Test preparation

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Test preparation (abbreviated test prep) or exam preparation is an educational course, tutoring service, educational material or a learning tool designed to increase students' performance on standardized tests. Examples of these tests include entrance examinations used for admissions to institutions of higher education, such as college (e.g. the SAT and ACT), business school (the GMAT), law school (the LSAT), medical school (the MCAT), and graduate school (the GRE) and qualifying examinations for admission to gifted education programs.[1]


Major companies offering test preparation services include:

Resource providers[edit]

Most companies and educators that offer test preparation services also offer traditional (hard copy) and technology-based learning tools, such as books and other printed matter, software, websites, hand-held devices, or content for such devices. So do most test makers, publishers of self-help, instructional and educational materials, and makers of hardware and software.

Test makers[edit]

Third parties[edit]


Some test-preparation programs have been proven to help students improve test scores,[2] but others may have little effect.

Test preparation for the SAT is a highly lucrative field.[3]

See also[edit]


  1. ^ Jenny Anderson (February 17, 2013). "Schools Ask: Gifted or Just Well-Prepared?". The New York Times. Retrieved February 28, 2013. 
  2. ^ American Book Company Validation Study
  3. ^ http://www.researchandmarkets.com/reports/682204/2009_worldwide_exam_preparation_and_tutoring