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ACT/SAT prep — 8 apps to download

From the MCG 2012 Sophomore edition

JUGGLING CLASSES, HOMEWORK, extracurricular activities and a social life? Wondering how you’re going to fit in ACT or SAT test preparation? You’re in luck. There’s nothing easier than downloading an app to do a little test prep on your smartphone or iPad.

Here are some of the more popular choices for SAT/ACT test preparation:

1. SAT Remix

Available for: cell phones (and not just smartphones)
Cost: starting at $24.99 for three months
Download from: http://satremix.com
This vocabulary prep program uses vocabulary lessons set to music. Through this "Alpha learning," students are taught more than 300 of the most-missed words on the SAT.

2. ACT Practice for Dummies

Available for: iPhone® and iPad®
Cost: $9.99
Download from: iTunes (iPhone applications store)
Features include more than 150 practice questions covering reading, writing and math skills, plus two full practice exams with time limits.

3. Watermelon Express SAT Connect

Available for: iPhone® and iPad®
Cost: $9.99 for iPhone®, $14.99 for iPad®
Download from: iTunes (iPhone applications store)
Billing itself as the "world’s first and only cross-platform SAT test prep tool," this application is also available for computers. The content includes five mini tests, 650 practice questions with solutions, and 500 pages of review materials and test-taking tips.

4. Tutor.com To Go

Available for: iPhone®, iPod Touch® and iPad®
Cost: FREE trial, then plans starts at $34.99/month
Download from: iTunes (iPhone applications store)
Live tutors help students preparing for the SAT or ACT by not only answering their questions, but also explaining via a digital blackboard how they arrived at the answers.

5. ACTStudent

Available for: iPhone® and iPod Touch®
Cost: FREE
Download from: iTunes (iPhone applications store)
Created by the ACT, this application helps students prepare with practice items, scores and feedback to answers. A link to the ACT’s mobile site offers answers to FAQs about the test.

6. SAT Score Quest™ by The Princeton Review

Available for: iPad®
Cost: FREE
Download from: iTunes (iPhone applications store)
Using ShowMe technology, a Princeton Review tutor explains sample question solutions. This application also includes 45 extra questions with a score report, 15 Core Concept lessons, voice recordings and more.

7. Kaplan SAT Flashcubes

Available for: iPhone® and iPod Touch®
Cost: $4.99 (FREE for ACT QuizBank)
Download from: iTunes (iPhone applications store)
This on-the-go study guide helps students prepare for the verbal section of the SAT using self-study mode, multiple-choice quizzes, custom vocabulary lists and progress reports.

8. eTextPrep SAT and ACT Vocab Prep

Available for: cell phones
Cost: $7.99 month
Download from: www.eTextPrep.com
Students receive two vocabulary words (with parts of speech and definition) on their cell phone each day.A section on Latin and Greek roots, prefixes and suffixes is also included, as is a weekly word review.

 

Fortunately, practicing for the ACT/SAT is easier than ever. The College Board offers practice tests, daily e-mails and even an online course. You can also practice for the ACT using an eBook, practice questions or an online test- prep course. How you study is up to you. Check www.mycollegeguide.org for practical advice and information on SAT/ACT test preparation.

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