We know that technology has seemingly endless capabilities, but have you thought about how it can help you get ready for important standardized tests? Read on to explore five ways tech can help you prepare for the SATs.
The Power of Tech in SAT Prep
Are you stressing about the upcoming SATs? Do you want to prepare yourself in the best way you possibly can?
First, the fact that you care enough to stress and prepare says a lot, and second, good news! These days, you don't have to look much further than your phone (or other tech device) for support. Let's take a closer look at how technology can help you prepare for the very important SATs.
1. Take Advantage of Online Prep Courses
Technology makes it easy to enroll in online SAT prep courses that feature engaging, entertaining video lessons, practice questions and quizzes to help you get ready for test day. Whether you want to prepare for all of the sections of the test or just one or two, these courses, which can be completed from your computer or mobile device on your own time, have you covered.
2. Use Study Apps
Apple said it best: ''There's an app for that!'' The next way technology can help you prepare for the SATs is through the use of mobile apps that function like your own personal study buddies.
Here are a couple of handy apps for SAT prep:
- Quizlet - This popular online learning community is best known for its extensive library of flashcard sets (we're talking millions) available in both app and website form. You can choose from existing SAT-focused flashcard sets or create your own set tailored to your specific needs or areas of weakness.
- Daily Practice for the SAT - The College Board, the non-profit organization responsible for overseeing the SATs, created this app, which asks you one official SAT question a day and then provides feedback on your answer so that you can get a feel for where you stand in specific areas of the test.
3. Make Your Phone Work for You
Your phone can certainly be a distraction at times, but it can also be an asset when it comes time to prepare for big exams, such as the SATs. So, why not use your phone's technology to your advantage by utilizing the built-in calendar and alarm features for setting regular study reminders and/or alerts? Or, you can download an app such as Evernote, which helps you manage your study time and stay organized—both of which are very important while you prepare for the SATs.
4. Take Practice Tests
Taking SAT practice tests can be an effective way to get a feel for the real thing, and technology gives you the ability to do just that. Offered through the College Board website, these full-length practice tests can either be taken online or downloaded and printed at your convenience. When you finish taking a practice test online, you'll be scored and given study recommendations based on the questions that you missed. If you download and take a paper practice test, you can check your answers via the College Board's ''Daily Practice for the SAT'' app that we mentioned earlier.
5. Connect With Other Test Takers
Lastly, technology gives you the power to connect with others who are gearing up to take the SATs. Study Buddy is an app that helps you find local students who are studying the same things you are. Or, you can always use social media outlets such as Facebook and Twitter to reach out to other SAT takers. You may also be able to find online discussion forums that focus on SAT-related topics. Regardless of which option you utilize, it's always a bonus to have others to share your experiences, thoughts and frustrations with as you get ready to take the SATs.
It's Prep Time!
See? Technology really can help you prepare for the SATs in more ways than one! Now, all you have to do is decide when to start prepping. When test day arrives, you'll be glad you took the time to do it!
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