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Engage in a Bit of Cengage—How To Sign Up for Cengage Free Trial

Cengage is a multinational educational content and services platform based in the U.S. It provides content for professional, higher education, and library markets. Cengage Unlimited is the company’s subscription service, which allows students to access courses and online learning content.

Does Cengage Have a Free Trial?

Yes, you can sign up for a Cengage free trial to check out what the service has to offer. There are two different trials you can choose from:

  • Cengage Unlimited
  • Cengage Unlimited eTextbooks

Both trials last seven days and can be activated more than once. The one you choose depends on your current educational status and needs.

If you’re taking any of the online courses offered by Cengage, you can try out Cengage Unlimited and Cengage Unlimited eTextbooks. Those who are enrolled in an online homework platform can only sign up for Cengage Unlimited textbooks. It doesn’t offer access to courseware such as WebAssign, SAM, or MindTap.

Take note of the exact date you signed up for a trial, as Cengage will automatically charge you for the paid version once the trial expires.

You can sign up for the free trial multiple times. After 90 days have passed since your last trial, you’ll be eligible to activate it again. Do this as many times as you please, as there’s no limit to the number of trials you can start.

What’s Included in the Cengage Unlimited Free Trial?

When you sign up for a Cengage Unlimited free trial, you will be given access to all eBooks and courseware products that are part of the paid version of the service. These are some of the other key features you can use during the free trial:

  • Study Tools
  • College Success Tips
  • Career Success Tips

Some limitations apply to the trial. You can’t use offline resources, like the free print textbook rentals. Partner Offers are a key part of Cengage Unlimited, but they aren’t available in the free trial version.

Third-party access codes are also unavailable. If you want to use CogLab, you’ll have to enroll in the paid subscription.

What’s Included in the Cengage Unlimited eTextbooks Free Trial?

Like the regular Cengage Unlimited trial, you can use any of the eBooks provided by the service, as well as Study Tools, College Success Tips, and Career Success Tips features.

The eTextbooks trial has the same limitations as the Cengage Unlimited trial, alongside a few more things worth noting.

Once the trial is complete, you lose access to the eBooks you added to your dashboard. If you choose to renew your subscription and switch to a paid version, they won’t be removed.

Does the Cengage Unlimited Free Trial Auto-Renew?

Yes, Cengage will auto-renew your subscription once the trial is over. You’ll be enrolled in a paid version of Cengage Unlimited that will continue to charge you every month until you decide to cancel.

You can opt-out of the auto-renewal at any point during the trial or the paid subscription. Here’s how you do it:

  1. Log in to your Cengage account
  2. Go to your account by clicking on your name
  3. Press My Subscriptions
  4. Uncheck the Auto-charge to the full subscription option

When the trial is complete, you won’t be charged for the full version of the subscription. You can do this at any point before the seven-day trial expires and avoid having to pay.

How To Sign Up for a Cengage Free Trial

Cengage requires that you connect a PayPal account or credit card to activate your free trial. You can start using the service by:

  1. Visiting the Cengage website
  2. Signing in to your account
  3. Clicking Try for Free on the sidebar
  4. Selecting the subscription you want to try out
  5. Entering your payment method and details
  6. Submitting

After completing these steps, you can start using the seven-day trial.

How To Sign Up for Other Cengage Free Trials

After your Cengage Unlimited free trial ends, you can try out its courseware trials. You are eligible to sign up for:

  • OWLv2
  • SAM via LMS Integrations
  • CengageNOWv2
  • MindTap

You can only start your trial after the Cengage Unlimited trial has expired. The functions of the original trial aren’t available, but you can check out the courses. The trial allows you to access one day for every week of the course you choose. The limit is 14 days total.

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How Much Does the Cengage Unlimited Full Version Cost?

If you liked the free trial version of Cengage Unlimited, you might want to switch to a paid subscription. It might be worth the perks, but you have to decide whether or not it’s worth the price. Here are the different plans you can choose from and how much they cost.

The Plans



Cengage Unlimited

$119.99—4 months of subscription

$179.99—1 year of subscription

$239.99—2 years of subscription

  • Full library of 15,000+ eTextbooks
  • Access to course materials such as MindTap, WebAssign, and OpenNow

Cengage Unlimited eTextbooks

$69.99—4 months of subscription

  • Free print textbook rentals
  • Cengage flashcards with eight study modes

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