SAT / ACT Prep Online Guides and Tips

What Subjects Are on the SAT?

Posted by Christine Sarikas | Jan 15, 2017 9:00:00 AM

SAT General Info

Are you taking the SAT soon or beginning your preparations but aren’t sure what’s on the test? You may know that there’s math, some reading, and maybe an essay you need to write, but what subjects are on the SAT, exactly?

In this guide, we’ll break down the subjects you need to know to do well on each section of the SAT as well as explain what SAT Subject Tests are, how they're different from the regular SAT, and who needs to take them. We'll end with tips you should follow when studying for the SAT.

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How to Write an ACT Essay: Step-by-Step Example

Posted by Laura Staffaroni | Jan 14, 2017 3:30:00 PM

ACT Strategies, ACT Writing

Sometimes writing—especially writing for standardized tests—can feel like something you "get" or "don't get." That's primarily because it's very difficult to explain and teach writing in a mechanical way, especially when you're up against time limits.

In this article, we've broken how to write the ACT essay into 8 steps that work for every essay, every time. Then, we show you exactly how to do it with an actual ACT essay example.

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How to Get a Perfect 12 on the ACT Writing Essay

Posted by Laura Staffaroni | Jan 13, 2017 4:00:00 PM

ACT Strategies, ACT Writing

There is no part of the ACT more mysterious to students than the essay, and very few people seem to know what exactly the ACT is looking for in a "perfect" essay (particularly since September 2015 was the new ACT Writing test's debut). Luckily, we've got the expertise to give you some insight into how the essay works and what you can do to push your score those extra few points up the scale.

Whether you're trying to impress your dream school or just want to boost your ACT score, the essay is a great thing to work on. Some of the tips below stand alone, while others are part of larger categories that have been assembled based our ACT expertise.

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ACT Writing Tips: 15 Strategies to Raise Your Essay Score

Posted by Laura Staffaroni | Jan 13, 2017 11:00:00 AM

ACT Strategies, ACT Writing

Whether you've never thought about ACT Writing strategies or have worked hard on the ACT essay, you can benefit from knowing more: about the essay itself, and what really matters when the graders are reading your essay. In this article, we offer a number of ACT Writing tips as well as a foolproof template for putting them into practice.

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How to Prepare for the SAT: 10-Step Guide

Posted by Ellen McCammon | Jan 7, 2017 9:00:00 AM

SAT Strategies

You know you need to take the SAT. Maybe you’ve even registered. But what now? How do you prepare?

If you’re not sure where to begin or how to prepare for the SAT, this is the guide for you. First we’ll go over what you’ll need to do to prepare for the test. Then, we’ll discuss some methods you might use for preparing for the SAT. We’ll wrap up with some resources that you might find helpful. 

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ACT Photo Requirements: How to Pick the Right Picture

Posted by Justin Berkman | Jan 7, 2017 8:00:00 AM

ACT Logistics

 

If you're planning to take the ACT, you need to have a picture of yourself on your admission ticket. Do you know the ACT photo requirements? Did you know that if your picture doesn't meet the requirements, you may not be allowed to take the ACT on test day?

In this article, I'll thoroughly explain how to make sure that you use an appropriate ACT picture. Also, I'll let you know how to upload your photo, and finally, I'll give you some important tips to remember to prevent any unanticipated problems on test day.

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How to Study for SAT Subject Tests: 5 Expert Tips

Posted by Christine Sarikas | Dec 17, 2016 9:00:00 AM

SAT Subject Tests

Are you taking an SAT Subject Test soon and want to know how to be well-prepared on exam day? You've come to the right place! In this guide, I explain everything you need to know about how to study for SAT subject tests, including which exam (or exams) you should take, the five most important steps for preparing for a Subject Test, and additional tips to help you maximize your score.

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ACT Syllabus: What’s on the Exam and How to Prep

Posted by Christine Sarikas | Dec 17, 2016 8:00:00 AM

ACT General Info

Are you preparing for the ACT but aren’t sure which topics the exam covers? We’re here to help! This guide will give you an in-depth look at the ACT syllabus and explain exactly what you can expect to see on the test. 

For each of the five ACT sections, I’ll explain the format of the section, the types of questions you’ll see, and the skills that section tests. Afterward, I’ll also go over the top three tips you need to know when studying for the ACT to help you achieve your highest score.

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What Is the Average SAT Score?

Posted by Allen Cheng | Dec 4, 2016 1:00:00 PM

SAT General Info

You're probably curious about how you stack up against average SAT scores. But how many types of averages are there, and which averages are important for you? How about SAT score averages by gender and by ethnicity?

We'll discuss official results for all these questions and tell you which SAT average actually matters for your future.

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How to Prepare for the ACT: Ultimate 10-Step Guide

Posted by Ellen McCammon | Dec 3, 2016 9:00:00 AM

ACT Strategies

So you need to take the ACT, but you don’t anything about it. What now? How do you go about preparing for the test?

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SAT Syllabus: What’s on the Exam and How to Prep

Posted by Christine Sarikas | Dec 3, 2016 8:00:00 AM

SAT General Info

Are you taking the SAT soon but aren’t sure what to expect? Not to worry! This guide will give you an in-depth look at the SAT syllabus and what to expect on the exam.

For each section of the SAT, I’ll explain the format of the section, the types of questions you’ll see, and the skills it tests. At the end of this guide, I'll also go over the top tips you need to know when preparing for the SAT to help you achieve your highest score.

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How to Format A College Essay: 15 Expert Tips

Posted by Ellen McCammon | Dec 2, 2016 7:00:00 PM

College Essays

When you’re applying to college, even small decisions can feel high-stakes. This is especially true for the college essay, which often feels like the most personal part of the application. You may agonize over your college application essay format: the font, the margins, even the file format. Or maybe you’re agonizing over how to organize your thoughts overall. Should you use a narrative structure? Five paragraphs?

In this comprehensive guide, we’ll go over the ins and outs of how to format a college essay on both the micro and macro levels. We’ll discuss minor formatting issues like headings and fonts, then discuss broad formatting concerns like whether or not to use a five-paragraph essay, and if you should use a college essay template.

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PSAT Test Dates 2017

Posted by Rebecca Safier | Dec 2, 2016 6:00:00 PM

PSAT Info and Strategies

Attention, 2017 juniors! Do you know when you’ll be taking the PSAT? Do you know the best way to prepare for the test?

This guide is for anyone planning to take the PSAT in the fall of 2017. We have the predicted PSAT test dates, along with some key study tips. To start, let’s discuss what you need to know about how your school will administer the PSAT.

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The 13 Best College Essay Tips to Craft a Stellar Application

Posted by Ellen McCammon | Nov 19, 2016 8:00:00 AM

College Essays

In many ways, the most labor-intensive part of your college application process is the essay. It’s not just about forwarding transcripts or entering a list of extracurricular activities—you have to craft something personal and compelling to show the admissions committee who you are beyond your resume.

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New SAT Scoring Advantage

Posted by Laura Staffaroni | Nov 18, 2016 8:00:00 PM

SAT General Info

While the new SAT is out of 1600 and the old SAT is out of 2400, the two aren't directly proportional; you can't just multiply your old SAT score by 2/3 and expect the result to be how you'd do on the new SAT.

The only way to know for sure how you'd do on the new test (besides taking the new SAT exam) is to use the College Board's data to convert your score from old to new SAT. To find out if you’d score higher on the new SAT and why that might be the case, read on!

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