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What Are Good SAT Scores for Colleges? 101 Schools + Advice

Posted by Hannah Muniz | Mar 30, 2017 12:00:00 PM

SAT/ACT Score Target

As you apply to college, it's important that you understand how high of an SAT score you'll need to aim for on test day. But what are good SAT scores for colleges? And not just any colleges, but your colleges specifically?

In this article, we’ll examine the general SAT scores needed for college and take a look at how these scores can vary due to differences in school prestige and competitiveness. We’ll then show you how to look for average SAT scores for colleges as well as how to set your own SAT goal score.

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How Do You Calculate ACT Score? Raw and Scaled

Posted by Dora Seigel | Mar 30, 2017 12:00:00 PM

ACT Logistics

The ACT is scored on a scale of 36. How do you end up with a composite score from 0-36 when you answer a lot more than 36 questions? In this article, I'll walk you through the three steps to calculate your ACT composite score:

  1. Calculate section raw scores
  2. Convert raw scores to scaled scores
  3. Average section scores to determine composite
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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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What Is a Good ACT Score? A Bad ACT Score? An Excellent ACT Score?

Posted by Dr. Fred Zhang | Mar 28, 2017 3:00:00 PM

SAT/ACT Score Target

If you've taken the ACT and gotten your ACT test scores back, you probably want to know how you did. Or you might be planning for the ACT and want to know what ACT composite score to aim for. So what is a good ACT score?

In this article, we'll discuss what makes a good ACT composite score. We also give you a step-by-step guide to figuring out what a good ACT score is for you personally, depending on the colleges you plan to apply to. We’ll also provide ACT score ranges for 35 popular schools and discuss what you can do if you fall short of your goal score.

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Future Years' SAT Test Dates, Schedules, and Deadlines

Posted by Dr. Fred Zhang | Mar 27, 2017 8:00:00 PM

SAT General Info

Future SAT test dates are only confirmed less than a year in advance, but we at PrepScholar have done the hard work of looking at past test date patterns to predict future SAT test dates and registration deadlines.  For 2017, the official timetable is set in stone. But even though they're more uncertain, we can predict future years like 2018 and 2019 with decent confidence.  These predictions have been updated in April 2017 to reflect the latest possible data.

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When Should You Take the SAT or ACT? Best Test Dates

Posted by Allen Cheng | Mar 27, 2017 4:00:00 PM

SAT Logistics, ACT Logistics

The college admissions process is a long one, encompassing most of a student's high school career. One of the most important parts, the SAT or ACT standardized test, is also one of the most challenging, and you can really benefit from early planning and deciding when during high school you should take it.

It's always a good idea to begin early, but to decide on specific test dates, you'll need to factor in circumstances like personal schedule, your admissions deadlines, and your subjects in school. All of these make a big difference in when it’s best for you to take the SAT or ACT.

In this guide, we'll debunk a common myth about the best time to take the test, discuss the most important factors for determining when you should take the SAT or ACT, and present the best testing plan for most high school students.

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When Is the April ACT? Should You Take It?

Posted by Hannah Muniz | Mar 27, 2017 12:00:00 PM

ACT General Info

With April just around the corner, you may be wondering: should you take the April ACT? Or will you be better off taking the ACT on a different date? What about taking the April ACT in 2018 instead?

In this article, we cover everything you need to know about the April ACT, including when the exam is, whether your scores will get to your schools on time, and the pros and cons of opting for the ACT in April.

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What Is a Good ACT Writing Score?

Posted by Laura Staffaroni | Mar 26, 2017 6:30:00 PM

ACT Writing

As you study for the ACT, it's easy enough to calculate your ACT composite target score. But where does your essay score fit into all this? What’s a good ACT Writing score? Read on to find out how to figure it out!

Note: The information in this article was originally based on the ACT Writing test as it was scored September 2015-June 2016, which was on a scale of 1-36. The scoring of the ACT Writing test changed in September 2016 to be on a scale of 2-12 (with the total ACT Writing score being an average of the 4 domain scores), which means that data on percentiles and averages for the new out-of-12 scoring for different schools aren't going to be available for quite some time. We'll update this article as soon as that information comes out.

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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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4-Step Guide: How to Study for the SAT in a Month

Posted by Hannah Muniz | Mar 23, 2017 2:00:00 PM

SAT Strategies

If you've only got a month before test day, don't freak out! Although it's not a ton of time to prepare for the SAT, it can be enough if you use your time wisely.

In this guide, we share with you our best advice on how to study for the SAT in a month. We'll begin by analyzing the feasibility of studying for the SAT in a month and then go over the critical steps you must take in order to get your plan going. Finally, we’ll leave you with 12 high-impact tips you can use during your studies and on test day to help you get the SAT score you need for college!

NOTE: This article largely assumes you’ll be conducting a self-guided study plan. Those who'd prefer a helping hand should take advantage of our expert SAT tutors as well as our completely customizable SAT prep course!

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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 Is the June SAT? Should You Take It?

Posted by Hannah Muniz | Mar 20, 2017 12:00:00 PM

SAT General Info

As some people are preparing for summer, others are preparing for the SAT. If you’re a junior thinking of taking the SAT before senior year, the June SAT can give you a chance to raise your scores and get a head start on the college application process.

In this article, we'll tell you everything you need to know about the June SAT, including when it is, when its registration deadlines are, and when scores are expected to come out. We’ll also give you a detailed list of the pros and cons of the June SAT to help you decide whether this test date is ultimately right for you.

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When Do ACT Scores Come Out? ACT Score Release Schedule

Posted by Allen Cheng | Mar 17, 2017 6:00:00 PM

ACT Logistics

You've taken the ACT, and now you're waiting for your scores. This can be a tense time, but knowing when exactly to expect your ACT results can help you plan ahead.

So when do ACT scores come out, exactly? In this article, find out when your test scores will become available, how to get your ACT results as fast as possible, and what to do once you have them.

 

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Is Stanford an Ivy League School? Is Duke? MIT?

Posted by Hannah Muniz | Mar 16, 2017 12:00:00 PM

College Info

Most people have at least heard of the Ivy League, but not everyone knows which schools belong to the venerable group. Is Stanford Ivy League? Is Duke Ivy League? Is MIT Ivy League?

In this article, we'll answer these questions and more as we take a look at which schools comprise the world-renowned Ivy League and which schools are most often mistaken for Ivy League institutions. We'll also explore what being in the Ivy League means for schools and how Ivy League schools compare to those not in the Ivy League in terms of national rankings and selectivity.

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