SAT / ACT Prep Online Guides and Tips

Important: Read This Before Sending ACT Scores to Colleges

Posted by Dr. Anna Wulick | Jun 22, 2017 5:30:00 PM

ACT General Info, ACT Logistics


No college application is complete without test scores. But sending scores to colleges doesn't have to be a confusing and frustrating process! Read this article to understand all the options for sending out your ACT scores, to get help with the many decisions you will have to make, and to know what to do if you run into problems.

I'll describe the basic process of how to send ACT scores, how to take full advantage of the ACT's individual score reporting, when to send scores, and how to make sure your scores don't get lost. At the same time, I'll go through the pros and cons of every available option and suggest a recommended course of action. 

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How to Study for the Summer SAT: 4 Helpful Tips

Posted by Laura Staffaroni | Jun 22, 2017 12:00:00 PM

SAT General Info

Starting August 2017, there will now be an SAT test date at the end of the summer. What are the advantages of taking the SAT in the summer and what’s the best way to prep for the summer SAT?

Read on to find out the summer SAT dates for 2017 and 2018 and what the best way to prep for them are.

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How Long Does It Take to Get ACT Scores Back?

Posted by Rebecca Safier | Jun 21, 2017 5:00:00 PM

After you take the ACT, the anticipation isn't over! Now you have to wait to find out your scores. While they're not available immediately, you don't have to wait too long to see your scores or have them sent to colleges.

This guide will go over when you can expect to see your ACT scores by each upcoming test date, as well as the differences in score release dates for students who took the ACT with Writing.

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Important: Read This Before You Send SAT Scores to Colleges

Posted by Dr. Anna Wulick | Jun 20, 2017 9:00:00 AM

SAT Logistics, SAT General Info

 

No matter how stellar your transcript, no matter how mastered your extracurricular activities, no matter how lyrical your essay, no application is complete without your SAT scores.

So how do you make sure your SAT scores are sent properly, at the right time, and with only those scores you are most proud of? Read on for our best advice on the decisions you'll be faced with and what to do in case something goes wrong.

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PSAT Scoring: How Does It Work?

Posted by Hannah Muniz | Jun 19, 2017 12:00:00 PM

PSAT Info and Strategies

If you're preparing to take the PSAT, it's important you understand everything there is to know about PSAT scoring. How is the PSAT scored? And how will this information help you get the score you want on test day? On the SAT?

In this article, we go over the PSAT scoring scale and show you how to calculate your PSAT scores using official scoring tables. We also cover Selection Index scores and offer our top four tips on how to utilize PSAT scoring to inform both PSAT and SAT prep!

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Complete Official ACT Practice Tests, Free Links

Posted by Allen Cheng | Jun 16, 2017 11:00:00 PM

ACT General Info

No matter how you prep for the ACT—whether you have a tutor, take a class, or study by yourself—you must get access to official ACT tests. These tests are released by ACT, Inc., and contain real questions given to actual students on previous test dates. These questions have been removed from circulation (so you won't ever see them on a real test), but their quality is second to none when it comes to ACT realism.

In this post, I'll tell you how to find all currently available official ACT practice tests. Most are free and offer a good way to get your feet wet with ACT prep. We'll also discuss how to use these tests to improve your ACT score.

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What's a Bad SAT Score? Nationally and by College

Posted by Halle Edwards | Jun 15, 2017 3:00:00 PM

SAT General Info

 

Have you taken the SAT recently? Are you wondering if your score is bad? Or do you just want to know the score to beat before you take the SAT for the first time?

In this post, we'll explain what a bad SAT score is, both in terms of the national averages and colleges you might be interested in.

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Complete Guide: Which Schools Use the Common Application?

Posted by Halle Edwards | Jun 14, 2017 1:30:00 PM

College Admissions

Are you applying to college soon? If so, you’ve probably heard about the Common Application—an online application you can use for over 600 colleges. Since you only have to fill out one application, it saves you time when applying to college.

But which colleges use the Common Application, and which Common Application schools are in your state? We have a complete list here, broken down by state, and updated for the 2016-17 academic year.

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The Complete List of IB Courses and Classes

Posted by Dora Seigel | Jun 14, 2017 10:00:00 AM

International Baccalaureate (IB)

What are all the IB courses available to take? Here's our complete list of all SL and HL classes. 

Every IB School is different, so your IB school may not offer all of the IB courses below. However, these are all of the classes that IB creates a curriculum and test for. There are 56 classes (counting HL and SL separately). I have categorized them by the subject categories that IB defines as the six subject groups.

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What Is the Average SAT Score for Colleges?

Posted by Justin Berkman | Jun 12, 2017 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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How to Register for the PSAT: 3 Simple Steps

Posted by Hannah Muniz | Jun 12, 2017 12:00:00 PM

PSAT Info and Strategies

Every autumn, sophomores and juniors have the opportunity to take the PSAT. But how exactly does the PSAT registration process work? Does everyone have the same PSAT sign up date? What does it cost to take the PSAT?

Here, we'll teach you everything you need to know about PSAT registration. We'll start off with a brief overview of how registration works and then go over the three key steps you'll need to take in order to register for the PSAT. We'll then explain how to register for the test if you’re homeschooled or living outside the U.S. before finishing off with our top tips for ensuring a smooth PSAT registration process.

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The SAT Scores You Need for Nursing Programs

Posted by Halle Edwards | Jun 9, 2017 12:00:00 PM

SAT/ACT Score Target

Are you wondering the kind of SAT scores you need to get into nursing schools? Applying for undergraduate nursing programs is simpler than you might expect, but it's important to understand what is expected of you.

This article will explain everything you need to know about applying to nursing school, including the different types of nursing programs, what the average SAT and ACT scores for nursing school students are, and what you need to do to make your application stand out. We'll also go through some examples of great nursing schools, so you can see what their SAT requirements are.

Find out here the SAT nursing scores you need, and other tips for a successful nursing school application!

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How to Write Perfect ApplyTexas Essays

Posted by Dr. Anna Wulick | Jun 9, 2017 8:00:00 AM

College Essays

The ApplyTexas college application has many different essay prompts—and each of the most popular colleges in Texas has different requirements for which essays they expect students to answer.

So how do you get advice on writing your best ApplyTexas essays, no matter which school you are hoping to get into? Look no further than this article, which totally unpacks all five possible ApplyTexas essay prompts. I will explain what each essay prompt is looking for, what admissions officers are hoping to learn about you, give you great strategies for making sure your essay meets all of these expectations, and help you come up with your best essay topics. 

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ACT vs. SAT: 11 Key Differences to Help You Pick the Right Test

Posted by Hannah Muniz | Jun 8, 2017 12:00:00 PM

SAT versus ACT

You’ve probably heard of the ACT and SAT, but how different are these two tests really? In this extensive ACT vs. SAT analysis, we look at the top 11 differences between the ACT and SAT and explain what these differences mean for you. And to conclude, we give you tips on how to decide whether you should take the ACT or SAT.

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The New SAT vs. the ACT: Full Breakdown

Posted by Alex Heimbach | Jun 8, 2017 9:00:00 AM

SAT versus ACT, New SAT

For the past decade or so, the SAT has come under increasing scrutiny for its confusing structure, trick questions, and obscure vocabulary. Meanwhile, the ACT is often seen as the fairer test, more closely based in what students learn in school.

So now, as you may have heard, the College Board undertook a radical overhaul of the SAT that went effect in March of 2016 and, in many ways, made it much more similar to the ACT. Adding to the confusion is the fact that ACT, Inc. also made some minor changes to the ACT. 

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