SAT / ACT Prep Online Guides and Tips

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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ACT Practice Tests: What They Can and Can't Do

Posted by Laura Staffaroni | Nov 18, 2016 7:00:00 PM

ACT General Info

ACT practice tests are invaluable for any level of ACT preparation, from those just beginning their study to those who have studied for months already. There are limits, however, to what ACT practice tests can do.

Read on to find out what things ACT practice tests are good for and what they just can’t accomplish.

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ACT Subscores vs. SAT Subscores: How to Compare

Posted by Laura Staffaroni | Nov 18, 2016 6:00:00 PM

SAT versus ACT

Both the ACT and SAT subscores provide students with detailed information about their weaknesses and strengths in categories more specific than English, Reading, Math, Science, and Writing (ACT) or Reading, Writing, Math, and Essay-writing (SAT). Understanding the implications of that detailed information, however, can be difficult, due to the sheer number of scores.

In this article, we'll discuss how subscores can be useful to students and whether or not subscores on one test can indicate how a student would do on the other.

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The 5 Best SAT Apps & How to Use Them Effectively

Posted by Justin Berkman | Nov 11, 2016 9:00:00 AM

SAT Strategies

You may use apps to take photos of your food and put dog filters on your face, but did you know you can also use apps to prepare for the SAT? It's true! There are a number of apps that are designed to increase your familiarity with the SAT and get you closer to reaching your goal score.

In this article, I'll let you know how you can use apps in your SAT preparation, and I'll name five of the best free SAT prep apps.

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Good SAT Scores: Ivy League Plus Edition

Posted by Laura Staffaroni | Nov 10, 2016 6:00:00 PM

SAT/ACT Score Target

Setting a target SAT score to aim for is important, but what if you want to shoot for the moon and get an Ivy League-caliber SAT score? Read on to find out what SAT scores Ivy League Plus schools require.

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How to Take Both the SAT and ACT...and Who Should Take Both

Posted by Laura Staffaroni | Nov 10, 2016 5:00:00 PM

SAT versus ACT

The SAT and ACT may both be college entrance exams, but the way they test students on their college readiness is subtly different. Most students will do better on one test than the other, so why would you want to go through the hassle of taking both exams? And is it even feasible to do so? We’ll answer those questions in this article.

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3 Dangers of ACT Practice Tests

Posted by Laura Staffaroni | Nov 10, 2016 3:00:00 PM

ACT General Info

Practice tests are key to good ACT prep, but just taking full-length practice tests isn’t enough to guarantee a good score. In this article, we'll go over the three major pitfalls that many students stumble into when attempting to use ACT practice tests.

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What's a Good SAT Math or Reading/Writing (EBRW) Score?

Posted by Laura Staffaroni | Nov 10, 2016 2:00:00 PM

SAT/ACT Score Target

In this article, we’ll go over how to calculate target SAT Math, Reading, and Writing scores, as well as why you might want to do this.

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How Often Should You Take Complete Official ACT Practice Tests?

Posted by Laura Staffaroni | Nov 10, 2016 1:00:00 PM

ACT General Info

Taking official ACT practice tests under realistic testing conditions is vital to good ACT prep, but after a certain point you can hit a wall and stop getting any benefit out of it. In this article, we’ll discuss the frequency with which you should take ACT practice tests.

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