SAT / ACT Prep Online Guides and Tips

What Is a Good SAT Score? A Bad SAT Score? An Excellent SAT Score?

Posted by Dr. Fred Zhang | Apr 1, 2017 11:00:00 AM

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What is a good SAT score? You took the SAT, got your scores back, and now you want to know how you did. Or maybe you want to know what score to aim for next time.

In this guide, we’ll discuss how to figure out how your SAT scores stack up compared to all the other test-takers out there. Then, we’ll help you figure out what’s a good SAT score for you based on the colleges you are interested in. We’ll also provide the SAT score ranges of 38 popular schools, and discuss what to do if your score turns out to be lower than expected.

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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

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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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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

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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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Good SAT Scores: Ivy League Plus Edition

Posted by Laura Staffaroni | Nov 10, 2016 6:00:00 PM

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Setting a target SAT score to aim for is important, but what if you want to shoot for the moon and get an Ivy League-caliber SAT score? Read on to find out what SAT scores Ivy League Plus schools require.

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What's a Good SAT Math or Reading/Writing (EBRW) Score?

Posted by Laura Staffaroni | Nov 10, 2016 2:00:00 PM

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In this article, we’ll go over how to calculate target SAT Math, Reading, and Writing scores, as well as why you might want to do this.

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What Is the Average SAT Score for Colleges?

Posted by Justin Berkman | Jun 24, 2016 3:00:00 PM

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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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Can You Fail the SAT?

The SAT is a pretty high-stakes test - it’s an important part of your college applications, which could mean trouble if you get a low score. But can you fail the SAT altogether?

The good news is that officially, it’s impossible to fail the SAT - but that doesn’t mean that a low score doesn't mean bad news. Here, I’ll review everything you need to know about why you can’t really fail the SAT, but why poor marks may as well count as failing.

Worried about your score? At the end, I’ll go over the steps you should take to pull them up.  

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What is the Minimum ACT Score for College?

Posted by Ellen McCammon | Apr 9, 2016 8:00:00 PM

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There are a lot of numbers and scores associated with your college applications: GPA. Class rank. Maybe some AP Tests. Standardized test scores. It can be a lot to take in. 

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What's the Minimum SAT Score for College?

Posted by Ellen McCammon | Apr 2, 2016 7:00:00 PM

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Preparing for college applications can feel confusing, overwhelming, and demanding. If you’re nervous about the SAT (or college admissions in general), you may be worried about how low of a test score you can afford to get if you still want a shot at college. You might even be wondering how low of a score on the SAT is even possible.

In this article I’ll discuss the lowest possible SAT score and why it’s unlikely to happen to you. I’ll also provide advice on determining the lowest SAT score you can get and still have a reasonable chance at a given school, and what that means in terms of choosing which schools to apply for and what score to aim for. Finally, I’ll discuss some things you can do if your score seems too low for any of the colleges you want to attend.

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What's a Good ACT Score for an Honors Student?

Posted by Vero Lecocq | Jan 16, 2016 7:00:00 PM

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It can be hard to tell what counts as a good score on the ACT, especially for high-achieving students. In this article, I'll explain what competitive ACT scores are for an honors student and what that means for you.

But first let's define our terms!

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What's a Good SAT Score for an Honors Student?

Posted by Vero Lecocq | Jan 16, 2016 5:00:00 PM

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It can be hard to tell the differnce between a good SAT score and a bad one, especially for high-achieving students. To help you see how you stack up gainst your peers, we've done a throrough statistical analysis to determine what counts as a good SAT score for an honors student. In this guide, I'll give you a sense of what a high score looks like for a top student and help you understand what that means for you.

But before we get into the data, let's define our terms.

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Your ACT Superscore Calculator

Posted by Dora Seigel | Dec 6, 2015 7:30:00 AM

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Planning and trying to reach your ACT target score can be stressful and frustrating. You got a 36 in Math on one test date and a 35 in Reading on another test date. Why can’t you just get all of your highest individual section scores on the same test date?

Well, if you’re applying to colleges that superscore the ACT, you don’t have to worry about that. So what is an ACT superscore? And how do you calculate it? In this post, I’ll explain what superscoring means, how to create your own ACT superscore calculator, and how superscoring will affect your test prep strategy.

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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

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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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The SAT Scores You Need for Nursing Programs

Posted by Halle Edwards | Nov 8, 2015 12:00:00 PM

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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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What Is the ACT Out Of?

Posted by Dora Seigel | Oct 17, 2015 12:30:00 PM

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You may have heard of this standardized test called the ACT. What's this test out of? What's the highest and lowest ACT score? And what score should you try to get? I'll answer all of these questions below.

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