There’s no doubt about it – the ACT and SAT are incredibly important tests. With so much riding on your score –college admittance, scholarships, potential jobs or internships, etc.– you’ll want to be as ready as possible when test day comes.

And sure, there are lots of options for prep out there, like tutors, online courses, practice tests, prep books, and video lectures, but all of those can get expensive, and sometimes they aren’t as convenient as you need them to be.

Never fear! This post will shine the spotlight on some valuable ACT/SAT prep resources that are helpful, convenient, user-friendly, smart, and (best of all) completely free.

1. Number2.com 

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Allan Foster via Flickr

This fantastic site allows users to view tutorials, answer practice questions, create flashcards, and so much more in preparation for the ACT or SAT. The course is customized and adapts based on the user’s skill level and keeps track of what they’ve studied and how well they’re doing. There is even immediate feedback for every incorrect answer on a practice test, so the user can learn from their mistake and push forward towards a better score.

Number2.com has features from a vocabulary builder to a study plan email system. Every aspect of the site is designed to help students prepare to the best of their abilities. One user commented, “I couldn’t believe this when my friend told me that I can study for SAT using the computer. But now after studying something I can say that it is really helpful. THANK YOU very much for making this cool website.”

https://www.number2.com

 

2. FreeTestPrep.com

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Steven S. via Flickr

The name says it all. This site offers a host of prep goodies to students, including practice questions, video explanations, study guides, ACT/SAT articles, and flashcards. With easy navigation and a no-hassle setup, students can dive right into subject-by-subject quizzes that offer feedback on incorrect answers.

With a focus on high quality and student success, FreeTestPrep is a great tool for students looking to get an edge on the the ACT/SAT.

http://www.freetestprep.com

 

3. Kaplan Test Prep 

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Source: Flickr user Alberto G.

Kaplan offers students a wealth of educational help in the form of tutoring and comprehensive courses, but they also offer this gem – a free online SAT or ACT practice test with a score review. By registering for one of the online test dates, students can gain a valuable look into what their chosen test will feel like.

Kaplan also has several informational sessions where students and parents alike can ask all of their questions about the ACT, SAT, PSAT, and even college applications.

http://www.kaptest.com

 

4. PrepFactory

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World Bank Photo Collection via Flickr

This awesome site offers a revolutionary and unique take on test prep. By implementing experience points (XP) and a level-up system, PrepFactory engages with students and makes the studying process not only rewarding, but fun. Students can earn XP by watching videos, taking practice tests, and answering questions correctly.

PrepFactory focuses on two things: quality and convenience. They select the best instructors and are dedicated to ensuring the student has an easy and worthwhile experience using their site.

http://www.prepfactory.com/

 

5. SparkNotes

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Source: Flickr user CollegeDegrees360

In addition to providing invaluable notes, summaries, and analyses of books you may or may not have mostly just skimmed through, SparkNotes also offers in-depth information about the entrance exams. SparkNotes is one-stop-shopping (with a grand total of costing you $0.00) for any and all questions you have about the ACT/SAT. With a comprehensive breakdown of the tests, how they’re graded, guides to each section, and strategies, SparkNotes is a great tool to use.

In addition to all that info, the site also offers SAT subject quizzes, tips and tricks for both tests, sample questions, and a thorough guide to just about every aspect of the tests you can think of.

http://www.sparknotes.com/testprep/

 

6. ACT / SAT Websites

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Source: Flickr user ccarlstead

What better place to learn all you can about the entrance exams than their very own websites? ACT takers can learn about test tips, read descriptions of the subjects tested, view sample questions, and browse through a downloadable booklet that contains a practice test, scoring key, test info, and more. ACT also has links to other prep opportunities, some of which do cost, but the free resources are great help too.

http://www.actstudent.org/testprep/

For the SAT students, the official site offers study guides, study plans, practice tests, information on what you’ll be tested on, and a breakdown of the SAT. Additionally, the SAT site provides a bunch of tips, tricks, strategies, and suggestions on how to study for, and take the entrance exam.

https://sat.collegeboard.org

 

7. Your School

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Texas A&M University-Commerce Marketing Communications Photography via Flickr

Many schools offer ACT/SAT review sessions for materials you maybe haven’t covered in a while; it’s always a good idea to take advantage of these sessions to dust off and polish those skills. The review sessions allow students to take notes, practice, study with peers, and ask the teachers clarifying questions.

 

 

Hopefully, one of the very cost-effective entries on this list has inspired you to take the bull by the horns and get ready for that entrance exam. Whether you’re taking the ACT or SAT — study hard, prep well, and good luck!