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What's a Bad ACT Score?

Posted by Francesca Fulciniti | Oct 9, 2015 5:00:00 PM

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When it comes to your college applications, you probably aren’t too worried about your ACT scores— unless, that is, you think your scores will be too low.

Don’t panic just yet! Like most things in life, ACT scores are all relative — there’s no such thing as a bad ACT score in a vacuum.  In this post, I’ll talk about what it means to have a “bad” score in relation to the entire US, your general peer group, your prospective colleges, and (maybe most importantly) yourself.

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What's an Excellent ACT Score?

Posted by Francesca Fulciniti | Oct 9, 2015 4:30:00 PM

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This article would be a pretty short one if there were a single answer to the question of what qualifies as an excellent ACT score. Like most things in life, however, what you might consider an excellent score depends on your perspective.

In this post, I’ll talk about different ways to understand what counts as excellent test performance. I’ll start off with excellent scores in relation to the general population before discussing more nuanced comparisons: what does it mean to have an excellent score when considering your peer group performance, your target schools, and your own strengths and weaknesses?

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Average ACT Scores: What They Mean For You

Posted by Alex Heimbach | Oct 2, 2015 7:00:00 PM

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The average ACT score for US students is a 21. The middle 50% of students score between a 16 and a 24. The following chart breaks down the nationwide average by section:

English

Math

Reading

Science

20.3

20.9

21.3

20.8

 

However, when you’re thinking about college admissions the nationwide average isn’t important: what really matters is the average score of the students you’re being compared with.

If you’re a high achieving student applying to very selective schools you’ll need a score much higher than the national average. If, on the other hand, you’re applying to certain state schools, a 20 is a totally acceptable score.

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What's Considered a Bad SAT Score? Avoid This

Posted by Francesca Fulciniti | Sep 27, 2015 3:30:00 PM

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Many students worry that a bad SAT score will be the kiss of death for their college applications. The SAT is an important part of the admissions process, so you obviously don’t want to submit a crummy score - but how do you know whether your score is all that bad to begin with?

If you're worried about low scores, understanding where your scores stand in relation to other students’ is the first step to improvement. In this post, I’ll talk about comparing your own scores to those of the general population, your peer group, your target schools, and even your own potential scores. I'll finish off with strategies to bring up scores no matter your goals or study timeline. With this information, you'll be well-prepared to make necessary steps in improving your SAT scores. 

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Defining a Good SAT Score?

Posted by Samantha Lindsay | Sep 27, 2015 3:00:00 PM

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While the definition of a “Good SAT Score” is can seem subjective, in fact, there are valid and objective ways to quantify it.  In this article, I’ll go through four different methods you can use to decide what a good SAT score means for you. Having the wrong definition can be catastrophic to your college future, and having the right definition can be a strong motivator to achieve your SAT goals.

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How Many Questions Can You Skip for a Good SAT Score?

Posted by Dora Seigel | Sep 19, 2015 5:45:00 PM

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Every year students fight to get the SAT score they want. For many students, completing all the questions before running out of time is a serious challenge. If you're one of those who struggles to finish the test in time, skipping can be a real asset. But how many questions can you skip for a good score on the SAT?

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How Many Questions Can You Skip for a Good ACT Score?

Posted by Dora Seigel | Sep 19, 2015 5:35:00 PM

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The ACT is a time crunch, and most students have trouble finishing the whole test in the allotted time. So how many questions can you skip for a good score?

In this article, I will let you know how many questions you can skip or answer incorrectly and to get a composite score of 26.

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What's an Excellent SAT Score? 

Posted by Francesca Fulciniti | Sep 19, 2015 5:00:00 PM

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The SAT score is one of the most important parts of your college applications because it’s one of the only things that’s standardized. When all student applicants are taking the same exam, admissions officers can use it as a barometer to compare students that come from different backgrounds, educations, strengths, weaknesses, and intellectual abilities.

If all students take the same exam, and all admissions officers look at those exam scores in the same way, then it should be easy to figure out what an excellent SAT score is, right? Not necessarily. Like most things, an excellent SAT score is all relative. In this post, I’ll talk about different types of “excellent” scores in relation to the entire US, your general peer group, your prospective colleges, and (maybe most importantly) yourself. 

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How Many Questions Can You Miss for a Perfect SAT Score?

Posted by Dora Seigel | Sep 12, 2015 10:30:00 PM

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Every year about 500 students get a perfect score on the SAT. How many questions can you get wrong and still be among this elite group? Find out here in a complete breakdown of the Math and Evidence-Based Reading and Writing sections across 4 official SAT practice tests.

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On the SAT, how many people get a 2200, 2300, or above (2400)?

Posted by Dr. Fred Zhang | Apr 9, 2015 2:07:27 PM

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How many students get a 2200, 2300 or above on the SAT?  How many students get a perfect 2400?  Here we look at the number of students, and the percentile of these ranks.  Then we find out whether you should retake the SAT if you get these scores.

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When Don't SAT/ACT Scores Matter for College Admissions?

Posted by Rebecca Safier | Mar 21, 2015 8:30:00 PM

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Have you started researching how to apply to college? You may know that most college-bound students take the SAT and ACT. But just how important are they, and when can you get away without taking them?

Let's look at when SAT and ACT scores are important for college admissions, and when they're not.

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What's a Good PSAT Score for a Sophomore?

Posted by Rebecca Safier | Mar 21, 2015 4:30:00 PM

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You wouldn't go for your driver's license test before ever getting behind the wheel, right? You would practice your three-point turns and parallel parking first, so you're ready and know what to expect when the real test comes.

Just as you suspected, this scenario's an analogy for the PSAT. Rather than sitting for it junior year without a practice run, you can improve your performance if you've already taken it in 10th grade. Taking the PSAT as a sophomore is a great, low-pressure way to familiarize yourself with the test, gauge your level, and figure out where you need to improve.

With this in mind, let's look at what scores are good for sophomores and how to improve them even more for junior year. First, let's consider how the new PSAT is scored.

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PSAT to SAT scores - does one predict the other? What's a good PSAT score?

Posted by Dr. Fred Zhang | Mar 9, 2015 8:35:00 PM

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The PSAT is many students' first exposure to college entrance exams.  Because the PSAT is so similar to the SAT, the PSAT is very good at predicting how you'll do on the SAT.  But, the answer has some subtleties. 

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Guaranteed Scholarships Based on SAT/ACT Scores

Posted by Halle Edwards | Mar 5, 2015 11:51:00 PM

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There is tons of scholarship cash waiting for you if you know where to look.

Maybe you’ve taken the SAT or ACT and have gotten a really good score, but aren't sure how to get the most money out of it. Or maybe you haven’t taken the SAT or ACT yet but are wondering how important the tests really are. One way you can make the most of your score is by finding guaranteed SAT scholarships or guaranteed ACT scholarships.

In this post, we will show you some of the scholarships for high SAT scores and scholarships for high ACT scores that you can get. You can earn thousands of dollars in scholarships based just on your scores. Curious to see how? We'll show you where you can get scholarships based on ACT scores and scholarships based on SAT scores.

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NCAA ACT Scores: What You Need to Qualify

Posted by Rebecca Safier | Feb 17, 2015 9:30:00 PM

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If you’re a student athlete who wants to play in NCAA Division I or Division II sports in college, then this article is for you! We’ll review NCAA’s eligibility criteria for your GPA and ACT score, which NCAA compares using a sliding scale. Most importantly, we’ll give you the tips and strategies you need to achieve the NCAA ACT scores you need to pass the clearinghouse.

First, let’s quickly review how your grade point average, or GPA, is determined.

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