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Dr. Fred Zhang

Fred is co-founder of PrepScholar. He scored a perfect score on the SAT and is passionate about sharing information with aspiring students. Fred graduated from Harvard University with a Bachelor's in Mathematics and a PhD in Economics.

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ACT Test Dates Full Guide to Choosing (2016, 2017, 2018)

Posted by Dr. Fred Zhang | Apr 12, 2017 2:00:00 PM

ACT General Info

Looking for info on the 2016-17 and 2017-18 ACT test dates? Knowing the most accurate ACT test dates is crucial for a solid test-taking plan. But though you may be tempted to go ahead and register for the next possible test date, what you should really be doing is finding a date that works well for you and your schedule.

In this guide, we offer an overview of upcoming ACT test dates, registration deadlines, and score release dates. We also give you tons of tips on how to choose an ACT test date and explain which test dates work best for juniors, seniors, and more.

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What Is a Good SAT Score? A Bad SAT Score? An Excellent SAT Score?

Posted by Dr. Fred Zhang | Apr 1, 2017 11:00:00 AM

SAT/ACT Score Target

What is a good SAT score? You took the SAT, got your scores back, and now you want to know how you did. Or maybe you want to know what score to aim for next time.

In this guide, we’ll discuss how to figure out how your SAT scores stack up compared to all the other test-takers out there. Then, we’ll help you figure out what’s a good SAT score for you based on the colleges you are interested in. We’ll also provide the SAT score ranges of 38 popular schools, and discuss what to do if your score turns out to be lower than expected.

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SAT Test Dates: Full Guide to Choosing (2017, 2018)

Posted by Dr. Fred Zhang | Mar 31, 2017 9:00:00 PM

SAT Logistics, SAT General Info

The SAT is offered seven times a year, but which SAT test dates will work best for you and your schedule? What essential factors should you consider before creating an SAT schedule? What are the best SAT dates for juniors? For seniors?

In this comprehensive guide, we offer you the most current info on SAT test dates (domestic and international) for the 2016-17 and 2017-18 school years. We also give you our top tips for choosing the best SAT test dates for you, as well as tons of resources you can use to assist you in navigating the complicated web of SAT/ACT test dates.

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What Is a Good ACT Score? A Bad ACT Score? An Excellent ACT Score?

Posted by Dr. Fred Zhang | Mar 28, 2017 3:00:00 PM

SAT/ACT Score Target

If you've taken the ACT and gotten your ACT test scores back, you probably want to know how you did. Or you might be planning for the ACT and want to know what ACT composite score to aim for. So what is a good ACT score?

In this article, we'll discuss what makes a good ACT composite score. We also give you a step-by-step guide to figuring out what a good ACT score is for you personally, depending on the colleges you plan to apply to. We’ll also provide ACT score ranges for 35 popular schools and discuss what you can do if you fall short of your goal score.

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Future Years' SAT Test Dates, Schedules, and Deadlines

Posted by Dr. Fred Zhang | Mar 27, 2017 8:00:00 PM

SAT General Info

Future SAT test dates are only confirmed less than a year in advance, but we at PrepScholar have done the hard work of looking at past test date patterns to predict future SAT test dates and registration deadlines.  For 2017, the official timetable is set in stone. But even though they're more uncertain, we can predict future years like 2018 and 2019 with decent confidence.  These predictions have been updated in April 2017 to reflect the latest possible data.

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When Do PSAT Scores Come Out? The PSAT Results Release Schedule

Posted by Dr. Fred Zhang | Mar 15, 2017 4:00:00 PM

PSAT Info and Strategies

The wait for PSAT results can be nerve-wracking. It's likely your first time taking an SAT-like test, and the PSAT can give you a sense of what range your final SAT score is likely to be.  Plus, if you score high enough, there's a lot of potential scholarship money available. 

So when is the wait over? When are PSAT scores released? We explain when you'll get your PSAT results, walk you through the complete PSAT timeline, and offer suggestions on what to do once you have your scores.

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SAT Test Dates 2015 - 2016

Posted by Dr. Fred Zhang | May 10, 2016 12:25:34 PM

SAT Logistics

We present the most current information about SAT test dates for the 2015-2016 school year here.  We also link to our top articles that you must read before deciding on a test date.

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SAT Score to GPA Conversion Table

Posted by Dr. Fred Zhang | May 7, 2016 11:00:00 PM

SAT General Info

Do you want to convert your GPA to SAT scores or vice versa? Perhaps you're wondering what SAT score you might get based on your high school grades? Here, we have pored through the statistics to let you do just that! Before we jump into the data though, we do have some caveats you should be aware of.

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ACT Score to GPA Conversion Table

Posted by Dr. Fred Zhang | May 7, 2016 6:00:00 PM

ACT General Info

Are you interested in converting your GPA to ACT scores or vice versa? This can be useful if you're trying to estimate your ACT score based on your current grades. In this guide, we've pored over the statistics to give you the information needed to convert between GPA and ACT scores! However, before we get started, let's briefly go over a few caveats.

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ACT Score Ranges: Understand Your Score vs. Class Grades

Posted by Dr. Fred Zhang | May 4, 2016 6:00:00 PM

ACT General Info

 

Are you wondering what the highest and lowest possible scores you can get on the ACT are? And, once you receive your score, what does it mean? Many people find it difficult to understand their ACT score because the exam doesn't use the same kinds of grades your classes do. In this guide, we've converted ACT scores into class grades to make them easier for you to understand.

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ACT Score Percentiles and Ranks (High-Precision 2016)

Posted by Dr. Fred Zhang | Apr 29, 2016 7:00:00 PM

ACT General Info

Do you want to know your exact ACT score up to six digits of precision?  Every digit can help when you want to know your exact performance. I've used real ACT data, newly released in 2016, to calculate these ultra-high-precision percentiles.

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SAT Score Ranges: Understand Your Score vs Class Grades

Posted by Dr. Fred Zhang | Apr 29, 2016 1:00:00 PM

SAT General Info

What’s the best possible SAT score and worst possible SAT score you could get? How do you understand SAT scores if you’re used to letter grades like A- or B+, or test scores like 93%?  In this guide, we convert SAT scores into much more understandable class grades to help you interpret your SAT score. 

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SAT Score Percentiles (High-Precision 2016 Version)

Posted by Dr. Fred Zhang | Apr 12, 2016 9:43:25 PM

SAT General Info

Are you looking for ultra high precision SAT percentiles?  I've calculated SAT percentiles to 6 digits of precision (and yes every digit can help especially if you're at the high end), with data updated for 2016.  

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SAT / ACT Prep Strategies If You Have a Low Test Score but High GPA

Posted by Dr. Fred Zhang | Mar 23, 2016 9:00:00 AM

SAT Strategies, ACT Strategies

Do you have a high GPA, perform well in school, but can’t seem to do well on the SAT / ACT? This is a common pattern, and there are certain strategies that work especially well for you. First, we'll figure out why this is happening to you, and, depending on the reason, suggest ways to improve your SAT / ACT score. Second, we’ll go over what a high GPA but low SAT / ACT score signals to colleges and how to counter that signal.

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How to Get Into Stanford (By an Accepted Student)

Posted by Dr. Fred Zhang | Mar 12, 2016 8:00:00 AM

College Admissions

Many students want to get into Stanford, one of the most prestigious undergraduate institutions in the United States. While getting into Stanford is very tough, there are definite rules to Stanford admissions. Strategizing around these rules will greatly increase your chances of getting in.

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