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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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CK-12

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.

Edulastic

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.

NRICH

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.

Knowt

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.

Membean

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.

Gooru

Personalized tool fosters exploration, teacher-led meaningful learning

Bottom line: A great portal for supplementing classroom instruction; supports independent and personalized learning.

Mathalicious

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

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

Quizlet

Flexible study aid supports learning at home, at 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.

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StudySync

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.

Albert

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.

Brilliant

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.

Vocabulary.com

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.

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.

Studytracks

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.

HippoCampus

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.

Number2.com

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.

Synap

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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