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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 | 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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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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When Do SAT Scores Come Out? SAT Score Release Schedule

Posted by Allen Cheng | May 10, 2016 12:07:07 PM

SAT Logistics

The dates when SAT scores come out 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 find the fastest way to check your SAT score.

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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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The Best Way to Study SAT Vocab Words

Posted by Allen Cheng | Jan 30, 2016 3:30:00 PM

SAT Strategies, SAT Reading

Studying SAT vocab is a confusing topic for most students. It's unclear how many words you need to memorize, which words to learn, and how to actually memorize these words without wasting time. If you think you need to memorize a list of 2000 words you found on the Internet, stop right there. We're about to save you a lot of time while delivering the same results.

In this guide, we'll discuss which words you should memorize and a reliable way to commit these words to memory.

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How to Get 36 on ACT Science: 13 Strategies from a Perfect Scorer

Posted by Allen Cheng | Jan 23, 2016 9:00:00 AM

ACT Strategies, ACT Science

Are you scoring between 26-34 on ACT Science? Do you want to raise that score as high as possible - to a perfect 36?

Getting to a 36 ACT Science score isn't easy. It'll require perfection. But with hard work and my strategies below, you'll be able to do it. I've consistently scored 36 on Science on my real ACTs, and I know what it takes. Follow my advice, and you'll get a perfect score - or very close.

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SAT Make-Up Exam on February 20? Here's What to Do

Posted by Allen Cheng | Jan 22, 2016 11:43:47 AM

SAT Logistics

Winter has come in the form of Storm Jonas, affecting much of the East Coast. Governors of Delaware, Georgia, Kentucky, Maryland, New York, New Jersey, North Carolina, Virginia, Pennsylvania, Tennessee, West Virginia, and Washington DC declared a state of emergency, and hundreds of SAT test centers closed.

Did YOUR January 23rd SAT test center get closed because of the storm? How do you maximize your score up until your February 20 makeup exam? Find out here.

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