Peterson’s Online Poll Results: Internet rules in college entrance test prep methods

Lawrenceville, NJ, December 5, 2006-In the age of the Internet, it’s no surprise that students are turning to the Web for their test prep solutions. According to a recent online poll by Peterson’s, a Nelnet company, nearly two-thirds of prospective college and graduate students use online prep in their entrance exam study methods, whether exclusively or in conjunction with another method like printed materials or a classroom course.

“The best online test preparation is tailored to the individual needs of the student-no time is wasted studying what the student already knows or struggling with content that is too difficult. So online test prep is a great option for those interested in getting maximum results for their study time,” says Molly Baab, Peterson’s test prep product manager. “Plus, it’s easy to fit into anyone’s schedule and it’s very cost effective.”

The targeted, time-saving benefits of online test prep could be the reason why nearly three out of four continuing education students use online prep in their study methods. Printed materials are the least favored prep method of continuing education students, only one in ten using them exclusively.

How are you preparing for your upcoming entrance exams?


A little of everything 32.38%

Online prep 28.32%

Classroom course 19.78%

Printed materials 19.52%

Total Respondents: 738

Graduate school-bound

A little of everything 37.60%

Printed materials 26.03%

Online prep 22.32%

Classroom course 14.05%

Total Respondents: 242

Continuing Education

Online prep 50.26%

A little of everything 23.59%

Printed materials 17.44%

Classroom course 8.72%

Total Respondents: 195

Peterson’s, a Nelnet company, regularly surveys students online on important issues related to education and career planning. Poll questions are posted on, a free, customizable online education planner for students. is designed to meet each individual user’s needs with best-of-the-Web search features, comparison tools, and cutting-edge functionality. Additional planning resources include access to personalized calendars and checklists, RSS feeds, podcasts, scholarship searches, and more.

Want to share a great resource? Let us know at