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Apps and Websites for Test-Prep and Studying

Whether it's the SAT, ACT, AP, or GED -- or even just an old fashioned test or quiz -- exams can induce anxiety in both students and teachers. While there's no love lost for them, tests are a reality. Students need help tackling them effectively and confidently, and teachers need help getting students prepared, especially for studying at home. These great apps and websites for test-prep and studying take some of the pain out of drill-and-kill, giving students the targeted practice, reference resources, and study skills they need to conquer high-stakes tests.

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Deep, data-driven vocabulary tool challenges learners

Bottom line: Membean has the potential to push students and grow their vocabulary while providing teachers with data they'll love.


Trustworthy, practical SAT prep from the makers of the test

Bottom line: Kid will gain confidence as they review practice tests, videos, and SAT advice.

SAT Vocab by MindSnacks

Variety is key in charmingly effective SAT vocab app

Bottom line: Upgrading to the full version gets you great games and a thorough word list for SAT vocab prep.

The Official ACCUPLACER Study App

Solid test prep features representative questions, detailed feedback

Bottom line: A good tool for quick study, but look elsewhere for detailed info about test strategy and scoring.

College Passport - SAT Edition

Good SAT review, iffy college-search guidance

Bottom line: A neat concept with useful features, but the college search's tonal bent and content undermine the app's seriousness.

SAT Word Slam

Creative SAT prep mixes humor with well-researched word lists

Bottom line: Laughing while learning proves effective for learning words in this witty vocab app.

General Prep and Practice Tools


Super STEM resource with highly accessible content

Bottom line: Making STEM content accessible to kids with different learning styles, CK-12 could be the key to mastery for some students.

Khan Academy

Missions boost learning with balance of focus, freedom to explore

Bottom line: A solid resource for Common Core math instruction as well as foundational knowledge in a number of other subjects.


Untangle robust math problems for all ages; plenty of teaching support

Bottom line: It's an excellent classroom companion that can be implemented quickly with little adjustment and a high probability of success.

A+ Spelling Test

Spelling practice app meets expectations, doesn't exceed them

Bottom line: An option worth considering for students needing to build their spelling skills at home or in the classroom.

ExploreLearning Gizmos

Vast array of science and math simulations impresses

Bottom line: This powerful and extensive set of math and science tools puts the learning in students' hands.


Superb ELA resource has comprehensive coverage, tons of supports

Bottom line: StudySync offers a complete core literacy program for secondary schools, making it easy to recommend, especially for teachers new to digital platforms.

Tinycards -- Learn with Fun, Free Flashcards

Gamified flash cards feature great built-in content, spaced repetition

Bottom line: A smart, easy-to-use, and surprisingly fun way to study and review.


Toughest palates can't resist appetizing look at real-world math

Bottom line: Easy-to-deliver lessons use real-world topics tweens like.


Flexible study aid supports learning at home, school, and on the go

Bottom line: A quality study tool for learning and memorizing facts; extensions to support higher-level thinking would be a nice addition.


Flash card app gamifies rote memorization; some cool features

Bottom line: An attractive though potentially spendy way to make studying feel more like a game.


Remix studying with simple do-it-yourself games

Bottom line: While this study tool promotes fun fact practice, it's most effective when students make their own games.

That Quiz

Simple design, customizable quizzes make test practice tolerable

Bottom line: It's free, easy to use for both teachers and students, and, although basic, a pretty solid way to gather classroom data.

Virtual Nerd

Flip a classroom with these quality video math tutorials

Bottom line: High-quality math and physics tutorials are a great classroom supplement, plus they're aligned to Common Core standards.


Challenge top students with adaptive math and physics problems

Bottom line: This leveled physics and math problem site can be an exciting challenge for passionate students, but may be too much for struggling students.


Turn any content into a flexible study aid

Bottom line: Students will benefit from the ease of creating study materials, but getting beyond surface knowledge will take concentrated effort.

Surprisingly addictive quiz game adapts as students play

Bottom line: Teens can learn new words in a variety of contexts as they play a surprisingly addictive game.


Flexible, interactive test-prep practice for high school and beyond

Bottom line: A variety of question types and on-the-spot analytics help teachers individualize test-prep practice.


Multimedia lectures and simulations good for supplemental instruction

Bottom line: This one-stop shop for free distance learning resources is a reliable place for enrichment or remediation.

Free, encouraging test-prep site makes practice more lively

Bottom line: With friendly feedback that's rare in the test-prep world, this free site is comprehensive, responsive, and easy to use.


Study tool supports good habits, works best for older students

Bottom line: A solid concept, but K–12 students and teachers might be better served by other free apps' features.

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