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The Best Free Resources to Ace Your SAT and ACT

July 12, 2023 by Veritas Essays Team | SAT, Testing, Guide

We all know that studying for the SAT or ACT can be a time-consuming and expensive process.

That's why we’ve put together this guide to the best free SAT/ACT prep resources to help you meet your academic goals.

Before jumping into our top picks, here are a few questions you should ask yourself before you start studying:

Questions to help you orient your approach:

  1. How much time do I have between now and my testing date?
  2. How much time can I reasonably dedicate each day to studying? Is there a day per week that I can give more of my effort?
  3. Is there a particular section that I already know I will need to work harder on?
  4. How much material do I need to cover each day/week in order to make it to a certain point before my exam?
  5. Are there multiple test dates in the future that I can take advantage of? Or is this the last testing date I can sit?

Read on to learn about some great free resources for SAT and ACT prep.

Best Free SAT Prep

1. College Board

The College Board is the most trusted resource for all SAT prep materials since they are the creators and issuers of the SAT test.

The College Board website offers a number of free practice tests in addition to extra practice sections for math.

One of the most helpful ways to get the most out of the time you put in is to target your efforts toward not only the section that you may need most help with, but the particular sub-topics within that section that may be particularly difficult for you.

For example, if math is your lowest scoring section, you may be able to narrow down your knowledge gap to geometry or system of equations questions.

It’s important to keep in mind that during the real SAT/ACT you will have time constraints for each section.

When you are studying it is okay to take some extra time to learn a topic throughout, but remember that you won’t have that same luxury during the actual exam.

2. Khan Academy SAT Prep

Khan Academy’s SAT prep is not only endorsed by College Board, but also allows you to move at your own pace through a fairly comprehensive curriculum of SAT topics.

This will help you to further pinpoint any difficulties you may have in a particular subject and give you additional problems to solve within that subject area.

For example, you can choose to work step-by-step through the math sub-section on geometry and trigonometry, where you will find problems grouped into even more specific sub-sections such as “congruence, similarity, and angle relationships” and “circle theorems.”

Khan Academy is also a great resource for familiarizing yourself with the overall structure of the SAT, such as test-taking strategies and tips for creating your own SAT prep plan.

Khan Academy can also be particularly helpful in understanding what to expect for the SAT when it starts being offered digitally in 2024.


This site offers numerous downloadable SAT practice tests in addition to reading or math specific practice tests.

The math practice tests are particularly helpful as they offer both grid in and multiple choice questions and sections with and without calculator.

The downside to is that there are usually numerous ads running on the site, which can be distracting for some users.

However, once you click on a practice test and scroll down to the questions, the ads should usually disappear.

Best Free ACT Prep


The best place to start your ACT prep journey is of course with the maker and issuer of the ACT.

You can find full length practice tests as well as modules to practice questions divided by test section.

In addition to practice materials, also offers a free test prep guide that includes information about test dates, fee waivers, and the official answers to other preparation questions you may have. also occasionally offers free online test-prep events and workshops that you can sign up for.

2. Varsity Tutors

Varsity tutors is a great resource for ACT diagnostics.

With at least 10 diagnostic tests for each of the subject areas on the ACT, you can work on one section at a time in manageable chunks.

The detailed scoring results for each of the practice tests will also provide you with an understanding of which concepts you struggle with and which ones you are acing.

3. Kaplan

While Kaplan only offers a 1/2 length practice test, this site is particularly helpful if you are short on time but want to fit in a few practice questions each day.

Kaplan offers both an ACT pop quiz as well as a question of the day to keep your momentum going.

4. The Princeton Review

The Princeton review is one of the most popular sources for both practice materials and test-prep courses.

While many of their services are paid, you can certainly kickstart your ACT studying with their 14 day ACT prep free-trial!

3 Tips to Take Your Studying to the Next Level

July 11, 2023 by Veritas Essays Team | Princeton, Studying, Test-prep

One of the questions that I get asked most frequently as a Princeton student when mentoring others through the college application process is:

"How do Princeton students study?"

After all, Princeton’s classes are notoriously difficult, yet somehow students still manage to excel even while balancing a long list of extracurricular activities and outside internships.

In this blog post we will give you the inside scoop on some study strategies that make Princeton students successful, as well as bust some of the most common myths about study habits at the Ivy League level.

Work smarter, not harder

Myth: The students who closely read/study every page of the assigned material will be the most successful.

Study Secret: Learning to quickly skim material and pull out relevant themes is critical.

If it is a liberal arts/discussion-based class, be sure to analyze 1-2 specific points from the material on which you can then write or discuss during class.

Firestone Library Reading Room where most students spend the days leading up to their midterm exams.

As a freshman at Princeton I remember thinking that the study habits that had served me well in high school - rigorous note taking from the textbook, hours spent reading and rereading chapters of the assignment, etc. - would serve me well in college.

It was during my first midterms week that I discovered how wrong I was.

It was approaching midnight and I still had over 100 pages of reading left to complete before my history exam the next day.

I had not been procrastinating and had been diligently reading in the library for what felt like eternity...So how was I still this far behind?

That's when an older teammate of mine let me in on a little secret - most professors at Princeton assign so much reading it's actually impossible to complete it all.

The people that thrive are not the ones who take the most elaborate notes, but rather can quickly skim a breadth of information and catch the main themes, then drill down into one or two areas of detail which they can then elaborate on in discussions.

Time is not just money - it's motivation

Myth: Spending the most time in the library will get you the best results.

Study Secret: Breaking your study time into smaller chunks can help you accomplish more in a shorter amount of time.

The second thing I learned about successful study habits at Princeton was that I could be just as efficient with studying in two hours as I usually could be in four if I was really motivated to be able to go out for the evening afterwards.

Even if you do not have evening plans you are dying to follow through on, you can still utilize the motivational power of time-constraints by breaking your day down into intentional time blocks.

For example, if you know it will take you roughly 6 hours to complete your essay, you can break that down into more manageable 40 minute chunks and map out your day with a mix of studying and fun study breaks.

Many students I know like to use the Pomodoro Technique, which uses 25 minute work stretches followed by a five minute break.

By mapping out your day this way you will nt only be able to set aside enough time to accomplish your goals, but can predict roughly when you will be done, which can often provide a light at the end of the tunnel.

Tailoring your approach

Myth: All studying is the same, and the library is always where it happens.

Study Secret: Different types of study (e.g. deep focus v. memorization) may be better for you for different environments and subjects.

Small World Coffee Shop - a popular study spot for Princeton University seniors working on their thesis writing.

Another study hack I learned at Princeton is the importance of understanding the type of studying you are doing, and focusing your efforts on what works best for that particular category of work.

For example, you may need a quiet environment for deep focus when writing an essay but could easily work with friends when memorizing French vocab.

Understanding the type of environment you need and whether or not you can be around other people for the type of studying you anticipate doing will help you set yourself up for success and avoid wasted time.