Why Pay For SAT Prep When You ‘Khan’ Study for Free?

Khan AcademyIf you’re looking for a way to boost your child’s academic success, understanding of coursework or prepare for college entrance exams, consider Khan Academy, a computer-based resource offered through the School District of Palm Beach County.

Khan Academy offers practice exercises, instructional videos, and a personalized learning dashboard that allow students to study at their own pace in and outside of the classroom.

A national study of 250,000 students who used the program for 20 hours showed a 115 point increase between their initial PSAT and their official SAT scores, leaving College Board to say that they “believe that Khan Academy’s Official SAT Practice is a significant factor” even if students used other resources.

The benefits don’t only come to those students taking the SAT. Khan Academy has nearly 2,400 different videos, including math, science and engineering, computing, arts and history, economics and even personal finance and college admission guidance. The online platform can be used anywhere, and is available through the Student Portal. 

Here are five things you need to know about Khan Academy:

How much does it cost to use Khan Academy?

Khan Academy is a non-profit organization, and its tutorials are 100 percent free and contain no advertisements.

What types of subjects does Khan Academy offer?

Khan Academy offers math, science, arts and humanities, and more subjects from kindergarten to college and beyond, including a selection of Advanced Placement options.

Can Khan Academy help students prepare for standardized testing?

The site offers preparation courses for tests like the SAT and MCAT with LSAT preparation to be released.

Can Khan Academy help students with scholarships?

The site includes an entire section dedicated to informing students how to pay for college, with sections addressing grants, scholarships, work study, and more. Khan Academy has also partnered with Breakthrough Prize for the Breakthrough Junior Challenge, the winner of which receives a $250,000 scholarship.

How many people are using Khan Academy?

Khan Academy has more than 57 million registered users, with many more who use the site without registering. Although 70 percent of students are from the United States, the rest are from countries from around the globe.