Preparing for the ACT and SAT is an important part of the college prep process. While this can be stressful, planning in advance will make it easier on students (and parents). You may be overwhelmed by all of the test prep materials and resources available and the price tags can sometimes be shocking! Luckily, the Internet and smartphone app stores are full of FREE resources to help prep for the big test day(s).
We have compiled this list of free resources just for you! Take advantage of practice tests, answer daily questions, and have a little fun on the apps while getting ready for the test that will open doors to the college of your choice!
Free Official SAT & ACT Practice Exams via PowerSource
- 4 official ACT exams with answers at the end
- 1 8th-9th grade practice exam
- ACT Practice Questions
- ACT Question of the Day
- 7 official SAT exams with answers, explanations and sample essay questions (no scoring guide available)
- SAT Practice Questions
- SAT Question of the Day
Bonus Tip: Download a FREE ebook to help you master 700 of the most commonly occurring SAT words here.
This guide offers everything to prepare you for your test day so you fully prepared without any surprises, other than the “real” questions of course.
- A general preparation explanation and strategies for the ACT exams
- What to expect on test day
- How to take practice exams
- Practice multiple-choice exams
- Practice writing exam
- Explanation of how to score the multiple-choice and writing exams
- Sample answer document
Did You Know? The ACT offers a “Test Day Checklist” here to ensure you have all the documents, supplies, permitted drinks and snacks with you the day of the test. The SAT also has a guide on what to expect with the type of questions you will see on test day. Click here to see more details.
- FREE SAT & ACT PREP
- Guided, interactive and accessible resource with games if you don’t have a lot of time to sit and practice
- Practice tests are available and include step-by-step breakdowns of each question
- Customized study paths to help monitor progress
- Take prequiz to get study path
- Get strategy badge to know how to take the SAT/ACT
- No guarantee scores will increase since it is 100% self-guided
Bonus Tip: This website provides notes and tips for the content covered before each section. It provides a great refresher and opportunity to take notes if you’re a visual note taker to help study.
- Khan Academy
- Android or Apple devices
- Specific SAT prep
- General videos to help on subjects of both ACT/SAT
- Sample standardized tests
- Magoosh ACT Flash Cards
- Created by ACT experts to ensure you study the most commonly tested concepts
- 216 flashcards on English, Math and Science concepts
- Optimized for web, iPhone and Android
- Spaced Repetition Technique (SRT) to help you focus on the concepts you are struggling with the most
- Magoosh SAT Flash Cards
- Improve your vocabulary with SAT flashcards
- Master the 350 most important SAT words
- Optimized for web, iPhone and Android
- Magoosh ACT Lessons
- Engaging and effective video Lectures by ACT experts.
- 80+ lessons on English, Math, Science and Writing
- Lessons on fundamental and advanced topics
- Study on the go using your iPhone or Android
- Thousands of students have improved their score with Magoosh
- Daily Practice for the New SAT from the College Board
- Sharpen your skills by answering a daily question and receiving immediate feedback
- Exclusive, official reading, writing and language, or math questions
- Hints offered if you need assistance
- Explanations offered to assist learning from mistakes
Bonus Tip: Downloading all the apps can seem overwhelming. Create a folder on your smartphone or tablet to keep all test prep apps in one spot.
- Make a plan and create a reminder on your phone’s calendar or in your daily planner to review for the exam. Standardized tests play a key role in your future so it’s important to work to get the best score possible.
- The last two sections of your ScholarPrep Organizer can be used to create a checklist of sites you visited, utilized, liked, didn’t like and apps you downloaded but deleted if you felt they weren’t helpful for you. Take notes. Stay organized. Prepare for the big test day!
Have you utilized any of these resources? Which ones do you prefer? Do you use other free resources that you think we need to add to our list? Let us know!