Media Reviewers
Trustworthy SAT prep from the folks who make the test.
A Lot or a Little?
What you will—and won't—find in this website.
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.
Feeling prepared for the stressful SAT experience will help kids feel confident and less afraid when the big day comes.
Products & Purchases
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.
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.
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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?
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.
Talk to Your Kids 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.
- Subjects: Math: algebra, patterns, ratio, Language & Reading: following directions, reading comprehension, vocabulary
- Skills: Self-Direction: academic development, effort, work to achieve goals, Thinking & Reasoning: applying information, decision-making, thinking critically, Responsibility & Ethics: following codes of conduct, Emotional Development: handling stress, persevering
- Genre: Educational
- Pricing structure: Free, Paid
- Last updated: November 5, 2015
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