Preparing for the SAT and ACT

Your PSAT (and/or PLAN) score report contains useful information about specific sections on the SAT (and/or ACT) where you should focus extra attention while preparing for the SAT or ACT. Many students take formal SAT prep classes or private tutoring, although motivated students can often accomplish just as much with diligent self study. The College Board (SAT) and the ACT have compiled sample exams in their study guides that are an excellent resource for any entrance exam preparation effort.

For students who took the PSAT, you have access to The College Board’s My College QuickStart™ which includes these features:

  • My Online Score Report – An enhanced score report that allows you to review each PSAT test question, your answer, and the correct answer with answer explanations.

  • My SAT Study Plan – A customized SAT study plan based on your PSAT/NMSQT test performance, highlighting skills for review and practice.

My College QuickStart™ is a great place to begin. Use the free personalized planning kit based on your test results which includes projected SAT score ranges, a customized SAT study plan, and a list of colleges, majors and careers to consider. To register, use your access code from your PSAT score report.


There are many FREE programs and resources to use while  preparing for the SAT and ACT including:

  • My College QuickStart™ — The College Board

  • The College Board Web Site — Free test preparation materials, excellent resources for finding, selecting, applying to and paying for college

  • The ACT web site — Free ACT prep materials, good information and resources for college search and admission process

  • Number2.com — Excellent free site for SAT and ACT prep and personalized vocabulary builder

  • Test Prep Review.com — Free practice test questions, and subject area self-assessment modules for the SAT, ACT and PSAT

  • The Princeton Review — Test prep company offers some free study materials for the PSAT, SAT, Subject Tests and ACT. Click on “Free Practice Tools” section for each test.

  • Kaplan — Test prep company provides some free SAT and ACT prep materials including access to free “Quiz Bank”, “Practice Tests” and “Practice Questions”

  • FreeSAT1Prep.com — Free test prep materials provided by Admissions Consultants Inc.

  • MajorTests.com – Free prep materials for the SAT. Excellent 1000 word vocabulary builder (10 lists for 10 weeks)

  • PrepMe.com – Test prep company provides some free materials.

There are numerous fee-based programs and resources to prepare you for the SAT and ACT ranging from private tutoring to on-line programs including:

  • The Princeton Review

  • Kaplan

  • ePrep

  • PrepMe

InLikeMe provides links to many of these sites.  Check out InLikeMe Web Links — Category:  SAT / ACT Preparation.

For many students, test preparation books are an integral part of their study program. Books developed by the test providers (SAT and ACT) are especially popular.

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