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Tools To Get You Studying for the SAT, ACT, SSAT, ISEE and Other Tests

testing photoSeveral of my students took the first New SAT on March 5, and they found the test wasn’t nearly as hard as they had feared. Like all new things, standardized tests become less scary and more manageable with familiarity and practice.

There are plenty of resources out there to help you get ready for any standardized test you’ll be taking, from elementary level through grad school. I’ve collected a few of my favorites below.

Really, the biggest test-prep hurdle is getting started!

Don’t worry too much about HOW you prepare; any combination of workbooks, online tools, classes and one-on-one tutoring can be effective. Just choose the method that feels best for you, and get going!


Khan Academy’s Excellent and Free Test Prep Tools

Khan Academy is now partnered with the College Board to provide a spectrum of SAT prep tools, including free practice tests, explanatory videos and online practice exercises. Khan Academy SAT Prep Tools. They’ve also got materials for the GMAT , the MCAT and some other specialized tests.

Tons of SSAT and ISEE Practice

Because the SSAT and the ISEE are taken by a far smaller number of students (only those applying to private secondary schools), it can be hard to find enough practice materials. I like this large bank of questions provided by Varsity Tutors, especially their huge collection of flashcards for every section at every test level (lower, middle and upper).

To stay on track and motivated, I suggest students set a specific flashcards-per-day goal and record their daily work on a checklist or calendar. You’ll also find plenty of flashcards for the ACT, AP exams, SAT subject tests, and several other tests including the GRE and the LSAT.

Varsity Free Practice Tests and Flashcards

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Tools To Get You Studying for the SAT, ACT, SSAT, ISEE and Other Tests

Leigh Pretnar Cousins, MS

Leigh Pretnar Cousins, MS is an educator, counselor, writer and speaker. She's been a tutor, test prep coach and home school teacher for over thirty years. Click HERE to visit Leigh's website and to subscribe to her newsletter, "Learning Something New."

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Cousins, L. (2016). Tools To Get You Studying for the SAT, ACT, SSAT, ISEE and Other Tests. Psych Central. Retrieved on January 21, 2020, from


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