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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.

Tools to Prep for Specific Tests

SAT Visit Website: http://sat.collegeboard.org
Trustworthy, practical SAT prep from the makers of the test
Grades 8-12
Type Website
Price Free, Paid
Common Sense Rating 4
Teacher Rating 4
SAT Vocab - MindSnacks Publisher: MindSnacks
Variety is key in charmingly effective SAT vocab app
Grades 8-12
Type App
Price Free, Paid
Platforms iPad, iPhone, iPod Touch
Common Sense Rating 4
Teacher Rating 4
The Official ACCUPLACER Study App Publisher: The College Board
Solid test prep features representative questions, detailed feedback
Grades 8-12
Type App
Price $2.99
Platforms iPad, iPhone, iPod Touch
Common Sense Rating 3
Teacher Rating Not Yet Rated
AP Exam Prep English Language and Composition Publisher: K12 Inc.
Extensive test-prep tool; feedback facilitates independent study
Grades 9-12
Type App
Price $9.99
Platforms Android, iPad, Kindle Fire
Common Sense Rating 4
Teacher Rating Not Yet Rated
AP Exam Prep World History Publisher: K12 Inc.
Extensive, versatile, no-frills review tool for serious AP students
Grades 9-12
Type App
Price $11.99
Platforms Android, iPad, Kindle Fire
Common Sense Rating 4
Teacher Rating Not Yet Rated
College Passport - SAT Edition Publisher: Edupath LLC
Good SAT review, iffy college-search guidance
Grades 9-12
Type App
Price Free
Platforms iPad, iPhone, iPod Touch
Common Sense Rating 3
Teacher Rating Not Yet Rated
SAT Word Slam Publisher: Slammin Productions
Creative SAT prep mixes humor with well-researched word lists
Grades 9-12
Type App
Price Free - $3.99
Platforms iPad, iPhone, iPod Touch
Common Sense Rating 4
Teacher Rating 4

General Prep and Practice Tools

CK-12 Visit Website: http://www.ck12.org
Super STEM resource with highly accessible content
Grades K-12
Type Website
Price Free
Common Sense Rating 4
Teacher Rating 3
Khan Academy Visit Website: http://www.khanacademy.org
Missions boost learning with balance of focus, freedom to explore
Grades K-12
Type Website
Price Free
Common Sense Rating 4
Teacher Rating 4
NRICH Visit Website: http://nrich.maths.org
Untangle robust math problems for all ages; plenty of teaching support
Grades K-12
Type Website
Price Free
Common Sense Rating 4
Teacher Rating 4
ExploreLearning Gizmos Visit Website: http://explorelearning.com
Vast array of science and math simulations impresses
Grades 3-12
Type Website
Price Free to Try, Paid
Common Sense Rating 5
Teacher Rating 4
StudySync Visit Website: http://www.studysync.com/
Superb ELA resource spurs critical thinking with dynamic multimedia
Grades 3-12
Type Website
Price Free to Try, Paid
Common Sense Rating 5
Teacher Rating 5
Tinycards -- Flashcards by Duolingo Publisher: Duolingo
Gamified flash cards feature great built-in content, spaced repetition
Grades 3-12
Type App
Price Free
Platforms iPad, iPhone, iPod Touch
Common Sense Rating 4
Teacher Rating Not Yet Rated
Mathalicious Visit Website: http://www.mathalicious.com/
Toughest palates can't resist appetizing look at real-world math
Grades 6-12
Type Website
Price $320 annual subscription per teacher
Common Sense Rating 4
Teacher Rating 4
Quizlet Visit Website: http://www.quizlet.com
School-friendly study aid continues to add useful features
Grades 6-12
Type Website
Price Free, Paid
Common Sense Rating 3
Teacher Rating 3
StudyAce Visit Website: https://www.studyace.com
Flash card app gamifies rote memorization; some cool features
Grades 6-12
Type Website
Price Free to Try, Paid
Common Sense Rating 3
Teacher Rating Not Yet Rated
Sugarcane Visit Website: www.sugarcane.com
Remix studying with simple do-it-yourself games
Grades 6-12
Type Website
Price Free
Common Sense Rating 3
Teacher Rating Not Yet Rated
That Quiz Visit Website: http://www.thatquiz.org/
Simple design, customizable quizzes make test practice tolerable
Grades 6-12
Type Website
Price Free
Common Sense Rating 3
Teacher Rating 4
Virtual Nerd Visit Website: http://www.virtualnerd.com/
Flip a classroom with these quality video math tutorials
Grades 6-12
Type Website
Price Free, Paid
Common Sense Rating 4
Teacher Rating 4
Brilliant Visit Website: https://brilliant.org/
Challenge top students with adaptive math and physics problems
Grades 7-12
Type Website
Price Free
Common Sense Rating 4
Teacher Rating 4
Vocabulary.com Publisher: Vocabulary.com
Surprisingly addictive quiz game adapts as students play
Grades 7-12
Type App
Price $2.99
Platforms Android, iPad, iPhone, iPod Touch
Common Sense Rating 4
Teacher Rating Not Yet Rated
HippoCampus Visit Website: http://www.hippocampus.org
Multimedia lectures and simulations good for supplemental instruction
Grades 9-12
Type Website
Price Free
Common Sense Rating 3
Teacher Rating 3
Number2.com Visit Website: http://www.Number2.com
Free, encouraging test-prep site makes practice more lively
Grades 9-12
Type Website
Price Free
Common Sense Rating 3
Teacher Rating 4
Synap Publisher: MyLabs Ltd
Study tool supports good habits, works best for older students
Grades 9-12
Type App
Price Free, Paid
Platforms iPad, iPhone, iPod Touch
Common Sense Rating 3
Teacher Rating Not Yet Rated