College Board, Khan App Helps Students Prepare for New SAT

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This year the College Board and Khan Academy teamed up to offer free online SAT preparation resources, and now a free mobile app named ‘Daily Practice for the New SAT’ has rolled out to help students prepare for the test. The app was developed by the College Board for students that do not have Internet access at home or cannot afford SAT preparation courses and textbooks.

The app comes as students begin to prepare for the new SAT in March of 2016. The app, which is currently available only for iOS, encourages students to answer one question per day and get instant feedback on their responses. The app offers hints for when students are stuck with a reading, writing, language or math question and it provides answer explanations to help students learn from their wrong answers.

About 64% of Americans own a smartphone with 10% of them being young, low-income adults and minority individuals who have Internet access exclusively through their smartphones. College Board seeks to reach this demographic:

“By creating this app that is completely free, students no longer need fancy computers, only their smart phones. They can receive personalized instruction instantly,” Aaron Lemon-Strauss, Executive Director of SAT & PSAT/NMSQT Assess Programs at College Board commented.

Apart from a daily SAT question, the app also lets students practice their skills with timed on-paper SAT tests. Students can complete their SAT practice test, scan their answer sheet and send the picture to the app to have the test scored. The app, in a matter of seconds, presents the test score and tips on which answers the student answered right and wrong along with explanations to guide them through their SAT practice.

The Daily Practice is meant to be a cost-efficient alternative to exam preparation that is accessible to more families.

Students can connect to the Official SAT practice available at Khan Academy for personalized SAT prep study. Khan Academy in partnership with the College Board offers free personalized practice recommendations and the opportunity to practice for the new SATs anywhere and at anytime. The SAT Practice by Khan features four full-length practice tests, dozens of study tips and eight short quizzes for identifying test areas that students need to work on.

The Daily Practice app also offers personalized progress tracking and comparisons, along with providing access to SAT registration deadlines and test dates.