STEM Story: Breaking Book Barriers
Breaking Book Barriers is a nonprofit initiative aimed to broaden access to test
prep materials for high school students. It was formed in response to the extremely high
cost of SAT, ACT, and AP books. One of their main features is an online test prep book
exchange. Users can request SAT, ACT, and AP books listed on the website, and
Breaking Book Barriers will ship the books to them for free. Users can keep the books
for as long as they need, and then re-list them on the website when desired.
Breaking Book Barriers is always looking for donations of used prep books in
order to continue helping students. To donate a book, simply go on to the website and
fill out the “Donate a Book” form.
Apart from the book exchange, Breaking Book Barriers creates blog posts,
videos, and instagram content that serves as another test prep resource for students.
They have a team of high school content creators who have all been through the test
taking process recently, and thus know the best methods for success. These tips range
from planning out test prep to strategies for doing well on particular tests.
In 2020, they hope to start donation bins to gather books for students in
precarious solutions. They believe that education is the most powerful social mobility
tool, and feel that it is important to help as many students succeed as possible.
If you are in need of test prep books, want to get rid of your used books, or want
test advice, check out Breaking Book Barriers’ website and Instagram account!