(Moneywatch) Studying for thecan be extremely expensive.
Some private tutors charge $150 or more an hour and it is not uncommon to pay at least $1,000 for anprep course.
The good news is that you don't have to spend a fortune for test prep. Here are five free or nearly free resources that teenagers can use to boost their scores.
The test maker's website is the only place where a student can practice by taking an official, full-length SAT test and get his/her scores right away. Students can also sign up for daily SAT questions. I recommend that students buy the College Board's Official SAT Study Guide, 2nd Edition, which is only $12.08 on Amazon.
If your child wants to improve his math SAT scores, head to PWN the SAT. Concerned about how pricey test prep has become, Mark McClenathan, a math tutor in New York, launched this extremely helpful site last year. You may also want to check out McClenathan's book, PWN the SAT: Math Guide, which has received rave reviews on Amazon.
Believe it or not, this test-prep site was created by a mom of two teenagers who took the SAT at every available testing date (seven times) for an entire year. The mom (or should I call her a masochist?) has loads of SAT tips on her site.
This great site belongs to Erik Jacobsen, a math/physics tutor and PhD in Summit, N.J., whose specialties include preparing students for the math section of the SAT and ACT. You'll find a tremendous amount of free materials to download for the SAT test including quizzes, formulas and strategies.
Erica Meltzer, who is a test-prep tutor from New York, provides a great deal of information on her website that's aimed at helping student improve on the reading and writing sections of the SAT. She offers free study guides on her site and if you want more advice, check out her book, The Ultimate Guide to SAT Grammar.