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Khan Academy SAT Will Never Be Enough - Here's Why

Posted by Allen Cheng | Feb 24, 2016 9:00:00 AM

SAT Strategies, SAT General Info, New SAT

With the new 2016 SAT, Khan Academy has partnered with the College Board to create a free SAT prep program.

All things considered, Khan Academy's SAT prep program is high quality. It's a great introduction to the test and elevates the bar of free SAT materials. Students unable to afford books or prep programs have a useful resource to train for the test.

But it's not complete.

There's still a lot missing from the Khan Academy SAT program that can prevent you from getting the highest score possible.

In this review, you'll understand what exactly is wrong with the Khan SAT program – and why the partnership with the College Board means these problems will never be fixed. If you plan to use the Khan Academy SAT program, this will show you what you're missing.

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What Is Khan Academy SAT Prep? How Can It Help You?

Posted by Christine Sarikas | Feb 21, 2016 8:30:00 AM

SAT General Info, New SAT

Are you preparing for the SAT or PSAT? Maybe you’ve heard of Khan Academy and are wondering what it is and if it can help you raise your score. In cooperation with the College Board, Khan Academy recently released free materials to help students prepare for the SAT.

This guide will answer all your questions about the Khan Academy SAT content including what it is, if it’s really free, what resources it provides, and how it differs from other official SAT prep materials. By reading this guide, you'll learn exactly what information Khan Academy offers and how you can use it to study more effectively and boost your SAT score. 

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Is the New SAT Easier?  6 Helpful Changes to Know

Posted by Samantha Lindsay | Jan 17, 2016 9:00:00 AM

SAT General Info, New SAT

Change is scary, and the SAT was already kind of scary in the first place, so you might be feeling apprehensive about the new test. Good news: It's possible that the new SAT will be easier for some (or even most!) students. In this article, I'll go through some predictions about which aspects of the new SAT have the potential to make it a less challenging test and which types of students are most likely to benefit. 

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Is the New SAT Harder? 6 Challenging Changes

Posted by Samantha Lindsay | Jan 16, 2016 9:00:00 PM

SAT General Info, New SAT

Significant changes are coming to the SAT in 2016, but the effect they'll have on the student experience is debatable. Is the new SAT harder? It's impossible to tell for sure without any data on new score patterns.

In the meantime, we can make a few predictions for how the changes to the format and content of the test could increase its difficulty. In this article, I'll give you an overview of the changes to the test, list some factors that might make it more challenging, and suggest study strategies for students who may struggle on the new SAT.

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A Massive Collection of Free SAT Practice Tests

Posted by Alex Heimbach | Nov 22, 2015 8:30:00 AM

SAT Strategies, SAT General Info, New SAT

Whether you’re building your own prep program or just supplementing a class, finding SAT practice tests and questions can pose a serious challenge. This article will go through every type of practice SAT test, how to best use them, and — most importantly — where you can find them.

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What’s a Good New 2016 SAT Score for Your Target School?

Posted by Dora Seigel | Nov 8, 2015 6:00:00 PM

SAT/ACT Score Target, New SAT

You might have heard that there is a new SAT coming in Spring 2016! What’s it out of? How do you know what a good score is? How do you determine what new SAT score you need to be accepted to your target school? I'll cover all of this information below.

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Class of 2017: New SAT or Old SAT? (Updated)

Posted by Dr. Fred Zhang | Nov 5, 2015 7:26:21 PM

SAT Logistics, New SAT

The Class of 2017 is in a tough spot on the SAT.  Should you take the new SAT or old SAT?  If you take the new SAT, you would be the guinea pigs for a totally new system; if you take the old one, you have a tighter schedule.  How does it break down?

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Will the New SAT Close the Education Gap?

Posted by Samantha Lindsay | Oct 12, 2015 8:30:00 AM


Big changes are coming to the SAT this year, and the impact that they will have on students is a topic of fierce debate. Will they provide a leg up to students who are put at a disadvantage by the current test format? Or will they make disparities between the scores of high and low-income students even more pronounced?

In this article, I'll go over both sides of the argument and provide my own take on how the changes to the SAT will affect the education gap. 

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Old to New SAT: How to Convert 2400 to 1600?

Posted by Dora Seigel | Oct 11, 2015 10:30:00 AM


If you are taking the new SAT in spring 2016 or later, your test will be significantly different from the current SAT. What are the main differences between the old and new SAT? How do you convert between the two tests? How do these changes affect you as the test taker?

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Smart Alternatives for SAT Practice Tests

Posted by Dr. Anna Wulick | Oct 3, 2015 1:00:00 PM

SAT Strategies, New SAT

You probably already know that the gold standard for studying for the SAT is to use the official practice tests released by the College Board. Unfortunately, the SAT is getting completely redesigned after January 2016 – and there aren’t that many official questions for the new test yet. But the great news is that there are many ways to use other resources to study effectively!

Questions from other standardized tests, materials from your high school education, magazines and other publications  there is no shortage of ways to practice the knowledge and skills you’ll need for the new SAT!

In this article, I’ll go through each section of the new SAT and talk about all the possible alternatives to regular practice questions. When it comes to the SAT redesign, the world really is your oyster.

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8+ Free Old Official SAT Practice Tests

Posted by Dr. Anna Wulick | Oct 3, 2015 12:30:00 PM

SAT Strategies, SAT Writing, SAT Reading, SAT Math, New SAT

In March 2016, the SAT underwent a complete redesign, concentrating more on testing reasoning skills than on obscure vocabulary knowledge

So how do you study for the SAT now that there just aren't that many practice tests available? After all, there’s nothing quite like taking actual official SAT tests to get you ready for the real thing. The good news is that many of the questions that appeared on the old SAT format are still completely relevant and a great resource for practicing your skills!

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New 2016 SAT: What's a Good Score?

Posted by Samantha Lindsay | Sep 26, 2015 9:00:00 PM


The SAT will undergo significant changes in 2016, and you should be prepared to adjust your standards accordingly. The new SAT will be out of 1600 points instead of 2400, so your scores will end up looking a lot different.

In this article, I’ll show you what a good score on the new SAT might mean and how you can calculate a useful goal for yourself within the new scoring system.

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How Is the New SAT Scored?

Posted by Samantha Lindsay | Sep 26, 2015 8:30:00 PM


The scoring model on the new SAT differs significantly from the scoring model that was used on the old version of the test. It's important to be aware of these changes so that you can plan your studying and test-taking strategies accordingly.

In this article, I'll go through all the scoring differences that have taken place for the new SAT and what they mean for you as a student.

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Is the New 2016 SAT a Reaction to the Common Core?

Posted by Halle Edwards | Sep 26, 2015 1:00:00 PM


You know the SAT is changing. But were those changes driven by the Common Core? And why would that matter? Read on to find out — and to be prepared for the new SAT in 2016.

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New SAT Essay Prompts: How Are They Changing?

Posted by Laura Staffaroni | Sep 25, 2015 9:00:00 PM

SAT Writing, New SAT

The CollegeBoard has once again completely revamped the SAT — the changes debuted in March 2016 (tests can have debuts right? Right). We have an overview about all of the changes that have been made, but how do the changes apply to the SAT essay questions in particular? Read on to find out more about the new SAT Writing prompts.

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