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What's the Highest New SAT Score Possible?

Posted by Francesca Fulciniti | Jul 1, 2016 4:00:00 PM

SAT Logistics, New SAT

Understanding how the SAT scoring system works is an important part of preparing for the test - how else are you supposed to measure progress and set goals?  The SAT has undergone some recent changes, which means that the scoring system that most people were familiar with has seen a radical overhaul. Here, I’ll cover how the scoring system has changed and what that means for you.

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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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Book Review: The Official SAT Study Guide, 2016 Edition

Posted by Dora Seigel | Jun 17, 2016 6:00:00 PM

New SAT

The College Board recently published a new version of the Official SAT Study Guide (3rd edition) to reflect the newly redesigned 2016 SAT. What’s the book like? Is it helpful? In this review, I’ll break down the strengths and weaknesses of the book, talk about how students feel about it, and tell you whether it’s worth buying.

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What Is the New SAT Like? Student Reactions to the Test

Posted by Dora Seigel | Apr 15, 2016 8:30:00 AM

New SAT

The newly redesigned 2016 SAT debuted on March 5th. If you haven't taken it yet, you may be wondering what to expect: What is the New SAT like? What did students think of the exam? Was it easier or harder than the old SAT? How did it compare to the ACT?

In this article, I’ll discuss the reactions to the new SAT and talk about what it means for you. 

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What Do SAT Subscores Mean? Expert Guide

Posted by Rebecca Safier | Apr 14, 2016 4:00:00 PM

New SAT

On first glance, your SAT score report may look completely confusing. Altogether, you’ll get a total of 15 distinct scores, or 18 if you take the essay section! While the scores are numerous, they're also helpful. They put your results under the microscope and give you detailed feedback about your performance.

This guide will demystify all these test scores, cross-test scores, and subscores so you can make the most out of your SAT score report. Let’s start with a glossary to help you keep track of all the different score types.

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How to Get the Most Out Of Khan Academy SAT Prep

Posted by Christine Sarikas | Apr 10, 2016 8:30:00 AM

SAT Strategies, New SAT

The College Board has recently partnered with Khan Academy to provide free SAT prep resources. There are a lot of resources offered, and they can be a great help if you know how to use them correctly.

This guide will explain exactly what prep materials Khan Academy offers, what they’re best for, when you should rely on other prep materials, and tips for getting the most of out Khan Academy's resources.

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Should I Take the SAT Essay? How to Decide

Posted by Christine Sarikas | Apr 7, 2016 9:00:00 AM

New SAT, SAT Essay

The SAT has recently undergone some major revisions, and one of the biggest changes is that its previously required essay is now optional. This can be confusing for some students and parents. Should you take the essay? Will colleges require the essay or not? Will taking the essay make your application stronger?

Read on for answers to all these questions. This guide will explain what the SAT essay is, what the pros and cons of taking it are, and how you can make the best choice for you.

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The 10 New SAT Changes and What They Mean for You

Posted by Rebecca Safier | Apr 7, 2016 8:00:00 AM

New SAT


Times, they are a-changin’. Bob Dylan’s 1964 anthem of change may not have originally referred to a college admissions test, but it certainly applies to the SAT overhaul of 2016. The redesigned test features huge changes from its previous version, in terms of its structure, scoring, and content.

Read on to learn about the major updates and what you can do to prepare for them. To start, let’s take a look at the test’s structure and exactly how it’s a-changin'.

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High Score on the Old SAT: Should I Take the New SAT?

Posted by Rebecca Safier | Apr 2, 2016 9:00:00 AM

New SAT

If you’re a current high school student, then you’re caught in a big transition between the old SAT and the new SAT. You may have thought you were all set with a high SAT score, but now you’re wondering, “Should I take the new SAT?”

Not to worry, help is here! You can easily resolve this concern by asking yourself two key questions. First, find out whether your colleges require the new SAT. If they don’t, feel free to scroll down to the next important question: is your score on the old SAT really high enough to achieve your goals?

Read on to consider one or both of these questions, and determine once and for all whether or not you need to take the redesigned SAT.

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Heart of Algebra: Key Strategies for SAT Math

Posted by Dora Seigel | Mar 25, 2016 9:00:00 PM

SAT Math, New SAT

On the newly redesigned 2016 SAT, the math section content is divided into four categories by the College Board: Heart of Algebra, Problem Solving and Data Analysis, Passport to Advanced Math, and Additional Topics in Math. Heart of Algebra accounts for the largest part of the SAT math section (33% of the test), so you need to be well prepared for it. In this post, I’ll be discussing this category's content and question types, working through practice problems, and giving tips on how to ace these questions.

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New SAT Practice Tests: 8 Tips for Finding and Using Them

Posted by Francesca Fulciniti | Mar 23, 2016 8:45:00 AM

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The new SAT is officially here, which means that a lot of the old SAT practice material out there isn’t very helpful anymore. In order to study effectively, it’s important to use practice tests that test the same strategy and content as the SAT. With the recent SAT overhaul, this means turning to new practice material.

Official College Board tests are the gold standard when it comes to test prep materials. Here, you’ll find free links to all the official New SAT practice tests, essays, answer keys, and scoring instructions, along with tips and strategies on how to use them.

You might notice, however, that there’s not much official prep material available. If you’re looking for more legitimate practice problems to work with, you’ll find helpful alternatives to the official practice tests towards the end.

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Are the SAT Subject Tests Changing?

Posted by Ellen McCammon | Mar 23, 2016 8:00:00 AM

SAT Subject Tests, New SAT

You probably know by now that a new, redesigned SAT rolled out in early March--a huge revamp that has been linked to the Common Core and attempts to re-secure market share lost to the ACT. This may leave you wondering: what about SAT Subject Tests? Are they changing? Will there be new SAT Subject Tests modeled after the main SAT redesign?

In a word, no. At least, not now.

So what does this mean? Well, for starters, it means that SAT Subject Tests will now be even more different from the regular SAT than they were before the SAT redesign. 

In this article, I’ll go over the implications of the “mismatch” between the redesigned SAT and the SAT Subject Tests. How are the formats different, and how should you approach these differences? I’ll also go over how the SAT redesign has changed how Subject Test content overlaps (or doesn’t) with the regular SAT. Finally, I will engage in some wild speculation (okay, fine, evidence-based speculation) about where the SAT Subject Tests may be going in the future. 

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New SAT Format: What It Means for You

Posted by Rebecca Safier | Mar 19, 2016 9:00:00 AM

SAT General Info, New SAT

The SAT has had a complete makeover. Just a quick glance will show you that it barely resembles its previous self. Many students, luckily, will find its transformation quite attractive.

This guide will help you catch up on the changes with a comprehensive overview of the new SAT format. Read on to learn about the test’s new design and scoring, followed by some tips on what these changes mean for test-takers. To begin, let’s go over the overall structure of the SAT.

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Command of Evidence: 5 Key SAT Reading Strategies

Posted by Samantha Lindsay | Mar 19, 2016 8:30:00 AM

SAT Reading, New SAT

The new SAT challenges students to understand the reasoning behind each answer they pick. Command of Evidence questions are a manifestation of this mission. In order to answer them, you have to carefully evaluate your thought process and the evidence presented by the author of the passage.

This article will focus on the evidence questions on the Reading section of the SAT; we have a separate article on Writing questions (coming soon). In this guide, I'll tell you exactly what these questions test, what kinds there are, and how you can learn to answer them correctly every time!  

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The New SAT Math: What’s Changing?

Posted by Dora Seigel | Feb 27, 2016 9:00:00 AM

SAT Math, New SAT

Starting in March, there will be a newly redesigned SAT. The new SAT only has two sections Evidence-Based Reading and Writing and Math. While most people are focused on the changes to the Reading and Writing section, there have been a few changes to the math section that are important to know. What are these changes? How will your SAT study strategy need to change? I’ll delve into that and more in this guide. 

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