Apps to prepare for college - $4.99 and under

Juniors and seniors are either thinking of where to apply to college, taking an ACT or SAT, writing an essay or comparing their choices. So many decisions, so many costs! Here are a list of apps to assist, all under $6.00 (with two exceptions). Apps are for either the iPhone or iPad.

Essay Apps
Essay Writing Guide (opens in new tab) $1.99 holiday sale- By arranging the elements of writing graphically around three wheels (Content, Style, and Organization), teachers and students are better able to visualize how the elements of writing develop style, coherence, and meaning.

SAT and ACT PREP
Complete SAT (opens in new tab) Free for iPhone or iPad. For complete course $24.99. Free app includes mini diagnostic test and topic videos.

SAT Math Pro Test (opens in new tab) $1.99 - 80% discount. This app covers 50 topics including detailed videos. 100s of original SAT math practice problems, nine SAT math tests and detailed reports.

Flash of Genius SAT Vocab (opens in new tab) Free. Use with iPod, iPhone or Ipad Written by Harvard and MIT Professors, this app adjusts the order of the flashcards to suit each user. It also inserts mini-lessons, so users learn the word roots, the connections between the words, as well as the words themselves.

SAT-ACT vocabulary builder (opens in new tab) $4.99 Phone, iPod touch, and iPad. 500 of the most commonly tested vocabulary words on the SAT® and ACT® exams. 1000 illustrative sentences, spaced repetition feature, automatic statistics, search features, quiz mode and more.

College Guides
College Search Guide Handbook
(opens in new tab) $2.99 Includes over 3000. Information about each college includes:

  • Degrees Offered
  • Campus Setting (rural, suburb, large city, etc)
  • Campus Housing Availability Information
  • Student population with charts on diversity
  • Religious Affiliation
  • Credit Accepted
  • Estimated Student Expenses for three years
  • Financial Aid Information
  • Enrollment Information
  • Freshman Retention Rate
  • Programs and Majors (students in each major)
  • Varsity Athletic Teams
  • Accreditation
  • Campus Security Information for three years
  • Federal Loan Default Rates
  • User Reviews

Peterson's College Guide (opens in new tab) Free. Includes over 60 official data points on over 4,000 two- and four-year colleges in the United States. Search for the perfect college by any combination of state, size, tuition, sports majors offered or selectivity.

Budget and Financial Aid
Ace Budget (opens in new tab) $.99 For iPod, iPhone and iPad. A personal finance app. Users create daily, weekly, monthly, semimonthly, quarterly, and yearly budgets and schedule recurring transactions, set reminders, view graphs, compare historical data, and more.

College Fafsa Finder (opens in new tab) Free. Provides the most essential information for US college applicants around the world:

  • Freshmen class academic profiles and estimated cost of attendance
  • College contact information, including admission office information and website link
  • Each college’s FAFSA code (public institution) or CSS code (private institution)
  • Three ways to search colleges: by name, by FAFSA code or by CSS code.

College Tools
College Survival Kit (opens in new tab) $1.99- Programs in the app help ease the stress of applying to schools. Users touch the control panel, choose the "Brain Wave" desired to improve their mental state. Also included are a personal alarm and memo pad.

iStudiez-Pro (opens in new tab) - $2.99 I have recommended this app before as a back-to-school app. Helps users organize their schedule, follow up with homework, and summarize what has to be done.

Complete Class Organizer (opens in new tab) $4.99 Take notes while recording lectures and the audio syncs to the text. Manage homework and exam dates, store and calculate grades, and organize info for every class.

Two Apps above $10.00
Fiske Interactive College (opens in new tab) $19.99 Students organize their college tour with built-in map function. Other features include:

  • Locate critical school deadlines (such as application dates)
  • Email admissions departments directly from the app
  • Browse each college website
  • Explore schools that compete with one another (“overlap schools”)
  • Lists to narrow down your search
  • Flag schools you’ll want to look at again
  • Make lists of “Safety Schools,” “Probable Schools,” and “Reach Schools”

High School Writing plus College (opens in new tab) Prep $17.99 College Prep writing app. Includes a Live Help Desk to answer questions, lessons on writing many types of essays, brainstorming, dual-web browser view and more.

Vicki Windman is a special education teacher at Clarkstown High School South.