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Laura Registrato

Laura has over a decade of teaching experience at leading universities and scored a perfect score on the SAT.

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The Complete Guide to ACT Grammar Rules

Posted by Laura Registrato | Mar 11, 2015 7:30:00 PM

ACT Strategies, ACT English

Even though the English language is complex, ACT English tests a specific set of grammar rules. Furthermore, it tests these rules the same way, over and over again.

In this complete guide, we've compiled the comprehensive list of ACT English grammar rules you need to know to ace the ACT English section. If you master all these rules and practice them with realistic ACT questions, you'll have a huge advantage on the English section.

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The Complete Guide to SAT Grammar Rules

Posted by Laura Registrato | Mar 10, 2015 12:21:00 AM

SAT Strategies, SAT Writing

Even though the English language is complex, SAT tests a specific set of grammar rules. Furthermore, it tests these rules the same way, over and over again.

In this complete guide, we've compiled a comprehensive list of SAT grammar rules you need to know to ace the new SAT Writing and Language section. If you master all these rules and practice them with realistic SAT questions, you'll have a huge advantage on SAT Writing and Language.

Unlike other guides, ours focuses on showing you exactly how the grammar rule will appear on the SAT by basing each example on actual SAT questions written by the College Board. After all, you need to master the SAT format to do well on the SAT. 

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The New Enhanced ACT Writing Test (2016): Complete Guide

Posted by Laura Registrato | Feb 19, 2015 11:00:00 AM

ACT General Info, ACT Strategies, ACT Writing

Did you know that the ACT Writing Test changed dramatically in Fall 2015? You might not, because people haven't talked about it much, but it changed the ACT and possibly standardized testing in general. It's scored based on all of the old ACT's criteria, but also on a number of new concepts.

We've written the most comprehensive guide available on the new ACT Writing section. Keep reading to find out how you can prepare for and ace this new test.

 

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SAT Essay Examples for the 6 Types of Essay Prompts

Posted by Laura Registrato | Jan 28, 2015 11:53:00 PM

SAT Strategies, SAT Writing

There's a persistent myth about the SAT Essay: the idea that you can't prepare content because you don't see the prompt until the day of the test. This is a myth because, in order to be standardized, the test has to require the same complexity of argument in every SAT essay question: yes or no, this or that, what causes what.

And since all these arguments are very simple, almost every SAT essay argument can be boiled down to one of the 6 we list here. In addition to that, though, we also explain how to argue each one, and give you sample support for both sides of every argument. Read on for the inside scoop on this important aspect of the SAT.

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How to Choose the Best ACT Test Locations

Posted by Laura Registrato | Jan 9, 2015 9:56:00 PM

ACT Logistics

We all want to max out brainpower on the day of the ACT. But what can help, besides studying? One factor worth considering is where you take the test. You want a place that allows you to focus completely on the test without other anxieties, concerns or discomfort.

And guess where a lot of test-day anxieties, concerns and discomfort can come from? That's right, they can be direct results of choosing a distracting or inconvenient testing center. In this article, we give you all the information you need to make the right decision about which of all ACT test centers to choose

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How You Can Pick the Best SAT Test Locations

Posted by Laura Registrato | Jan 8, 2015 11:57:00 PM

SAT Logistics

It may seem like there's not a lot you can do, besides studying, to improve your mental state on the day of the SAT. But there are a few key things that can make a huge difference, and one of them is where you take the test. How could this matter so much? Well, your brain can only focus on math and English when everything else is out of the way, and a lot of things that can get in the way have to do with logistics and environment.

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ACT Vocabulary | Words You Must Know

Posted by Laura Registrato | Jan 7, 2015 6:29:00 PM

ACT Strategies, ACT Reading, ACT English

Many students are confused about ACT vocabulary and how it differs from the words tested on the SAT. Unfortunately, most free resources about ACT vocabulary are just SAT vocabulary with a different title. But in this article, we break down exactly how the ACT tests vocabulary, the words it tests most often, and tips to approach vocabulary in the Reading and Writing sections. Plus, we give you a list of our Top 15 ACT words and a free study sheet of our Top 150 ACT Words!

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Is the ACT Easier Than the SAT?

Posted by Laura Registrato | Jan 3, 2015 1:08:00 AM

SAT versus ACT

Because colleges accept the ACT and SAT equivalently, picking the test where you’ll perform the best is critical to your admissions chances. But when parents and students ask whether the ACT is easier than the SAT, it can be hard to find a good answer. Especially now that the SAT has been significantly revamped, students may not know how the tests compare to each other or which exam they will do better on.

There are differences between the tests that can make one or the other legitimately easier or harder for some students. So how do you know if the SAT or the ACT is easier for you? Keep reading this detailed guide for the eight key factors you need to know to decide whether the ACT or SAT is easier.

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What are the differences between the SAT and ACT?

Posted by Laura Registrato | Aug 9, 2014 12:36:00 AM

SAT versus ACT

Are you curious about what the differences between the SAT and ACT are?  If you want a summary, click here to see quickly whether you would be better at the SAT or ACT.  But if you want the nitty gritty details about the differences, read on below!

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Using PrepScholar to Boost Academic Motivation

Posted by Laura Registrato | Aug 2, 2014 1:00:00 PM

SAT Strategies

Many parents have experienced the frustration of high schoolers who seem academically unmotivated. We think we’re a great answer to that problem--read on to find out why.

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Will I do better on the SAT or the ACT?

Posted by Laura Registrato | Jul 26, 2014 1:00:00 PM

SAT versus ACT

Many students wonder whether they'll do better on the ACT or SAT -- after all it's important to put the best foot forward.  Here we show you how to figure out which one you're better on.

 

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PrepScholar Works Well for Top Scorers

Posted by Laura Registrato | Jul 19, 2014 1:00:00 PM

SAT Strategies, ACT Strategies

Wondering how to get the last few points that could get you into your dream school? PrepScholar has innovative and exclusive features that can be your best friends come test day.

 

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The 3 Sources of SAT Anxiety (and how to manage them)

Posted by Laura Registrato | Jul 12, 2014 1:00:00 PM

SAT Strategies, ACT Strategies

Standardized testing is always stressful, but there are few tests more nerve-wracking than the SAT. See the main reasons why the test freaks students out and what to do about it.  ACT and SAT anxiety and worry can be conquered, and we show you how.

 

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Why PrepScholar is Great for Busy Students

Posted by Laura Registrato | Jul 5, 2014 1:00:00 PM

SAT Strategies, ACT Strategies

Are you a busy student with no extra time for SAT prep, but know it’s important for your college apps? Check out PrepScholar’s unique program that automatically gives you the lessons and practice you need based on your performance.  

 


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What's the Deal with Improving Sentences? SAT Writing Section Guide and Advice

Posted by Laura Registrato | Jun 28, 2014 1:00:00 PM

SAT Strategies, SAT Writing

There’s nothing harder than trying to figure out what someone else thinks is “the best,” and Improving Sentences asks you to do just that. Luckily, we’ve got a few tricks up our sleeve that allow you to move through these questions with confidence.

In this post, we’ll look at the writing skills these questions are designed to test and how to use those skills to answer the questions correctly.

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