Getting prepared and studying for your college entrance exams like the SAT and ACT can be a very monotonous, strenuous, and time-consuming process. However, in today’s world of modern technology, students can now access free applications for their tablets and smartphones that directly focus on studying for the college entrance exams.
Although there is a plethora of test preparation applications on the market, professional SAT tutor Caroline Duda suggests the following that offer “unique and highly effective ways to augment your existing study routing.” She says that these apps “go the extra mile to make it easy for you to keep review sessions fresh and learn from your mistakes.”
1. ACT Question of the Day
This application is available for Android users and presents a daily question for the mathematics and verbal section of the test. It will also give you a short explanation of the correct answer. The ACT Question of the Day is an excellent way for you to have a quick review session if you are commuting to and from school, on your way to practice, or if you have some spare time. If you believe you may need more practice, this app will even randomize questions from the last 30 days for you to practice!
This application if available for iOS users and is the official app for ACT test takers. You can use this app to register for tests and even view past scores and practice 4 out of the 5 sections of the test. ACTStudent also explains the reasoning behind the correct answer. One word of note is that this app does not offer practice for the writing section.
This application is available to iOS users and tests you on critical reading, mathematics, and writing. It also includes head-to-head competitions which allow you to challenge friends or anyone else and climb the “ladder” with correct answers. The app also stores answered questions for later review and is an awesome app for students who are motivated by some competition.
4. SAT Up
This iOS app can set daily reminders for you to review test material and it integrates social media elements into the study experience. Users complete banks of questions and earn achievement badges. This app has longer test sections so it isn’t geared toward studying between classes or on a commute.
Even though there is no substitute for sitting down with a practice test or study guide or having a professional tutor guide you and prepare you for the SAT and/or ACT, using these apps can benefit you. If you have any questions about preparing for your college entrance exams, please call us to set up an appointment!