SAT / ACT Prep Online Guides and Tips

How to Study for the Summer SAT: 4 Helpful Tips

Posted by Laura Staffaroni | Jun 22, 2017 12:00:00 PM

SAT General Info

Starting August 2017, there will now be an SAT test date at the end of the summer. What are the advantages of taking the SAT in the summer and what’s the best way to prep for the summer SAT?

Read on to find out the summer SAT dates for 2017 and 2018 and what the best way to prep for them are.

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PSAT Scoring: How Does It Work?

Posted by Hannah Muniz | Jun 19, 2017 12:00:00 PM

PSAT Info and Strategies

If you're preparing to take the PSAT, it's important you understand everything there is to know about PSAT scoring. How is the PSAT scored? And how will this information help you get the score you want on test day? On the SAT?

In this article, we go over the PSAT scoring scale and show you how to calculate your PSAT scores using official scoring tables. We also cover Selection Index scores and offer our top four tips on how to utilize PSAT scoring to inform both PSAT and SAT prep!

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What's a Bad SAT Score? Nationally and by College

Posted by Halle Edwards | Jun 15, 2017 3:00:00 PM

SAT General Info

 

Have you taken the SAT recently? Are you wondering if your score is bad? Or do you just want to know the score to beat before you take the SAT for the first time?

In this post, we'll explain what a bad SAT score is, both in terms of the national averages and colleges you might be interested in.

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How to Register for the PSAT: 3 Simple Steps

Posted by Hannah Muniz | Jun 12, 2017 12:00:00 PM

PSAT Info and Strategies

Every autumn, sophomores and juniors have the opportunity to take the PSAT. But how exactly does the PSAT registration process work? Does everyone have the same PSAT sign up date? What does it cost to take the PSAT?

Here, we'll teach you everything you need to know about PSAT registration. We'll start off with a brief overview of how registration works and then go over the three key steps you'll need to take in order to register for the PSAT. We'll then explain how to register for the test if you’re homeschooled or living outside the U.S. before finishing off with our top tips for ensuring a smooth PSAT registration process.

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ACT vs. SAT: 11 Key Differences to Help You Pick the Right Test

Posted by Hannah Muniz | Jun 8, 2017 12:00:00 PM

SAT versus ACT

You’ve probably heard of the ACT and SAT, but how different are these two tests really? In this extensive ACT vs. SAT analysis, we look at the top 11 differences between the ACT and SAT and explain what these differences mean for you. And to conclude, we give you tips on how to decide whether you should take the ACT or SAT.

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PSAT Score Range: Where Do You Rank?

Posted by Hannah Muniz | Jun 5, 2017 12:00:00 PM

PSAT Info and Strategies

Although the PSAT and SAT share many similarities, their score ranges are surprisingly distinct. Unlike the SAT score range, which reaches a maximum of 1600, the PSAT score range only goes up to 1520. But why is this the case? What are the score ranges for each PSAT section? Can you use the PSAT scoring scale to predict your SAT score?

In this article, we’ll introduce the current PSAT scores range and PSAT score distribution. We'll then compare PSAT score ranges with SAT score ranges before concluding our analysis with a list of approximate PSAT score cutoffs for the National Merit Scholarship Program.

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The Complete List of Community Service Scholarships

Posted by Mary Ann Barge | Jun 4, 2017 9:00:00 PM

Financial Aid

Did you know that your extracurricular activities can earn you money for college?

In particular, there are a lot of scholarships available to students who have chosen to spend their free time helping out others in their communities through volunteer work.

Read on for the most complete lists of volunteer scholarships available. We'll even divide the scholarships by type so you can tell easily if you qualify.

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The 4 SAT Sections: What They Test and How to Do Well

Posted by Hannah Muniz | Jun 1, 2017 12:00:00 PM

SAT General Info

Whether you're actively preparing for the SAT or simply want to learn more about the ubiquitous college entrance exam, it’s important you start with the basics: how many sections are on the SAT? What are the names of the SAT sections? And what kinds of skills does each section measure?

In this article, we answer all of your burning questions about the SAT sections. We'll begin by discussing how many sections are on the SAT as well as how these sections differ from one another. Then, we’ll go over the different skills on which you'll be tested, giving you our expert tips for combating each of the SAT test sections with confidence. Finally, we'll take a look at whether certain sections of the SAT are more important than others and what this means for you and your college applications.

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Complete Strategies: Common App Essay Prompts (2017-18)

Posted by Alex Heimbach | Jun 1, 2017 9:00:00 AM

College Essays

If you’re applying to more than one or two colleges, there's a good chance you'll have to use the Common Application, and that means you’ll probably have to write a Common App essay.

In this guide, I’ll cover everything you need to know about the essay. I'll break down every single Common App essay prompt by covering:

  • What is the question asking?
  • What do college admissions officers want to hear from you?
  • What topics can you write about effectively?
  • What should you avoid at all costs?

This will be your complete starting guide for Common App essays. At the end of reading this, you should have a lot of ideas for your own essays and directions to write a really strong personal statement.

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Can You Reschedule Your SAT Date? Should You?

Posted by Christine Sarikas | May 29, 2017 12:00:00 PM

SAT Logistics, SAT General Info

What should you do when you’ve already registered for an SAT test date, but you have a schedule conflict or just aren’t ready to take the SAT yet? Never fear! SAT rescheduling is an option!

If you’re wondering how you can reschedule your SAT, this guide has all the answers you need about SAT change date procedures. We’ll explain what it means to reschedule SAT test dates, how late you can reschedule, how much it will cost, and we’ll walk you through each step of how to change SAT test dates.

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Seven Sisters Colleges: Should You Go to One?

Posted by Laura Staffaroni | May 26, 2017 12:00:00 PM

College Admissions, College Info

If you’re looking at applying to elite liberal arts colleges, you’ve probably come across the Seven Sisters schools. But what schools are Seven Sisters colleges, and what makes them so special?

In this article, we explain what the Seven Sisters schools are, which of them still exist, and which of them are still all-women's colleges. I’ll also use my expertise as an alum of a Seven Sisters school to break down what the benefits are of applying to a Seven Sisters school and five tips for getting admitted.

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SAT Standard Deviation: What Does It Mean for You?

Posted by Laura Staffaroni | May 22, 2017 12:00:00 PM

SAT General Info

If you've ever glanced through any of the year-end College Board data reports, you may have seen information about the SAT standard deviation. Unfortunately, the reports just list the numbers and then move on, without explaining at all what these numbers mean.

So how is info about the SAT mean and standard deviation useful to you? In this article, we’ll explain what the term standard deviation refers to and what it means for you and your SAT score.

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What's a Good SAT Score for 2017?

Posted by Hannah Muniz | May 19, 2017 12:00:00 PM

SAT/ACT Score Target

If you're planning on taking the SAT this year, you may be wondering how high you'll need to aim in order to attain a good (or even a great!) score. What is a good SAT score for 2017? More importantly, what is a good SAT score for you?

In this guide, we look at different ways to define good SAT scores for 2017 and teach you how to set an SAT goal score. In addition, we examine old SAT averages and percentiles to determine whether the definition of a good SAT score has changed over time.

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How to Calculate PSAT Score: 3-Step Score Calculator

Posted by Hannah Muniz | May 15, 2017 12:00:00 PM

PSAT Info and Strategies

If you’re struggling to calculate your PSAT score, then it sounds like you’re in need of a handy PSAT score calculator! In this guide, we offer you step-by-step instructions on how to calculate PSAT scores. To begin, we'll look at how the PSAT is scored and what “equating” means. We'll then go over how to calculate various PSAT scores before finishing with an explanation on how a PSAT score calculator can help you get the PSAT score you want.

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Should You Go to a Public Ivy? 5 Factors to Consider

Posted by Laura Staffaroni | May 11, 2017 12:00:00 PM

College Info

Most people have heard of the illustrious eight private schools that make up the Ivy League. But what about high-quality public universities, or "Public Ivy League" schools? Are there any public schools out there that can match the caliber of top private schools?

Find out what the Public Ivies are and why you should consider applying to them.

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