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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2015-2016 ACT Test Dates

Posted by Justin Berkman | Aug 12, 2016 4:00:00 PM

ACT Logistics

Are wondering about when the ACT had its test dates during the 2015-2016 academic year? Maybe you need to confirm the date you took the  you're just curious, or perhaps you want to know when ACT, Inc. will hold future tests. In this article, I’ll give you the ACT test dates for 2015-2016 and explain the factors to think about when selecting your test date.

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17 Gorgeous Box Braids Styles and How to Care For Them

Posted by Justin Berkman | Aug 1, 2016 12:00:00 PM

In the '90s, box braids were everywhere. They were the coolest hairstyle, and our favorite movie and tv characters were wearing them, from Dionne in Clueless to Moesha. As is often the case, what was once cool is cool again. Box braids are back! If you're too young to remember the heyday of box braids or if you've never worn this hairstyle, it's time to up your box braid knowledge.

In this article, I'll enlighten you on all things box braids. I'll thoroughly detail what they are, how they're made, how they can be styled, and how to maintain them. So buckle up as I break it down for you in this box braid bible.

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How to Ace the SAT: 6 Expert Tips and Strategies

Posted by Justin Berkman | Jul 23, 2016 9:00:00 AM

SAT Strategies

If you want a top SAT score, you need more than a desire to succeed. Determination and hard work are two vital ingredients for acing the SAT, but also you need to use effective study strategies to help you reach your goal.

I've helped hundreds of students prepare for the SAT, and I know the best methods to utilize to conquer this exam. In this article, I'll explain exactly how to ace the SAT, including how long you need to study, the best SAT prep strategies, and key test-taking tips.

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How to Plan for College in 11th Grade: 8 Expert Tips

Posted by Justin Berkman | Jul 9, 2016 9:00:00 AM

College Admissions

For many high school students, junior year causes tremendous anxiety because of its importance in the college planning process. Students are generally aware that what they do in the 11th grade matters to colleges, but they don't know exactly how to plan for college.

In this article, I'll thoroughly explain everything you should be doing in the 11th grade to plan for college. If you're organized and equipped with this knowledge, you'll be able to successfully complete your junior year and increase the the likelihood that you'll reach your college goals. Furthermore, I'll discuss aspects of college planning that you don't have to worry about in your junior year.

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What Is a Trade School? How Can You Apply?

Posted by Justin Berkman | Jul 8, 2016 6:00:00 PM

College Info

If you want to advance your skills and education but are unsure if a traditional four-year college is for you, you may want to consider a trade school. Attending a trade school can be an excellent option for those who want to get the necessary training to secure a good job quickly.

In this article, I'll explain the benefits and potential disadvantages of trade schools. Also, I'll thoroughly describe the differences between trade schools, community colleges, and four-year colleges.

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Average ACT Score for Colleges: What You Need to Get In

Posted by Justin Berkman | Jul 2, 2016 8:00:00 AM

ACT General Info, College Admissions

If you're preparing for the ACT or you've taken the ACT, you probably want to know what score you need to get into college. What's an average ACT score for colleges? Do you need to do better than average to go to college?

In this article, I'll explain average ACT scores and what they mean for you. Find out how to calculate the score you need to give yourself the best chance to get into your dream school.

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Should I Apply Early Decision? Expert Guide

Posted by Justin Berkman | Jun 30, 2016 8:30:00 AM

College Admissions

Do you just want to be done with the application process and know where you're going to college? Do you have your heart set on one college, and you want to give yourself the best chance at getting in?

If you answered yes to these questions,  early decision may be a good option for you. In this article, I'll explain what it means to apply for early decision and explain everything you need to consider to answer the often stressful question, "should I apply early decision?"

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10th Grade College Planning: 7 Early Steps

Posted by Justin Berkman | Jun 24, 2016 9:00:00 PM

College Admissions

In your sophomore year, you may start to feel anxiety about college, or you may believe that you don't have to think about college yet. While I'm not a proponent of intense worrying and don't think stress is healthy, you should start planning for college in 10th grade.

In this article, I'll walk you through the steps you should be taking in 10th grade to maximize your college options and reach your college goals. Also, I'll let you know which aspects of the college process you don't have to worry about yet.

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What Is the Average SAT Score for Colleges?

Posted by Justin Berkman | Jun 24, 2016 3:00:00 PM

SAT/ACT Score Target

 

If you're preparing for the SAT or have received your SAT scores, you may be wondering what score you need to get into college. What's an average SAT score for colleges?

In this article, I'll explain average SAT scores and what they mean for you. Find out how to calculate the score you need to help reach your college goals.

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The Complete College Application Process: Expert Guide

Posted by Justin Berkman | Jun 18, 2016 8:30:00 AM

College Admissions

If you want to successfully complete the college application process and make yourself as competitive for college admission as possible, you’ll be directly or indirectly working on your college applications well before the deadlines approach. In fact, if you have any intention of applying to selective colleges, this process can really begin as early as your freshman year.

In this article, I’ll describe all of the tasks you should complete to maximize your chances of getting into the best possible college. Furthermore, I’ll let you know when you should be completing these tasks so that you’re able to stay on top of the process.

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Confused By Your New SAT Score? 2 Controversies, Explained

Posted by Justin Berkman | Jun 18, 2016 8:00:00 AM

New SAT

With the launch of the redesigned SAT in March of 2016, a new era was born in standardized testing. While the College Board was hopeful that there would be no issues with the new test or its familiar scoring system (maximum score of 800 per section), unfortunately there have been scoring issues that are confusing and upsetting students. Furthermore, the College Board has managed to irk its arch nemesis, the ACT.

In this article, I’ll break down these controversies and explain what they mean for you.

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10 Genius Tips for Balancing Test Prep With School

Posted by Justin Berkman | Jun 10, 2016 6:00:00 PM

SAT Strategies, ACT Strategies

Getting your SAT/ACT dream score will likely take a considerable time investment. The vast majority of high school students have to spend many hours of studying before they're able to get their desired score. However, your time is limited. You have school, homework, studying, and extracurricular activities. How will you be able to put in the necessary test prep time on top of your other responsibilities?

In this article, I'll let you know how you can balance SAT/ACT test prep with school. If you follow my advice, you'll be able to effectively incorporate test prep into your schedule.

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ACT Test Dates 2018-2019

Posted by Justin Berkman | Jun 10, 2016 4:00:00 PM

ACT Logistics

 

At PrepScholar, we constantly review the best data to inform you about future test dates. If you know the future registration dates and test schedule,  you can create your study plan and stay organized, allowing you to lessen your stress and reach your target score.

In this article, I’ll give you the the ACT test dates for 2018-2019 and explain the factors to think about when choosing your test date.

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ACT Test Dates 2017-2018

Posted by Justin Berkman | Jun 10, 2016 3:00:00 PM

ACT Logistics

At PrepScholar, we are commited to keeping you informed about future test dates. Knowing the registration and test dates well in advance can help you create your study plan and keep you organized so that you can minimize your stress and reach your target score.

In this article, I’ll give you the the ACT test dates for 2017-2018 and explain the factors to think about when selecting your test date.

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29 Great Colleges for B Students and How to Get In

Posted by Justin Berkman | Jun 4, 2016 9:00:00 AM

College Info

Generally, the better your grades, the more college options you'll have. However, some students are under the false impression that you need to get straight A's to get into a wonderful college. Students stress and worry that a few B's will sentence them to an inferior university.

Fortunately, you don't have to worry that getting B's will prevent you from going to a good school. There are a number of excellent colleges that admit B students. In this article, I'll provide a list of 29 of the best colleges for B students. Furthermore, I'll let you know how to find a good college for you if you're a B student.

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