There are a lot of ways students can prepare for major standardized tests like the SAT or ACT. Research has proven the best way to maximize results is to use a test-prep method that suits one’s learning habits.
Check out these study styles and the test-prep methods they match best.
Like any form of practice, test preparation (if done effectively) can be a learning experience and help students improve their test scores overall. By using methods that are tailored to your learning style, you’ll better retain the knowledge necessary to do your best on any test.
Are you better at remembering things you see?
Visual learners tend to remember what they study better when the information is on flash cards, used in games or when they take notes. Here are a couple of test-prep options for you:
• Barron’s ACT Flash Cards include test-taking tips and strategies, key facts and practice problems that mirror questions on each section of the ACT, including writing. Con: The flash cards function more like a compact, travel-sized version of the book.
• SAT Up is a free app that gives access to over 2,000 questions aimed at preparing you for the math, reading and writing sections of the SAT and ACT. It also offers step-by-step explanations and has a personalized SAT daily workout feature.
Con: The subscription costs $4.99 a month.
Do you catch on to things better if you practice them hands-on?
Here are a couple of favored study resources with practice tests that should help:
• ACT Online Prep gives you access to real ACT test questions and a comprehensive test review for each section of the ACT for $21.95 a year.
Con: Only offers one practice test.
• The Princeton Review offers free online ACT/SAT practice tests in addition to test-prep study tips.
Con: The program’s tutoring costs and online courses are pricey, $599 for 18 hours.
Do you have to repeat something several times in your head for it to stick?
Try these options:
• Method Test Prep offers a free, 14-day Method Test Prep membership, which includes SAT and ACT test-prep webinars and study guides. Students can interact with instructors during online sessions.
Con: The cost of study materials is not included.
• Standard SAT/ACT PowerPrep gives you more than 10 hours of instructor-led video and more than 40 hours of coursework.
Con: This program costs almost $600.
Act.org Download a free copy of an ACT Test Booklet. Each booklet includes a full-length practice test, strategies to help prepare for test day .
eKnowledge.com Thanks to a partnership between eKnowledge and the National Federation of State High School Association (NFHS), SAT and ACT test-prep programs are offered to students in the NFHS for free (with a $17.55 charge for shipping and handling). The test-prep material includes a DVD and thousands of interactive diagnostic tools in addition to sample questions and teaching illustrations.