Test Preparation


Testing & Education Reference Center

(Free for Acton residents -- Subscription paid for by the Library)

Acton Memorial Library’s subscription to Testing and Education Reference Center has free online practice tests, including the ACT, AP, CLEP, PSAT, SAT, and SAT subject tests. Home access is limited to Acton residents, but it is available to everyone from a library computer.


Acton-Boxborough Regional High School


Acton-Boxborough Regional High School, like most high schools, offers help and information about all aspects of college planning and is clearly a first point of contact for advice and help. Their site has links to test prep sites as well as test dates and registration information.


BigFuture, by the College Board


Although published by the College Board, which operates the SAT, AP, PSAT, and CLEP, and sells study guides and online courses, this helpful site encourages people to use free prep methods. There are many helpful articles about testing, especially one called “Admission Test Myths”, a slide show which is a good place to start to understand how college testing works.


College Board SAT


From the College Board, which is the administrator of the SAT and other tests, this official site has many free resources including: sample practice questions; a full length SAT practice test; a question of the day; “Skills Insight”, a tool to help users analyze their abilities; and information on test dates.  Other resources require a fee.


College Board AP



SAT Counselor Resource Center


Find free College Board resources here; this is part of the counselor resource center, but it has quick links to College Board web pages whose intended audience is students, including question of the day, practice test, and math review.


Spark Notes Test Prep


Providing a wealth of free information on SAT, ACT, SAT subject tests, AP subject tests, and GRE, this site is honest and informative, and has a reassuring, informal, humorous style which makes it very approachable.  It gives extensive and detailed information about all of the tests. One especially useful feature are the diagnostic tests which help to pinpoint strengths and weaknesses to guide the student to the areas of the free online study guides which will be most helpful.




The official site of the ACT offers tips, practice questions, descriptions of the test, a question of the day and information on dates and registration. You can download a free preparation booklet including practice tests. An online prep test and the official prep book are offered for purchase.




The focus of this site is scholarship searches, but you can also find helpful, basic, practical and concise information in a collection of articles about how to prepare for and succeed on the PSAT, SAT, ACT, and SAT subject test.




This site about planning for the future gives a clear overview of college entrance exams with useful links.


HiSET Exam


The site for the HiSET Exam. The HiSET is a high school equivalency exam.




This is the site of Educational Testing Service, administrator of the GRE, the graduate school admissions test, where you may find information about the test, free and low cost preparation materials, and test dates, and register for the test.