SAT / ACT Prep Online Guides and Tips

Rebecca Safier

Rebecca graduated with her Master's in Adolescent Counseling from the Harvard Graduate School of Education. She has years of teaching and college counseling experience and is passionate about helping students achieve their goals and improve their well-being. She graduated magna cum laude from Tufts University and scored in the 99th percentile on the SAT.

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SAT Subject Test Dates 2017: When Should You Take Them?

Posted by Rebecca Safier | May 1, 2017 2:00:00 PM

SAT Subject Tests

When are you planning to take the SAT Subject Tests? If you answered, "I don't know," you're not alone! It's hard to know when the best time is to fit in the subject tests with the general SAT, your schoolwork, and everything else you've got going on.

Let's take a look at when the SAT Subject Tests are offered and when the best dates are for you to take them. As long as you have a plan, you'll be able to balance these tests with all the other things you're up to in your busy life. 

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PSAT Practice Tests: Free Questions and Full-Length Tests

Posted by Rebecca Safier | Apr 13, 2017 8:26:00 PM

PSAT Info and Strategies

Why buy a bunch of practice tests when you can find them online for free? To make your search as easy as possible, I've compiled all of the best PSAT practice tests and sample questions available on the World Wide Web.

Read on for nine downloadable PSAT practice test pdfs, along with eight bonus SAT practice tests. Since College Board has only released one official practice test for the current version of the PSAT, I'll also explain how you can modify older practice tests to prepare.

Let's get right to it with the first official PSAT practice test pdf for you to download. 

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How Long Does It Take to Get SAT Scores Back?

Posted by Rebecca Safier | Apr 12, 2017 5:00:00 PM

SAT General Info

Don't you wish you could find out how you scored on the SAT right after you finish? Or maybe you'd like to forget all about it and pretend it never happened (better luck next time)!

Either way, your wait time will be the same at somewhere between three and six weeks. This article fills you in on all the details of score reporting, along with some advice for what to do once you get your scores.

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What's a Good PSAT Score for a Sophomore?

Posted by Rebecca Safier | Apr 10, 2017 4:30:00 PM

SAT/ACT Score Target, PSAT Info and Strategies

 

You wouldn't go for your driver's license test before ever getting behind the wheel, right? You would practice your three-point turns and parallel parking first, so you're ready and know what to expect when the real test comes.

Just as you suspected, this scenario's an analogy for the PSAT. Rather than sitting for it junior year without a practice run, you can improve your performance if you've already taken it in 10th grade. Taking the PSAT as a sophomore is a great, low-pressure way to familiarize yourself with the test, gauge your level, and figure out where you need to improve.

With this in mind, let's look at what PSAT scores are good for sophomores and how to improve them even more for junior year. First, let's consider how the PSAT is scored.

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The Best SAT Prep Websites You Should Be Using

Posted by Rebecca Safier | Apr 5, 2017 9:00:00 AM

SAT Strategies

The SAT has been around in one form or another since 1901. Through all its changes, probably the most helpful one for you is the rise of free online practice questions and guides covering every aspect of the test.

Rather than having to carry around 400-page practice books like the students of yesteryear (ie, the 90s), you can use these online resources to prep from anywhere with Internet. To help you discern the high quality resources from the low, this guide will break down the SAT prep websites you need to review content, learn strategies, and of course, find practice questions.

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The New PSAT, Redesigned in 2015: Complete Guide

Posted by Rebecca Safier | Apr 3, 2017 10:00:00 PM

PSAT Info and Strategies, New SAT

If you're a student who graduates high school 2017 or later, you’ll be taking the redesigned PSAT. This new version of the test started in October 2015 was administered to all students across the country.

We’ll let you know all about the PSAT format, scoring, and content and what you need to know to be prepared. Not only is the 2015 PSAT an important step in prepping for the SATs, but it also qualifies you for National Merit distinctions and scholarships.

Let’s dive into the changes in format, scoring, and content being made to the redesigned PSAT and what these changes mean for your test prep.

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What's a Good PSAT Score for a Junior?

Posted by Rebecca Safier | Mar 31, 2017 11:00:00 PM

PSAT Info and Strategies

The PSAT is an important test on the road to college. Your scores predict how you'll do on the SAT, plus top scorers may earn distinction and scholarships from the National Merit Scholarship Corporation.

So, how do you know whether your PSAT scores are good? While what counts as a good score varies depending on your personal goals, we can give a more objective answer to this question by considering PSAT score percentiles. First, let's review how the PSAT is scored. 

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The 10 Best SAT Books Recommended for SAT Prep

Posted by Rebecca Safier | Mar 29, 2017 9:30:00 PM

SAT Strategies

With so many SAT prep books to choose from, how can you tell the good ones from the bad? Not to worry - we've evaluated the books for you. This fully updated guide gives you our recommendations for the top 10 new SAT preparation books to help you achieve the scores you seek.

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The Best Way to Read the Passage in SAT Reading

Posted by Rebecca Safier | Mar 29, 2017 8:30:00 AM

SAT Strategies, SAT Reading

The SAT Reading section presents you with challenging tasks. Not only will you have to sustain your focus over a long 65-minute section, but you’ll also have to search actively for evidence in each passage to back up your answers.

The test may be time intensive and full of tricky “distractor” answers, but you can learn to avoid the common pitfalls with the right approach. This guide will discuss the best strategies for reading the passages effectively and achieving a high score on the new SAT Reading. To start, let’s go over what the redesigned passages are going to look like on your test.

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How to Become a National Merit Semifinalist

Posted by Rebecca Safier | Mar 21, 2017 10:00:00 PM

PSAT Info and Strategies, College Admissions

When October rolls around, over 1.5 million students across the country take the PSAT. Juniors who score in the top 1% achieve the distinction of being named National Merit Semifinalists. Most of these students move on to become National Merit Finalists and win scholarship money for college.

Being named a National Merit Semifinalist is a huge achievement along the path to college. Let’s take a look at what you need to do to become a National Merit Semifinalist.

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When Do SAT Subject Test Scores Come Out?

Posted by Rebecca Safier | Mar 1, 2017 11:00:00 AM

SAT Subject Tests

After you take the SAT Subject Tests, you probably want to find out your results right away. You'll have to be a little patient, though, as you may need to wait between five and seven weeks to get your scores back. 

We've compiled the exact score delivery dates below, plus some tips on how to track down your scores and what to do next. Read on to find out when you get your SAT Subject Test scores.

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How to Cheat On the SAT

Posted by Rebecca Safier | Feb 23, 2017 11:00:00 AM

SAT General Info

Disclaimer: we're not going to tell you how to cheat on the SAT. We do not advocate cheating by any means!

What we will tell you about are some high profile cheating scandals that have occurred in the recent past. While these cheating scandals involved flagrant violations of ETS rules and regulations, we'll also reveal some little known things that can raise red flags around your scores and jeopardize your chances of college admission. But first, the scandals...

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How Do I Submit Letters of Recommendation?

Posted by Rebecca Safier | Feb 20, 2017 12:00:00 PM

Letters of Recommendation

Hopefully, you have the perfect teachers in mind to ask for your letter of recommendation. Once you’ve asked these teachers, how do you actually get their letters to your colleges?

This guide will go over everything you need to know about submitting your recommendation letters, whether you’re using the Common Application, a customized school application, and/or Naviance. To start, what are the options for submission?

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What Is the SAT Experimental Section?

Posted by Rebecca Safier | Jan 18, 2017 9:23:00 PM

SAT General Info

In many regards, College Board has made the SAT a lot more transparent. As of March 2016, the majority of the test has a very clear and consistent format - with one exception. In recent months, some students encountered an unexpected 20-minute experimental section at the end of their tests. 

This guide will explain everything we know so far about this experimental section and how it differs from the experimental section on tests past. Read on to learn about this extra material and what it means for your test prep. 

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PSAT Test Dates 2017

Posted by Rebecca Safier | Dec 2, 2016 6:00:00 PM

PSAT Info and Strategies

Attention, 2017 juniors! Do you know when you’ll be taking the PSAT? Do you know the best way to prepare for the test?

This guide is for anyone planning to take the PSAT in the fall of 2017. We have the predicted PSAT test dates, along with some key study tips. To start, let’s discuss what you need to know about how your school will administer the PSAT.

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