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Top Apps to Help You Nail the SAT

There's an app for everything under the sun--including test prep. Here's a look at a few of the top apps to help you crush the SAT.

As tablets and smartphones continue to proliferate, it seems there’s an app for pretty much everything you can think of, from the helpful (like Google Goggles, which lets you search the Web using photos you’ve taken with your phone—in addition to being fun to try to say five times fast) to the downright absurd (like Spirit Story Box, which claims to help users communicate with nearby ghosts). Not surprisingly, there are also many apps available to help you get your study on.

On that note, here’s a look at just a few of the many apps that can help you prepare for and conquer the (not so) dreaded SAT.

SAT Vocabulary Flashcards by Magoosh

This super handy (and addictively fun) app from the test prep pros at Magoosh tests you on the 350 most important SAT vocabulary words. It also helps you keep track of your progress by monitoring how many words you've mastered as you go. The app is free and is available for iOS and Android, and there's also an online version.

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English Vocabulary Flashcards by Exambusters

This vocabulary app from Exambusters helps you learn SAT words with “jumble” puzzles, short quizzes, and more than 2,000 flashcards that you can eliminate from the stack once you’ve learned them. The app costs $3.99 and is available on iTunes.

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Adapster SAT Math by Empire Edge, LLC

The Adapster app helps you master more than 1,000 questions for the math section of the SAT and flags your problem areas so you’ll know where to focus your attention. The app purportedly bases itself on your performance, adapts to your abilities, gets to know your strengths and weaknesses, and then prepares a lesson plan designed specifically for you. The app is $9.99 and is available on iTunes.

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IntelliVocab for SAT by Faqden Labs

The IntelliVocab app was built by MIT students and claims to personalize the learning of English vocabulary for the SAT. Words in the app’s practice session are customized based on your level of proficiency. The app is free and is available for iOS and Android.

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The Official SAT Question of the Day by The College Board

Brought to you by The College Board, the folks behind the SAT, this app brings you one real SAT question each day (it is coming from the horse's mouth, after all), making it an incredibly manageable, bite-sized way to study. Each question has optional hints, and the app even explains why the correct answer is correct and the others are wrong. The app is free and is available in iTunes.

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Have you used any of these apps? If so, have they been helpful? What are some of the best test prep apps you’ve found that weren’t mentioned above?

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