Test Preparation Resources

The following organizations, booklets, and Web sites offer test preparation services at a range of costs, including free materials available through your guidance counselor or online as well as low cost booklets and manuals for purchase. See handout "Test Preparation Tuition Assistance Programs & SAT Registration Fee Waivers" for a list of tutoring programs offering limited scholarships and reduced fees.

The College Board, a nationally recognized source of information for college-bound students and their families, offers two free printed resources through high school guidance counselors. Taking the SAT I provides test-taking tips, an actual test, the correct answers, an answer sheet, and scoring instructions. Taking the SAT II describes, for each Subject Test, the format, content, and types of questions and provides sample questions.

The College Board also recently added the "SAT Learning Center" to their extensive Web site (www.collegeboard.org), which includes information on the SAT, statistical data on the test, financial aid services, admission, enrollment information, and more. The "SAT Learning Center" provides a central online location where students can go to learn more about the tests, review questions from real SAT exams, and ask experts who develop the SAT about specific questions. Students can also check test schedules and register to take the SAT through this site.

Kaplan Educational Centers teamed up with Newsweek magazine to develop the Newsweek/Kaplan College Catalog, with comprehensive data on more than 1,100 U.S. colleges and universities. The catalog includes detailed admissions information, indexes that sort by school size, cost, and selectivity, and a helpful reference section based on programs of study. In addition, Kaplan's extensive Web site (www.kaplan.com) offers information on the SAT, test preparation, college search functions, financial aid, and more.

Similarly, The Princeton Review and Time magazine publish the Time/The Princeton Review's The Best College for You, an annual publication with articles on selecting colleges, the SAT, financial aid, college life, and facts and figures on more than 1,500 four-year colleges and universities. The Princeton Review Web site (www.review.com) also offers many of these resources free online.