25 iPad Apps Changing College Prep


Guest Post by Tim Handorf

Preparing to go to college can be an
arduous task. From filling out countless applications to choosing a school to
making sure you do well on exams — it can all be pretty stressful. While
there’s no one method to fully eliminate the trials and tribulations that come
along with getting into the best
, there are some ways that new
technology can help make the process a little more streamlined, organized, and

If you’ve got an iPad, or access to
one, try out a few of these great applications perfect for college prep. They
can help make things like figuring out financial aid, choosing a school, or
improving your SAT scores a little bit easier, freeing up more time to spend
enjoying your final years of high school.

College Search

Find a college that meets your needs
with these iPad-based college guides.

  1. The Fiske Interactive College Guide: Students
    and their parents can now access one of the best-selling college guides
    right through their iPads. With over 300 schools and a wealth of
    interactive features, choosing a school has never been so much fun.
  2. Peterson’s College Guide:
    Input your personal preferences for a college, shake, and get matched with
    colleges across the U.S. that meet your needs and desires. Of course,
    students can simple browse through the more than 4,000 schools listed by
    the application as well.
  3. College Search Guide: Use
    this application to search for colleges in a geographic area, learn more
    about schools, find out what majors they offer, and what is required for
  4. College Search App: Still
    can’t figure out which college would be a good match for you? Use this
    application to search through over 3,000 different options nationwide.
  5. College Score Matcher: Were
    your SAT results not what you expected? Not to worry, this application
    makes it simple to find a college where your test scores will be high
    enough to get you in.
  6. World University Rankings: If
    you don’t want to just look at colleges in the United States (or even if
    you do), check out this app to get information about some of the most
    amazing schools in the world.
  7. College Plan:
    When choosing a college,
    emotion often rules over logic. While connecting with a school is
    important, this application will help you to make a more objective
  8. NextStepU Magazine: Getting
    digital magazines on your iPad can be a lot of fun, and this college prep
    periodical is no exception. It’s also free! Download it to learn more
    about the issues most important to new or prospective college students.
  9. iStudiez Pro:
    Staying organized with so much
    going on can be tough for high school students, but iStudiez can make it a
    little easier. Users will be able to keep track of test days, admissions
    applications, homework, extracurriculars, and anything else they’d like.

Test Prep

One of the biggest and most daunting
aspects of college prep is taking the ACT or SAT. Your iPad can be a valuable
tool, however, letting you take your studies with you no matter where you go.

  1. ACT Prep 36:
    With this application, students
    preparing for their ACT can bring practice questions in math and English
    with them without lugging around a heavy book. Even better, the app offers
    stats about your performance so you’ll know where to concentrate on
  2. SAT Flashcard Review: There
    are a lot of words in the English language, and there’s no telling which
    might end up on your SAT. This flashcard app gives you an amazing
    assortment of words to practice, with tools to let you focus on your
    problem words.
  3. High School Writing: Good
    writing is a skill that many a college bemoans that high school students
    just don’t have. This application will help you improve both for
    test-taking and your admissions essay.
  4. BenchPrep: BrenchPrep,
    formerly Watermelon Express, gives students access to dozens of different
    kinds of test prep materials – including study guides for AP exams, the
    SAT, and the ACT.
  5. Easel: Designed
    with the iPad in mind, Easel is a relatively new addition to the online
    learning market. Through the application, students can study for their
    SAT, with helpful tests, space to write out solutions, and help from
    online teachers ready to answer troublesome questions.
    To Go
    : Whether you need help with your high school classes or
    preparing for a big test, this tutoring service could be just what you
    need. Students simply sign in, choose a subject, and work online with a
    tutor. It’s really that simple.
  7. Prep Munch Complete SAT: A
    great addition to any SAT prep regimen, this application offers helpful
    videos, hand graded essays, practice questions and answers, and a whole
    lot more.
  8. ACT Practice for Dummies: You
    don’t have to be a dummy to benefit from using this application. Its
    features help with studying for any part of the ACT as well as some useful
    test day tips.
  9. ACT Vocabulary:
    If you’re having a tough time
    mastering the vocab you need to breeze through the ACT, then give this
    application from McGraw-Hill a try.
  10. 500 AP U.S. History Questions: Worried
    you might not get college credit for your AP history course? Then pick up
    this application that offers up 500 questions to help you study.
  11. Kaplan SAT Flashcubes: Like
    a flashcard, but better, these flashcubes let you create your own study
    lists and quizzes.
  12. iScroll: With iScroll, students can bring just about any book
    or audio recording to their iPad. Check out the application for study
    guides that will meet all kinds of test preparation needs.
  13. FutureU: Who
    says studying for the SAT has to be a drag? This innovative new
    application for the iPad or iPhone turns your studies into a game you’ll
    actually want to play.

Financial Aid

With tuition through the roof these
days, paying for college is harder than ever. These applications can help you
get started with finding financial aid that can make your college dream a

  1. i-FinAid: Using i-FinAid, students can figure out their Expected
    Family Contribution, offer insights into financial aid basics, and let you
    know if you’re eligible for a Pell Grant.
  2. YOUniversal:
    While only really useful to
    students in Arkansas, we’ve included this app because it’s a model of what
    other states may soon be doing to share financial aid opportunities with
  3. StuFund Financial Aid Manager: Learn
    the basics of how financial aid works and how much you may be expected to
    pay out-of-pocket for school using this handy application.



Tim Handorf

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