It's time to ditch those pricey SAT prep tools.

By Jessie Van Amburg

Getting students ready for college entrance exams can be a tricky and expensive process. Many parents drop money on SAT prep courses, books, online seminars and other costly options. And with changes coming to the SAT in March 2016, specialized prep for the exam (taken by 1.7 million teens from the class of 2015) may be more important than ever. But with one hour of private tutoring for the SAT running upwards of $125 in larger cities like New York, personalized test practice can seem out of reach for all but the most affluent.

Well, not anymore. Free tools are now available from the College Board and online education site Khan Academy to help students prepare for the new test. They can sign up for a free account at and access practice questions, video lessons, short quizzes on Math and Reading & Writing, and four official full-length SAT practice tests—all available at absolutely no cost. The services are specifically designed to prepare students for the new test, so they'll know exactly what to expect.

The best part of the new prep tools: They can be personalized. Once students take the PSAT/NMSQT exam, they can receive customized practice tools for the SAT. All they have to do is sync their College Board and Khan Academy accounts upon receiving their scores. It's a great way to get specialized tutoring for your teen.

These new, free tools were designed to offer equal opportunity for comprehensive SAT prep. "We wanted to level the playing field for all students," said Aaron Lemon-Strauss, an executive director at the College Board (which administers the SAT). "We want all students to know that world-class test practice is no longer out of their reach."

To sign up your teen, visit

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