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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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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.

AP Exam Prep English Language and Composition

Extensive test-prep tool; feedback facilitates independent study

Bottom line: Provides a thorough and effective option for independent study or diagnostic checks.

AP Exam Prep World History

Extensive, versatile, no-frills review tool for serious AP students

Bottom line: This versatile and extensive review tool for the serious AP student includes a variety of effective study aids.

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.

ExploreLearning Gizmos

Vast array of science and math simulations impresses

Bottom line: This powerful 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.

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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