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Allen Cheng

As co-founder and head of product design at PrepScholar, Allen has guided thousands of students to success in SAT/ACT prep and college admissions. He's committed to providing the highest quality resources to help you succeed. Allen graduated from Harvard University summa cum laude and earned two perfect scores on the SAT (1600 in 2004, and 2400 in 2014) and a perfect score on the ACT.
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What Is the Average SAT Score?

Posted by Allen Cheng | Mar 30, 2017 1:00:00 PM

SAT General Info

You're probably curious about how you stack up against average SAT scores. But what is an average SAT score? There are lots of different ways to look at average SAT scores. How many types of averages are there, and which averages are important for you?

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

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When Should You Take the SAT or ACT? Best Test Dates

Posted by Allen Cheng | Mar 27, 2017 4:00:00 PM

SAT Logistics, ACT Logistics

The college admissions process is a long one, encompassing most of a student's high school career. One of the most important parts, the SAT or ACT standardized test, is also one of the most challenging, and you can really benefit from early planning and deciding when during high school you should take it.

It's always a good idea to begin early, but to decide on specific test dates, you'll need to factor in circumstances like personal schedule, your admissions deadlines, and your subjects in school. All of these make a big difference in when it’s best for you to take the SAT or ACT.

In this guide, we'll debunk a common myth about the best time to take the test, discuss the most important factors for determining when you should take the SAT or ACT, and present the best testing plan for most high school students.

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When Do ACT Scores Come Out? ACT Score Release Schedule

Posted by Allen Cheng | Mar 17, 2017 6:00:00 PM

ACT Logistics

You've taken the ACT, and now you're waiting for your scores. This can be a tense time, but knowing when exactly to expect your ACT results can help you plan ahead.

So when do ACT scores come out, exactly? In this article, find out when your test scores will become available, how to get your ACT results as fast as possible, and what to do once you have them.

 

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When Do SAT Scores Come Out? SAT Score Release Schedule

Posted by Allen Cheng | Mar 15, 2017 12:00:00 PM

SAT Logistics

The SAT score release dates are always tense for students. Did you get the score that you were aiming for? Do you have to take the SAT again? Checking scores immediately when they come out gives you the most time to plan ahead.

In this article, find out when you'll receive your SAT score report depending on your test date. Also learn the fastest way to check your SAT score.

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Average SAT Scores by State (Most Recent)

Posted by Allen Cheng | Jan 21, 2017 2:00:00 PM

SAT General Info

Over a million students across the country take the SAT every year. Are you curious what the SAT scores by state look like? How do you stack up against your state? How about interesting state facts, like which state has the highest SAT score? Lowest SAT score? Highest participation? 

It's the battle of the states, SAT edition. Find out your state's average SAT scores and other fun facts in this post!

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New SAT Conversion Chart: Old 2400 to New 1600 (Official)

Posted by Allen Cheng | May 13, 2016 3:09:00 PM

SAT General Info

Starting in March 2016, the new SAT is scored on a 1600-point scale rather than a 2400-point scale.

But how do you compare your new SAT score to the old SAT 2400 scale? What scores are colleges looking for, since they don't have much data on the new SAT?

Our official new SAT to old SAT conversion charts here have the most updated score conversions available. If you need to convert your new SAT to the old SAT, or your old SAT to the new SAT, use our handy conversion tool to get your score automatically.

And after you find your SAT conversion, keep reading - I'll tell you why it's easier to get a higher SAT score than before due to the New SAT Scoring Advantage (the New SAT score is higher in certain score regions!)

And after you find your SAT conversion, keep reading - I'll tell you why it's easier to get a higher SAT score than before due to the New SAT Scoring Advantage (the New SAT score is higher in certain score regions!)

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How to Improve ACT Science Scores: 6 Tips from a Perfect Scorer

Posted by Allen Cheng | Apr 11, 2016 9:00:00 AM

ACT Strategies, ACT Science

Are you struggling with ACT Science scores between 14-24? You're not alone - hundreds of thousands of other students are scoring in this range. But many don't know the best ways to break out of this score range and get 26+ on the ACT.

Here we'll discuss how to improve your ACT Science score effectively, and why it's so important to do so. Put these principles to work and I'm confident you'll be able to improve your score.

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How to Improve Low ACT Math Scores: 9 Tips From a Perfect Scorer

Posted by Allen Cheng | Mar 16, 2016 9:00:00 AM

ACT Math

Are you struggling with ACT Math scores between 14-24? You're not alone - hundreds of thousands of other students are scoring in this range. But many don't know the best ways to break out of this score range and get 26+ on the ACT.

Here we'll discuss how to improve ACT Math score effectively, and why it's so important to do so. Put these principles to work and I'm confident you'll be able to improve your score.

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How to Improve Your ACT English Score: 9 Tips From a Perfect Scorer

Posted by Allen Cheng | Mar 15, 2016 9:00:00 AM

ACT English

Are you struggling with ACT English scores between 14-24? You're not alone - hundreds of thousands of other students are scoring in this range. But many don't know the best ways to break out of this score range and get 26+ on the ACT.

Here we'll discuss how to improve ACT English score effectively, and why it's so important to do so. Put these principles to work and I'm confident you'll be able to improve your score.

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How to Get a Perfect 1600 SAT Score, by a 2400 Expert Full Scorer

Posted by Allen Cheng | Mar 12, 2016 5:10:00 PM

SAT Strategies

Updated for the New 2016 SAT!

The maximum score on the SAT is a 1600. Out of the 1.7 million students who take the test every year, only about 300 get the highest possible SAT score. This elusive perfect score catapults you to the top of high school academic achievement and can be a big boost to your college applications.

I scored perfect scores on the SAT. I actually scored two perfect scores - a 1600 in 2004 when I was in high school, and a 2400 in March 2014 when I took it 10 years later.

Most of the advice out there about how to get a perfect score come from people who didn't get perfect scores. In this exclusive article, I'll be breaking down exactly what it takes, and the ruthless techniques I used to get a perfect score.

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How to Improve Your ACT Reading Score: 8 Expert Tips

Posted by Allen Cheng | Feb 25, 2016 9:00:00 AM

ACT Strategies, ACT Reading

Are you struggling with ACT Reading scores between 14-24? You're not alone - hundreds of thousands of students are scoring in this range. But many don't know the best ways to break out of this score range and score a 26 or above.

Here we'll discuss how to improve your ACT Reading score effectively, and why it's so important to do so. Unlike other fluffy articles out there, I'm focusing on actionable strategies that will raise your score. Put these 8 strategies to work and I'm confident you'll be able to improve your score.

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Best ACT Prep Books 2017

Posted by Allen Cheng | Feb 24, 2016 2:30:00 PM

ACT General Info, ACT Strategies

There are numerous “Best ACT Books” lists out there. We think most of them aren’t very good or thorough, and I’ve tried to write a much better guide here.  You’ll learn which books are absolutely critical for your ACT prep, which books are focused on improving individual sections, and which books you need if you’re aiming for a top score. Importantly, you’ll also learn HOW to use these books to study effectively.

Keep reading to learn how to use ACT books to raise your score.

 

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Khan Academy SAT Will Never Be Enough - Here's Why

Posted by Allen Cheng | Feb 24, 2016 9:00:00 AM

SAT Strategies, SAT General Info, New SAT

With the new 2016 SAT, Khan Academy has partnered with the College Board to create a free SAT prep program.

All things considered, Khan Academy's SAT prep program is high quality. It's a great introduction to the test and elevates the bar of free SAT materials. Students unable to afford books or prep programs have a useful resource to train for the test.

But it's not complete.

There's still a lot missing from the Khan Academy SAT program that can prevent you from getting the highest score possible.

In this review, you'll understand what exactly is wrong with the Khan SAT program – and why the partnership with the College Board means these problems will never be fixed. If you plan to use the Khan Academy SAT program, this will show you what you're missing.

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PrepScholar is Hiring! Share With Anyone You Know

Posted by Allen Cheng | Feb 1, 2016 3:02:28 PM

PrepScholar is growing, and we're hiring! If you've enjoyed our resources, you can help us create even better content and tools by helping us hire the best people possible.

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Best SAT Prep Books 2017 (Updated for New SAT)

Posted by Allen Cheng | Jan 30, 2016 11:30:00 PM

SAT Strategies, SAT General Info

There are a lot of “Best SAT Books” lists out there. We think most of them aren’t very good or thorough, and I’ve tried to write a much better guide here.  You’ll learn which books are absolutely critical for your prep, which books you should use to improve individual sections, and which books you need if you’re aiming for a top score. Importantly, you’ll also learn HOW to use these books to study effectively.

Keep reading to learn more.

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