What Are the Best Online SAT Prep Courses?

Instructor: Jesse Card
You don't have to sign up for an expensive course at the local college or lug dozens of books around to prepare for the SAT: a lot of your studying can be done online, often for far cheaper than in-person courses. Here are a few great resources and tips to help you prepare for test day.

Finding the Best SAT Preparation Courses

There are a couple of guiding principles which help determine which SAT courses are truly the best. For starters, they should cover everything you'll encounter on the test through both thorough instruction and comprehensive test practice. Secondly, they should be a good fit for you in price, flexibility, and course delivery. The best courses are generally those which pack in the most bang (lessons and practice) for the buck, allow you to study across all your digital devices, deliver instruction in several formats (e.g. audio/video and print), and come with optional tutoring or instructor-outreach opportunities.

Though your individual study program will depend on your specific needs and preferences, here are a few places to check out as you get started. SAT Courses offers a comprehensive SAT Prep course with over 220 short video lessons designed to provide you with prep on all of the sections of the SAT. The course includes test strategy tips as well as instruction on the content you need to know.

If you need help with a specific section of the test, you can choose among's SAT Math, Reading and Writing courses.

The lessons are easy-to-understand videos that you can watch in under 10 minutes on any device. Short quizzes help you check your understanding as you go. You will find printable materials to help in your studies, plus practice tests to get used to answering the kinds of questions you'll see on the exam. You'll also get helpful tips for test day. You can also hit up our instructors for a little additional help if you get stuck on certain concepts.


McGraw-Hill, the textbook publishing giant, offers 12 SAT preparation videos and a practice test you can take for free online. They provide lessons on critical reading, writing, and math, as well as a lesson on the art of taking the test itself. You can also check out some SAT prep books and CDs that offer subject-level and overall preparation as well as tips and helpful study methods.

College Board

Since College Board is the organization that produces the SAT, it is a highly credible resource for the info you'll find on the test. On this website you'll find several free products, such as the Question of the Day and practice tests. You can also purchase an official paperback study guide and online course.


Kaplan is regularly rated among the top SAT test prep providers. They have a very thorough and customizable lesson, tutoring, and test practice program that comes with strong guarantees to ensure your satisfaction. The prices for full prep courses range between around $300 to at least $1,500. Tutoring packages start around $2,400.

The Princeton Review

The Princeton Review SAT test prep course also comes with high reviews. They have a robust test practice database, diverse course offerings (including the ability to augment your studies with classes in several on-site locations), and tutoring options. Fees for prep options can range from around $700 for the entry-level prep course to over $7,000 for a private tutoring package. An SAT practice test is available at no charge.

Preparing for the SAT

Preparation for the exam starts with performance in school and practice at home. At school, push yourself to learn new things and master the various topics tested on the exam. At home, read regularly and critically, and write every day. Beyond these basic measures, it helps to augment your studies with preparation resources geared specifically toward SAT score improvement and test practice.

It will take a little time to figure out exactly which programs are great for you. Some, like, offer trial periods that let you explore all of the features.

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