Consumer Reports WebWatch, a reporting service from the nonprofit publisher of Consumer Reports that investigates the credibility of online services, has reviewed 10 web sites that purport to help students prepare for the Scholastic Aptitude Test (SAT), a key qualifier for admission to top colleges. The group's evaluation suggests that a free site's services are as effective as others costing upwards of $400--and testers also found the offerings of many major brands marred by grammatical errors, technical glitches, and aggressive advertising tactics.

WebWatch and the Mediatech Foundation, a nonprofit organization based in Flemington, N.J.,

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