SAT / ACT Prep Online Guides and Tips

Justin Berkman

Justin has extensive experience teaching SAT prep and guiding high school students through the college admissions and selection process. He is firmly committed to improving equity in education and helping students to reach their educational goals. Justin received an athletic scholarship for gymnastics at Stanford University and graduated with a BA in American Studies.

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What Is Your ACT ID? Where Can You Find It?

Posted by Justin Berkman | Apr 10, 2017 4:00:00 PM

ACT Logistics

If you take the ACT, you should be aware of your ACT ID number. Knowing this number will ensure that you and the colleges of your choosing have access to your scores.

In this article, I’ll let you know how to find your ACT ID number, and I’ll detail why it’s important to know your ACT ID.

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SAT Test Dates 2017 - 2018

Posted by Justin Berkman | Mar 24, 2017 4:00:00 PM

SAT Logistics


When trying to plan an SAT study schedule, you must first know when exactly you'll be taking the SAT. In this article, we give you all SAT test dates, deadlines, and score release dates for the 2017-2018 testing year. We also provide you with our top four tips for helping you choose the best SAT test date for your schedule.

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SAT Historical Percentiles for 2015, 2014, 2013, 2012, and 2011

Posted by Justin Berkman | Mar 11, 2017 11:00:00 AM

SAT General Info

If you took the SAT from 2011-2015, you may be wondering what your percentile score is on the SAT. Is a 1500 on the SAT in 2011 the same percentile score as a 1500 in 2015? Do percentile scores change over time?

In this article, I will explain SAT percentile scores, how they change, and I'll provide the percentile scores for SAT combined scores and section scores for 2015, 2014, 2013, 2012, and 2011.

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Will Your SAT Photo ID Work? Learn the SAT ID Requirements

Posted by Justin Berkman | Mar 6, 2017 12:00:00 PM

SAT Logistics

 

One of the most important things to remember on SAT test day is to take your photo ID with you to the test center.  If you don't have an appropriate photo ID with you, you may not be allowed to take the SAT! But how do you know what types of IDs will work? What should you do if you don't have a photo ID?

In this article, I'll answer these questions and explain all of the SAT ID requirements so you can make sure to arrive on test day with an acceptable ID in hand.

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Future Years' ACT Test Dates: 2017, 2018, and Beyond

Posted by Justin Berkman | Feb 19, 2017 8:00:00 PM

ACT Logistics

Future ACT dates are only confirmed a little over a year in advance, but at PrepScholar, we’ve researched patterns from previous years to predict future dates.

The ACT test dates for 2016-2017 and 2017-2018 have been officially released, but in this article, I’ll also provide the likely dates for 2018-2019. From the data we’ve looked at, we can predict these dates with decent confidence.

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6 Top College Interview Tips: How to Prepare Effectively

Posted by Justin Berkman | Jan 28, 2017 9:00:00 AM

College Admissions

Many of the top colleges either recommend or require interviews. To give yourself the best opportunity to make a good impression in your interviews, and to improve your chances of getting accepted to these schools, you should absolutely prepare for your interviews.

In this article, I'll explain exactly how prepare for a college interview, and I'll give you detailed college interview tips that should make you more comfortable and confident during the interview process.

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ACT Photo Requirements: How to Pick the Right Picture

Posted by Justin Berkman | Jan 7, 2017 8:00:00 AM

ACT Logistics

 

If you're planning to take the ACT, you need to have a picture of yourself on your admission ticket. Do you know the ACT photo requirements? Did you know that if your picture doesn't meet the requirements, you may not be allowed to take the ACT on test day?

In this article, I'll thoroughly explain how to make sure that you use an appropriate ACT picture. Also, I'll let you know how to upload your photo, and finally, I'll give you some important tips to remember to prevent any unanticipated problems on test day.

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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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The 4 Best ACT Apps (and How to Use Them in Your Prep)

Posted by Justin Berkman | Oct 2, 2016 9:00:00 AM

ACT General Info, ACT Strategies

 

You can use apps to order food, watch sports, make yourself look like an octogenarian, and even study for the ACT. ACT apps are a somewhat recent phenomenon, but they're pretty appealing. After all, studying on your phone sounds like way more fun than doing it in a book. 

Unfortunately, apps aren't enough to prepare you for the test on their own, but they can be helpful resource. In this article, I'll explain what ACT prep apps are, list the best ACT apps (most of which are free!), and offer tips on how to use them effectively. 

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Ultimate Guide to Pre-Law: 13 Tips to Prepare for Law School

Posted by Justin Berkman | Sep 17, 2016 8:00:00 AM

College Info

 

Do you want to be a lawyer? In the United States, you need to graduate from a 4-year college and then go to law school if you want to practice law.

What is the best way to prepare for law school? What should you be doing in your undergraduate years to make yourself the most competitive applicant? In this article, I'll tell you about the best pre-law majors and inform you about what you need to do to get into the law school of your dreams.

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ACT Photo ID: 3 Requirements You Must Know

Posted by Justin Berkman | Sep 16, 2016 7:00:00 PM

ACT Logistics

 

The ACT has implemented a number of security measures to maintain the integrity of the exam. One such measure is requiring test takers to show a photo ID. If you don't have an appropriate ID with you on test day, you may not be allowed to take the ACT.

In this article, I'll detail all of the ACT photo ID requirements. What's an acceptable form of ID? What should you do if you don't have a photo ID? Read more to find out.

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What Are the US Military Colleges? Should You Go?

Posted by Justin Berkman | Sep 3, 2016 8:00:00 AM

College Info

For those students who aspire to get military training and earn a college degree, there are a number of colleges in the United States that are designed for you to pursue your military and educational goals simultaneously. There are three primary types of US military colleges: service academies, Senior Military Colleges, and Military Junior Colleges.

In this article, I'll thoroughly describe each type of military college and explain the differences between them. Furthermore, I'll help you determine which type of college may be best for you.

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How to Upload the Perfect SAT Picture: 10 Key Requirements

Posted by Justin Berkman | Sep 2, 2016 6:00:00 PM

SAT Logistics

 

If you're planning to take the SAT, you need to upload a photo of yourself when you register online. Do you know the photo requirements? Did you know that if your picture doesn't meet the SAT photo requirements, you may not be allowed to take the SAT on test day?

In this article, I'll thoroughly explain how to make sure that you use an appropriate SAT picture. Also, I'll let you know how to upload your photo, and finally, I'll give you some important tips to remember so you don't have any unforeseen issues test day.

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What Is Pozole? How to Make Delicious Mexican Corn Soup

Posted by Justin Berkman | Aug 30, 2016 2:27:00 PM

Have you heard people discuss the deliciousness of pozole and you were confused because you didn't know what they were talking about? Have you eaten pozole, and now you need to know how to make it?

Well, you're in luck. I'm going to educate you on all things pozole. By the end of this article, you'll know about the origins of pozole, how it's made, and you'll be able to prepare all the major types of this traditional Mexican stew.

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How to Ace the ACT: 6 Top Tips for Success

Posted by Justin Berkman | Aug 27, 2016 9:00:00 AM

ACT Strategies

Getting a stellar ACT score isn't easy. You'll have to put in sufficient study time, and you'll have to employ effective study strategies. So what should you be doing to reach the top ACT score of your dreams?

In this article, I'll explain exactly how to ace the ACT from the methods you need to use in your test prep to the best test-taking tips to maximize your score.

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