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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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Fast math practice focuses on competition, reports

Bottom line: This is a dependable -- if not very customizable -- way to get students some quick math practice, but the competition focus might not work for everyone.


Super STEM, social studies resource with highly customizable content

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


Powerful standards-based assessment tool tracks student progress

Bottom line: An efficient platform -- especially for test prep -- that helps teachers track student progress on standards mastery.

Khan Academy

Flexible learning environment offers a personalized journey to mastery

Bottom line: A solid, free resource for targeted math and science instruction, test prep, history, and more.


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.

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ExploreLearning Gizmos

Vast array of impressive, interactive science and math simulations

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


Study aid uses AI to turn notes into short recall quizzes

Bottom line: Students will find Knowt a useful tool for quick review and recall of well-organized information, and teachers will appreciate the quick turnaround from content to quiz.


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.


Track progress, differentiate instruction with vast content library

Bottom line: Though it's not perfect, it's a great portal for supplementing classroom instruction and supporting personalized learning.


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

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


Pop culture plus solid content equals legit learning

Bottom line: Cleverly written content divided into digestible sections offers solid educational value.


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

Bottom line: This is a quality study tool that helps students learn and memorize facts, especially with a paid subscription.

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Superb ELA resource features engaging activities, stellar support

Bottom line: An exceptional, ever-growing resource for helping your students become close readers, careful writers, and critical thinkers.

Virtual Nerd

Flip a classroom with these free video math tutorials

Bottom line: High-quality but monotonous math tutorials can be a good classroom supplement.


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.


Challenge top students with self-guided math, science, and CS courses

Bottom line: This learning and practice site can be an exciting challenge for passionate, independent students but may be too much for struggling kids.

Microsoft Math Solver

Answer key and helpful videos for tricky homework questions

Bottom line: Unlike other homework help apps, this tool attempts to surround answers with solutions to help students grow (with teacher support).

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.

Seneca Learning

U.K.-based site offers research-driven approach to review

Bottom line: This site has room to improve, but it's already a trustworthy option for test and exam review.


Notes are transformed into hip-hop beats in musical studying app

Bottom line: Studytracks offers an engaging alternative to traditional and sometimes drab forms of studying.


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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