Showing posts with label SAT Preparation. Show all posts
Showing posts with label SAT Preparation. Show all posts

Wednesday, January 18, 2017

PrepFactory Offers a New Option for Helping Students Prepare for the SAT

The next SAT testing date is a just a few days away. PrepFactory has free tools that can help you help your students review test-taking strategies. PrepFactory provides students with strategy tips before each section of review exercises. The strategy tips are available to students in video and text formats. Then throughout the review exercises students are given a rotating variety of question formats so that they aren't just trying to plow through a string a multiple choice questions. Each set of PrepFactory review exercises includes a mix of multiple choice, sorting, and fill-in-the-blank activities.

The latest update to PrepFactory gives teachers tools to keep track of the progress that their students are making. Teachers can create classrooms within their free PrepFactory accounts. Within their PrepFactory classrooms teachers can see where each of their students are in the progression of review activities. For example, a teacher can log-in to see how many students have completed a strategy session and which students have completed practice question sets.

Another recent update to PrepFactory provides students with a road map to improving their SAT and ACT test-taking skills. Now when students first sign into their accounts they are prompted to complete a short diagnostic exercise. The results of that diagnostic exercise will provide students with a road map of the next steps that they should take to improve their knowledge and test-taking skills.

Disclosure: PrepFactory is an advertiser on FreeTech4Teachers.com

Friday, January 15, 2016

Try PrepFactory for Free SAT & ACT Review

SAT and ACT testing and test prep isn't something that any student or teacher really looks forward to, but it's a something that most in the U.S. have to do at some point. PrepFactory is a free service that helps students prepare for those tests .PrepFactory offers students a series of tutorial videos and written tips to help them prepare for both tests. After completing a tutorial students can test themselves in a series of practice questions. Each question set is timed and and limited to chunks of ten questions at a time. Students can earn badges for completing tutorials or question sets. In the video embedded below I provide an overview of PrepFactory's features.


Disclosure: PrepFactory is an advertiser on FreeTech4Teachers.com

Friday, March 1, 2013

I Need A Pencil - Realistic SAT Prep

I Need A Pencil is a free SAT preparation service provided by the CK-12 Foundation. The service provides students with 60 lessons and more than 800 SAT practice problems in math, writing, and critical reading. The lessons are based on questions that students typically encounter on the SAT. To track their own progress students can mark lessons as complete or as lessons to review again. After completing lessons students can jump to practice questions. Students can work through questions in the random mode or they can choose to only work with questions from one subject. To help students have a sense of how they might score on the SAT, I Need A Pencil tracks the questions that they have answered and projects a score based on practice problem answers.

Take a look at the overview of I Need A Pencil in the Slideshare presentation below.


Friday, February 10, 2012

Vocabulary.com - Extensive Lists of Vocabulary Practice Activities

I've written about a lot of vocabulary development websites in the past (here are seven good ones) so I was kind of surprised when I realized that I have never written about Vocabulary.com. Vocabulary.com offers hundreds of vocabulary practice lists and activities for students in elementary school through graduate school. In all there are more than 40,000 questions available through Vocabulary.com

When you sign up for Vocabulary.com you will be given an assessment quiz in order to give you suggested lists with which to start your practice. After completing the assessment you can use the practice lists suggested by Vocabulary.com or choose your own lists from the huge gallery of practice activities.

Vocabulary.com keeps tracks of your progress for you and, if you care for this sort of thing, gives you a virtual achievement badge.

Applications for Education
The Vocabulary.com activities that I tried reminded me very much of the SAT. The activities were a mix of fill in the blank and analogy activities. Students using Vocabulary.com receive instant feedback on each question that they attempt. Overall, Vocabulary.com could be a good site for students to use in preparation for the SAT.

Friday, July 15, 2011

BLine Test Prep Offers Free SAT Prep

BLine Test Prep is a test preparation service that is now offering a free SAT and GMAT preparation program. Both programs offer full-length practice tests that students take online. After completing a practice test students receive instant feedback on the questions they answered. The feedback comes with animated and narrated explanations of the correct answers. For busy students who don't have time to work through a whole test in one sitting, there is an option to pause and come back to the same place later. Overall, this could be a good service for students to use as they prepare to take the SAT this fall.

Tuesday, May 3, 2011

10 Sites and Apps for SAT Vocabulary Review

Like many of their peers across the country, this Saturday all of the Juniors at my school will be taking the SAT. Although it's kind of late to start prepping for the test, better to do some review this week than not do any at all. The following ten websites and mobile apps are designed to help students review the type of content they're likely to encounter on the SAT.

Vocab Ahead is a great service offering hundreds of videos designed to help students learn SAT and ACT vocabulary words. Each video features a narrator pronouncing the word, reading the definition, and then reading a sentence or two using the vocabulary word. An animated drawing accompanies each sentence to illustrate the meaning of each word and sentence. You can watch the Vocab Ahead videos individually or in a continuous stream. All of the Vocab Ahead videos can be viewed directly on their website or you can embed the Vocab Ahead widget into your own blog or website. Vocab Ahead also gives teachers the ability to create custom playlists of vocabulary videos. The playlists can be shared via email, a posted link on a blog, or by posting a vocabulary video widget on a blog or website.

Bubba Brain is a simple site packed with review games for students preparing for the SAT and AP exams. Bubba Brain also has some games for elementary and middle school subjects. The games all use the same format of giving a definition and asking students to find the word or term that it matches. Once a correct match is made, a new definition appears on the "back" of the answer to the previous definition.

Vocab Sushi is designed to help students prepare for standardized tests such as the SAT, ACT, GRE, LSAT, and more. When you register for an account, Vocab Sushi will ask you which test you are preparing for. Based upon the test for which you're preparing, Vocab Sushi will give you a short (20 question) quiz to evaluate your current skills. Then based on your score, Vocab Sushi will generate a list of words for you to learn.
EduFire is a tutoring service offering live video lessons. EduFire charges for the video lessons, but they do have a good selection of flashcards that students can access for free. There are many decks of flashcards designed for SAT and other standardized test preparation. Students can also access flashcards designed for developing and practicing foreign language comprehension.

Flashcards, either online or physical, still seem to be one of the preferred methods of studying vocabulary words. Flashcard Flash is a handy little search engine designed for one purpose, helping you find sets of flashcards. Flashcard Flash was built using Google Custom Search. Flashcard Flash searches twenty-two different flashcard services including Flashcard DB, Quizlet, and Study Stack all of which I've previously reviewed and found to be excellent services.

Power Vocab is a free iPhone App for learning and studying vocabulary commonly found on the GMAT and GRE. The app uses artificial intelligence based on the research of the MIT Web Semantics Lab and MIT Artificial Intelligence Lab. The artificial intelligence in the Power Vocab app is used to learn about your vocabulary skills and habits to then present you with the word lists and exercises you need to focus on. The app provides you with tools to track your progress as your test date approaches.

Easel is an educational iPad App that provides a canvas for working on Algebra and SAT practice problems. Select a problem type from the menu and you're provided with a blank canvas to write and draw on in the same way that you would use scratch paper. If you get stuck, you can tap the "show me" button to get help. Easel has free and paid versions of an app for SAT prep and an app for Algebra.


Words, Words, Words is a free vocabulary app for Android from Socratica. I have previously checked out some other apps from Socratica that I liked, and this one is no different. I like that the interface is very visually-pleasing and easy to navigate. Words, Words, Words can be used in a flashcard-like manner for familiarizing yourself with the words or in a quiz mode. Words, Words, Words offers audio to help users with pronunciation.

Cobocards, like other flashcard services, allows you to create customized sets of flashcards. One of the key differences between Cobocards and other flashcard services is that Cobocards provides you with pdf copies of your flashcards that you can print to study offline. Of course, you can study also study your flashcards online.

Cramberry allows users to share flashcards with other users. After creating your flashcards you can contribute to a public gallery of flashcards. If you don't have time to make flashcards of your own, you can search for and study flashcards in the public gallery. To use the flashcards you will need to create a Cramberry account. Cramberry offers apps for iPhones and iPads. 

Sunday, January 23, 2011

Easel - Algebra & SAT Tutoring on Your iPad

Easel is an educational iPad App that was recently recognized at TechCrunch's Crunchies Awards. Easel provides a canvas for working on Algebra and SAT practice problems. Select a problem type from the menu and you're provided with a blank canvas to write and draw on in the same way that you would use scratch paper. If you get stuck, you can tap the "show me" button to get help. Easel has free and paid versions of an app for SAT prep and an app for Algebra.

Watch the video below to see Easel in action.

Easel iPad Getting Started from San Kim on Vimeo.

Applications for Education
What I like about Easel is that it is not a simple "drill and kill" math game or test prep application. Easel gives students the option to work through problems on their own before requesting help. If your school is issuing iPads to students, Easel is an application worth considering adding to those machines. 

Thursday, January 6, 2011

Free Advanced Placement eBooks from Kaplan

For a limited time Kaplan is giving away 130 of its ebooks for free to users of iPads, iPhones, iPods, Nooks, and Sony eReaders. Included in the list of titles are books for most Advanced Placement courses including US History, Biology, Statistics, Calculus, and more. In the list of titles you will also find test prep books for the SAT, GRE, PSAT, GMAT, and other standardized tests. The books have to be download using one the the devices listed on the Kaplan Free eBooks page. This offer expires January 10th so don't wait to act.

H/T to Open Culture.

Wednesday, October 13, 2010

5 Resources for Learning SAT Vocabulary

Today, all of the sophomores and juniors in my school are taking the PSAT. That got me thinking about some of the many resources designed to help students learn PSAT and SAT vocabulary that I've come across over the last few years. Here are five resources worth checking out.

Vocab Ahead is a great service offering hundreds of videos designed to help students learn SAT and ACT vocabulary words. Each video features a narrator pronouncing the word, reading the definition, and then reading a sentence or two using the vocabulary word. An animated drawing accompanies each sentence to illustrate the meaning of each word and sentence. You can watch the Vocab Ahead videos individually or in a continuous stream. All of the Vocab Ahead videos can be viewed directly on their website or you can embed the Vocab Ahead widget into your own blog or website.

Vocab Ahead also gives teachers the ability to create custom playlists of vocabulary videos. The playlists can be shared via email, a posted link on a blog, or by posting a vocabulary video widget on a blog or website.

Bubba Brain is a simple site packed with review games for students preparing for the SAT and AP exams. Bubba Brain also has some games for elementary and middle school subjects. The games all use the same format of giving a definition and asking students to find the word or term that it matches. Once a correct match is made, a new definition appears on the "back" of the answer to the previous definition.

Vocab Sushi is designed to help students prepare for standardized tests such as the SAT, ACT, GRE, LSAT, and more. When you register for an account, Vocab Sushi will ask you which test you are preparing for. Based upon the test for which you're preparing, Vocab Sushi will give you a short (20 question) quiz to evaluate your current skills. Then based on your score, Vocab Sushi will generate a list of words for you to learn.

EduFire is a tutoring service offering live video lessons. EduFire charges for the video lessons, but they do have a good selection of flashcards that students can access for free. There are many decks of flashcards designed for SAT and other standardized test preparation. Students can also access flashcards designed for developing and practicing foreign language comprehension.

Flashcards, either online or physical, still seem to be one of the preferred methods of studying vocabulary words. Flashcard Flash is a handy little search engine designed for one purpose, helping you find sets of flashcards. Flashcard Flash was built using Google Custom Search. Flashcard Flash searches twenty-two different flashcard services including Flashcard DB, Quizlet, and Study Stack all of which I've previously reviewed and found to be excellent services.

Wednesday, September 29, 2010

Word Stash - Dictionary and Vocabulary Study Tool

Word Stash is a free service that describes itself as "half vocabulary builder, half dictionary, and full awesome." Word Stash is pretty true to its self-description. At its most basic Word Stash is a dictionary that provides contextual examples to support the definitions offered. For many words, Word Stash provides an audio pronunciation.

The vocabulary builder aspect of Word Stash lies in the fact that users can create accounts in which they create and save lists of words to study. Users can create as many lists as they like and expand existing lists as they go. Word Stash provides short quizzes based on the words a user puts into a list. In creating the study quizzes, Word Stash uses a spaced repetition algorithm to present users with words based upon how often they answer correctly or incorrectly. To create a list of words users simply need to click "stash" anytime they view a word in the Word Stash dictionary. Users can also share lists and study other users' shared lists.

Word Stash offers a Firefox and Internet Explorer word search plugin to enable users to quickly find definitions whenever they're browsing the web.

Word Stash's creator David Lynam told me about his site via Twitter. The English Blog also has a review of Word Stash that you might be interested in reading

Applications for Education
Word Stash could be a good resource for students preparing to take the SAT this fall or next spring. Word Stash offers pre-made lists of SAT words that students can add to their accounts and study for free.

Friday, April 30, 2010

Bubba Brain - Review Games for SAT and AP Exams

Bubba Brain is a simple site packed with review games for students preparing for the SAT and AP exams. Bubba Brain also has some games for elementary and middle school subjects. The games all use the same format of giving a definition and asking students to find the word or term that it matches. Once a correct match is made, a new definition appears on the "back" of the answer to the previous definition.








Applications for Education
Bubba Brain isn't the fanciest game site you'll ever see but it does offer enough review games to keep students using it. It's probably not a site that you'll have students use in class, but it is a site that you might recommend to them to use at home to prepare for a standardized test.

Here are some related items that may be of interest to you:
Word Ahead Vocabulary Videos
WeboWord - Vocabulary Visualized
Vocab Sushi - Fresh, Bitesize Vocabulary Practice

Thursday, April 29, 2010

Vocab Sushi - Fresh, Bitesize Vocabulary Practice

There are a lot of flashcard websites and vocabulary practice websites on the Internet so it takes a lot for me be impressed when I see yet another vocabulary practice website. Vocab Sushi has impressed me with its offerings.

Vocab Sushi is designed to help students prepare for standardized tests such as the SAT, ACT, GRE, LSAT, and more. When you register for an account, Vocab Sushi will ask you which test you are preparing for. Based upon the test for which you're preparing, Vocab Sushi will give you a short (20 question) quiz to evaluate your current skills. Then based on your score, Vocab Sushi will generate a list of words for you to learn.

To help you learn the words in your study list(s) Vocab Sushi uses a combination of audio, visual, and text resources. To help you learn the pronunciations of words, Vocab Sushi offers mp3 recordings of your words being spoken. Vocab Sushi provides sentences and real-life news articles from sources like the Boston Globe and Newsweek that use the words in your list. As you might expect, Vocab Sushi provides games for practicing your vocabulary skills. Vocab Sushi also offers printable learning activities for offline use.

Learn more about Vocab Sushi in the video below.


Thanks to Allen Stern at Center Networks for sharing Vocab Sushi.

Applications for Education
While Vocab Sushi is targetted toward high school and college students, it could certainly be used by some middle school students too. I particularly like that Vocab Sushi serves-up real news articles containing the vocabulary words students are studying. It shows students that people really do use the words they're learning.

Here are some related items that may be of interest to you:
Word Ahead Vocabulary Videos
WeboWord - Vocabulary Visualized
Lexipedia - Webbed Word Connections

Tuesday, January 26, 2010

Vocab Ahead Adds Self-Assessment Quizzes

Vocab Ahead, formerly Word Ahead, announced a new study feature today. Now students can use the Vocab Ahead study rooms to take practice vocabulary quizzes. The quizzes provide instant feedback on each question as well as summary information at the end of the quiz. While taking the quiz if a student is stuck on an item he or she can click on the hint tab.

If you've never tried Vocab Ahead, it's definitely worthy of your time. Vocab Ahead offers video demonstrations of SAT vocabulary words. Teachers can create their own custom video playlists and place them into playlist widgets.

Applications for Education
The new self-assessment quizzes from Vocab Ahead could be helpful for students preparing for SATs. The videos can be helpful to students who learn better when they have a visual reference or clue for remembering information.

Monday, October 19, 2009

WordAhead for Teachers - Vocabulary Video Widgets

WordAhead, a vocabulary video and vocabulary practice website that I reviewed in April, has launched a new service for teachers. WordAhead now gives teachers the ability to create custom playlists of vocabulary videos. The playlists can be shared via email, a posted link on a blog, or by posting a vocabulary video widget on a blog or website. The teacher section of WordAhead also offers advice for having students create their own vocabulary videos.

For those not familiar with WordAhead, WordAhead provides nearly 900 animated and narrated videos explaining difficult vocabulary words from the SAT and ACT.

An example of a WordAhead video is embedded below:

 







Applications for Education
WordAhead's custom playlist widgets provides teachers with a good way to offer students vocabulary review every time they visist their teacher's website.

Here are some related resources that may be of interest to you:
Flashcard Flash
Cramberry Flashcards

Monday, May 25, 2009

Examville - Practice the SAT Online

Examville is an online resource for preparing for standardized tests and for studying specific content areas. Examville features full-length practice tests of the SAT, GRE, GMAT, and LSAT. The tests are timed. Test takers receive their scores as soon as they finish the test.

Examville also gives users the opportunity to create study groups to study online with the help of classmates and teachers. Teachers and students can use the study guides uploaded to the site by others or upload their own study guides for others to use.

Below is a short video introduction to Examville.

Introduction to Examville from Examville on Vimeo.



Applications for Education
Examville is geared toward use by high school and college students preparing for standardized tests. The practice SAT is probably the most valuable resource for high school students using the site.

Here are some related resources that may be of interest to you:
EduFire Flashcards - SAT Prep and More
Word Ahead Vocabulary Videos
PrepHub - Collaborative Test Preparation

Wednesday, April 1, 2009

Word Ahead Vocabulary Videos

Word Ahead is a promising new service offering more than 500 videos designed to help students learn SAT and ACT vocabulary words. Each video features a narrator pronouncing the word, reading the definition, and then reading a sentence or two using the vocabulary word. An animated drawing accompanies each sentence to illustrate the meaning of each word and sentence. You can watch the Word Ahead videos individually or in a continuous stream. All of the Word Ahead videos can be viewed directly on their website or you can embed the Word Ahead widget into your own blog or website.

Applications for Education
Word Ahead could be a great resource for Language Arts teachers. The Word Ahead widget is a great item to embed into your class website or blog. By embedding the Word Ahead widget into your blog, students can get a quick vocabulary review every time they visit your blog.

Here are some related resources that may be of interest to you:
Brainy Flix Vocabulary Video Contest
Flashcard Flash
Cramberry Flashcards

Sunday, March 29, 2009

BrainyFlix Vocab Contest - Voting Starts Tomorrow

BrainyFlix is a contest that asks students to create short videos demonstrating the meaning of SAT vocabulary words. All of the videos have been submitted and posted on the BrainyFlix website. Tomorrow, the voting begins on the BrainyFlix website. If you're looking for an educational online activity for your students, have them watch and vote on the vocabulary videos.

Applications for Education
Students across the country will soon be taking the SAT. Watching some BrainyFlix videos might not be a bad way for students to review vocabulary words.

A couple of related resources that may be on interest to you are:
EduFire SAT Flashcards
PrepHub - Collaborative Test Preparation

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Tuesday, March 24, 2009

EduFire Flashcards - SAT Prep and More

EduFire is a tutoring service offering live video lessons. I didn't give EduFire much of a look in the past because it does charge students for the video lessons. I just took another look at EduFire and noticed that they do have a good selection of flashcards that students can access for free. There are many decks of flashcards designed for SAT and other standardized test preparation. Students can also access flashcards designed for developing and practicing foreign language comprehension.

Applications for Education
The EduFire flashcards, like most online flashcards, provide students with instant feedback by which they can gauge their knowledge of a subject. The SAT prep flashcards are worth sharing with students who are taking the SAT this spring.

Here are some related resources that might be of interest to you:
Flashcard Flash - Search Engine for Flashcards
Flashcard DB
Study Stack
Quizlet

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Friday, January 2, 2009

Two Quick Reminders to Start the New Year

1. The Brainy Flix vocabulary contest started yesterday and runs through February 29. Creating videos for the contest could be a fun way for students to learn vocabulary words. You can read more about the contest here.

2. As Robert Scoble just reminded me, the beginning of the year is a good time to make sure you have backed up all of your important documents and data.

Sunday, December 28, 2008

Prepare for the SAT - Enter the BrainyFlix Contest

Brainy Flix is holding a video creation contest designed to help students prepare for the SAT. This contest, sponsored in part by MIT's Alumni Association, asks students to make short videos that will help students remember the meanings of words from the SAT vocabulary list. The most popular video, chosen by voting that begins on March 1st, wins $600 for your school. To further encourage participation, one free iTunes download for every five videos submitted. The contest begins on January 1, 2009 and runs through February 23, 2009. You can see the full contest rules here. I've embedded a sample video below.



Applications for Education
The Brainy Flix SAT contest could be a fun way to get studentst to prepare for the SAT. If your students are too young to take the SAT, you can still enter the contest. The excercise of creating videos for the contest could be a good way to get students to learn new vocabularly words.