Do you still need to prepare for the SAT but feel like you just can’t do another math problem or read another SAT word list? Luckily for you, there are plenty of other (free!) ways to build the skills you need to do succeed on the SAT. These SAT prep games can help you sharpen your skills and test your knowledge in a fun and engaging way. Read on to learn about the many free SAT math games and reading/vocabulary games out there!
SAT Math Games
The SAT math has two sections: one which requires a lot of quick calculation and mental math, and one that is full of complex word problems. You will only be allowed to use a calculator on the second one. Logic and quick-thinking math skills are invaluable in the math part of the SAT, and there are plenty of fun ways to build these skills through online SAT math games and apps. Here are some great places to start.
- LogicPuzzles.org: Not surprisingly, this site is all logic puzzles, all the time. You can play for free any time or make a free account and compete with other account holders.
- BrainBashers.com: This site is a treasure trove of both math and word puzzles. Spend some time exploring and challenging yourself.
- MathisFun.com: This site includes math games, puzzles, and lesson to help you review algebra and geometry concepts that might come up on the test. If you need a review of the basics, this is a good place to start.
The sentence completion section of the SAT might have gone the way of the dinosaurs, but chances are good you’ll still find your vocabulary challenged in the reading part of the SAT. While index cards are fine for studying, they’re prone to get mysteriously lost. Luckily, we live in the age of computers! Here are some SAT prep games that make learning vocabulary a lot more fun, accessible, and interactive.
- Freerice.com: If you want to do a good deed while studying, you might want to check out this site. It includes multiple-choice quizzes on a variety of subjects, including vocabulary, grammar, and basic math. As a plus, for every correct answer, 10 grains of rice are donated through the World Food Programme. The site does have an SAT quiz option, but be aware that the questions are based on the old SAT, so they do not represent what you’ll see on the current test.
- SynonymToast: This silly-looking game from Scholastic provides you with a word on a toaster. Your task is to click on synonyms that appear on falling pieces of bread to turn them into toast. While the target audience may not be high school students, the SAT does ask you to identify synonyms for words in the reading passages. So, this is a great, quick way to help practice making those connections!
- Magoosh SAT Flashcards: Okay, we’re a bit biased but we think our free Magoosh SAT flashcards app is a pretty fun way to learn new words and review what you know! The app is available for both iPhone and Android phones, or you can access the flashcard decks directly online.
- Quizlet.com : If you love flashcards, but don’t love carrying them around, Quizlet is for you. This site allows you to use digital cards created by others or make your own list of cards to study vocabulary, grammar, or any other subject. Plus, there’s a free app, so you can take your cards wherever you go. You do have to create a free account to use Quizlet, however.
- College Xpress SAT Word Game: This simple SAT word game does exactly what the name implies—it tests your knowledge of SAT vocabulary with multiple-choice questions. It’s like the SAT, but with more color and a way to reach the top of the leaderboard! Make a free account to keep track of your progress.
Why SAT Prep Games?
As all these resources prove, studying doesn’t have to be a drag. SAT prep games can benefit you by:
- Providing a more fun, interactive way to learn essential SAT skills
- Training your brain to work through problems in different ways
- Giving you a concrete way to measure your progress (through scoring and results)
Taking SAT-style practice tests and being familiar with the types of questions you’ll see are incredibly important for test-day success. But who says you can’t have a little fun along the way? If you know of any other free SAT prep games, tell us in the comments below. Looking for more free SAT prep resources? Check out our post on the 5 best free apps for SAT and ACT prep!
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About Elizabeth Peterson
Elizabeth holds a degree in Psychology from The College of William & Mary. While there, she volunteered as a tutor and discovered she loved the personal connection she formed with her students. She has now been helping students with test prep and schoolwork as a professional tutor for over six years. When not discussing grammar or reading passages, she can be found trying every drink at her local coffee shop while writing creative short stories and making plans for her next travel adventure!
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