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8 Test Prep Apps for High-Schoolers

With year-round sports schedules and a full roster of after-school activities, it’s a wonder that our over-scheduled kids have any time to study at all! But that doesn’t stop schools – and parents – from piling on the pressure as high-schoolers prepare for those ACTs, SATs, and more.

Fortunately, the almost universal adoption of mobile devices means that kids now have an ‘anytime, anywhere’ opportunity to study. Test prep apps are a growing and highly sought-after commodity, offering exposure to actual test questions and top-flight tuition in a format designed to make today’s kids feel right at home. Here are 8 of our favorites:


The ever-reliable SparkNotes offers study guides for literature, Shakespeare, poetry, philosophy, drama and short stories. Get access to over 50 pre-installed study guides and hundreds more online. Study guides can be downloaded for offline use, and Facebook integration allows you to share a location and start an instant online study group!

Platform: iOS, Android
Price: Free

Ace the SAT

Ace the SAT contains thousands of questions to help you nail SAT Math. Variable topics and a gradual learning approach build both expertise and confidence. The app tracks performance and ‘learns’ your ability, tailoring questions to suit your precise level of understanding. Every question is supported by correct answers and many include detailed explanations. A built-in SAT scoring system completes the high-level training

Platform: iOS
Price: Free


QuotED is a ‘question of the day’ reading and comprehension app that trains your mind to comprehend and analyze, aiding your ability to arrive at the correct answer. Brand new quotations are provided each week day, and varying levels of difficulty make sure the app is tailored to meet your precise needs. Detailed explanations are provided for all questions, and the progressive format strengthens testing proficiency.

Platform: iOS, Android
Price: $4.99


BenchPrep is a ‘gateway app’ that then allows you to purchase test prep applications for your specific learning and test pathway. Academic programs include Algebra, Chemistry, Spanish, Calculus, Biology and Geometry. Once you purchase a test prep course, it’s available on all your mobile devices. Full test prep modules are expensive, so make sure the course are right for you before you commit.

Platform: iOS, Android
Price: Various in-app purchases

SAT Question of the Day

Another ‘question of the day’ app that gives you constant practice and gets your mind in shape for the big day. Questions are available for English, Math, Science and various languages. SAT Question of the Day features real SAT questions and SAT preparation material. Each question is accompanied by the correct answer and a detailed explanation.

Platform: iOS, Android, BlackBerry
Price: Free


SATLadder turns study into a fun competition against other students from across the world, highlighting your specific strengths and weaknesses and giving you a realistic assessment of your preparedness. There are 3 different game formats: Solo, Head-To-Head, and Head-To-Head Ladder Matches. Completed questions earn you ‘Edge Points, which in turn allow you to access the answers and explanations that will help you reach your SAT goals.

Platform: iOS
Price: Free

Tutor.com To Go

Tutor.com To Go is the companion app to Tutor.com, a subscription service which provides students with access to online tutors. With the app, you can connect with a live tutor for one-on-one help in math, science, social studies and English. Essays, assignments and homework problems can be shared and stored in an online ‘locker.’ Additional resources are available through the SkillCenter Resource Library.

Platform: iOS
Price: Free with a subscription to Tutor.com

SAT Prep TestBank 2400!

2400 is a perfect SAT score and SAT Prep TestBank 2400! aims to get you there with a series of Q&A apps for all popular ACT and SAT subjects. The adaptive learning technology makes sure you learn at the right level and pace, and the test-taking advice, tips and strategy lessons make sure you are mentally prepared as well. Although the app is free, all the individual modules are available as in-app purchases.

Platform: iOS
Price: Various in-app purchases

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