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Average SAT Scores by State (Most Recent)

Posted by Allen Cheng | Jan 21, 2017 2:00:00 PM

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Over a million students across the country take the SAT every year. Are you curious what the SAT scores by state look like? How do you stack up against your state? How about interesting state facts, like which state has the highest SAT score? Lowest SAT score? Highest participation? 

It's the battle of the states, SAT edition. Find out your state's average SAT scores and other fun facts in this post!

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What Subjects Are on the SAT?

Posted by Christine Sarikas | Jan 15, 2017 9:00:00 AM

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Are you taking the SAT soon or beginning your preparations but aren’t sure what’s on the test? You may know that there’s math, some reading, and maybe an essay you need to write, but what subjects are on the SAT, exactly?

In this guide, we’ll break down the subjects you need to know to do well on each section of the SAT as well as explain what SAT Subject Tests are, how they're different from the regular SAT, and who needs to take them. We'll end with tips you should follow when studying for the SAT.

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What Is the Average SAT Score?

Posted by Allen Cheng | Dec 4, 2016 1:00:00 PM

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You're probably curious about how you stack up against average SAT scores. But how many types of averages are there, and which averages are important for you? How about SAT score averages by gender and by ethnicity?

We'll discuss official results for all these questions and tell you which SAT average actually matters for your future.

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SAT Syllabus: What’s on the Exam and How to Prep

Posted by Christine Sarikas | Dec 3, 2016 8:00:00 AM

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Are you taking the SAT soon but aren’t sure what to expect? Not to worry! This guide will give you an in-depth look at the SAT syllabus and what to expect on the exam.

For each section of the SAT, I’ll explain the format of the section, the types of questions you’ll see, and the skills it tests. At the end of this guide, I'll also go over the top tips you need to know when preparing for the SAT to help you achieve your highest score.

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New SAT Scoring Advantage

Posted by Laura Staffaroni | Nov 18, 2016 8:00:00 PM

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While the new SAT is out of 1600 and the old SAT is out of 2400, the two aren't directly proportional; you can't just multiply your old SAT score by 2/3 and expect the result to be how you'd do on the new SAT.

The only way to know for sure how you'd do on the new test (besides taking the new SAT exam) is to use the College Board's data to convert your score from old to new SAT. To find out if you’d score higher on the new SAT and why that might be the case, read on!

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Is the SAT Hard? Expert Analysis of 8 Key Factors

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

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A test that has so much influence over where you go to college is bound to be a bit scary, but how hard is the SAT, really? Despite its fearsome reputation, the test isn't as difficult as it seems at first glance.

Overcoming the difficulties presented by the SAT is a matter of spending enough time studying areas that are tough for you and practicing questions that you might find confusing at first glance. Whether or not you find the SAT hard initially, this article will give you the tools you need to surmount its challenges and come out on top.

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2016 & 2017 Full Review of Every SAT Test Date

Posted by Samantha Lindsay | Jun 17, 2016 9:00:00 PM

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Deciding when to take the SAT can be stressful because the best test dates aren't the same for everyone. Levels of preparation, goal scores, and other academic conflicts should all be considered in devising the most logical testing schedule for each student. The following is a full description of the pros and cons of each SAT test date in the 2016-2017 school year for sophomores, juniors, and seniors. You can use this guide to come up with a game plan that works for you!

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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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Official ACT to SAT (New 1600 and Old 2400) Conversion Charts

Posted by Halle Edwards | May 13, 2016 3:30:00 PM

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Unlike apples and oranges, it is possible to compare the ACT and SAT – though it can be a little bit complicated.


One of the first thoughts you might have after getting your ACT or SAT score back is how well you would have done on the other test. Luckily, SAT to ACT conversion (and ACT to SAT conversion) is possible.

In this post, we'll provide conversion charts from the test makers themselves to help you with score conversions between both the new and old versions of the SAT and the ACT. We'll also learn if certain colleges go easier on either the SAT or ACT – and what you can do about it.

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New SAT Conversion Chart: Old 2400 to New 1600 (Official)

Posted by Allen Cheng | May 13, 2016 3:09:00 PM

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Starting in March 2016, the new SAT is scored on a 1600-point scale rather than a 2400-point scale.

But how do you compare your new SAT score to the old SAT 2400 scale? What scores are colleges looking for, since they don't have much data on the new SAT?

Our official new SAT to old SAT conversion charts here have the most updated score conversions available. If you need to convert your new SAT to the old SAT, or your old SAT to the new SAT, use our handy conversion tool to get your score automatically.

And after you find your SAT conversion, keep reading - I'll tell you why it's easier to get a higher SAT score than before due to the New SAT Scoring Advantage (the New SAT score is higher in certain score regions!)

And after you find your SAT conversion, keep reading - I'll tell you why it's easier to get a higher SAT score than before due to the New SAT Scoring Advantage (the New SAT score is higher in certain score regions!)

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SAT Score to GPA Conversion Table

Posted by Dr. Fred Zhang | May 7, 2016 11:00:00 PM

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Do you want to convert your GPA to SAT scores or vice versa? Perhaps you're wondering what SAT score you might get based on your high school grades? Here, we have pored through the statistics to let you do just that! Before we jump into the data though, we do have some caveats you should be aware of.

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SAT Score Ranges: Understand Your Score vs Class Grades

Posted by Dr. Fred Zhang | Apr 29, 2016 1:00:00 PM

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What’s the best possible SAT score and worst possible SAT score you could get? How do you understand SAT scores if you’re used to letter grades like A- or B+, or test scores like 93%?  In this guide, we convert SAT scores into much more understandable class grades to help you interpret your SAT score. 

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Can You Write in the SAT Booklet?

Posted by Francesca Fulciniti | Apr 16, 2016 3:00:00 PM

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After you take the SAT, your score will be determined by the little bubbles you fill in on your scantron sheet - a sheet where there’s no place to show your work.

It’s normal (even important) to want to take notes and work through problems. Since you won't receive any extra scratch paper in the testing room, your SAT booklet is the place to do it. Here, I’ll go over what, how, and even why you should write in your test booklet. That little stack of paper might end up more helpful than you expected.

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Can You Take the SAT in College?

Posted by Vero Lecocq | Apr 14, 2016 3:00:00 PM

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For many students, the SAT is one of the biggest stressors to come up during high school. Few anticipate, though, that it may still be a concern during college. Occasionally, however, you might find that you need new SAT scores after high school. 

So can you take the SAT in college? Yes, you absolutely can. There is no regulation that forbids it. In fact, the College Board's website specifically discusses non-high school testers.

This article will discuss why you might need to take the test as a college student and cover some solid information about that process—and what makes it both unique and challenging.

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SAT Score Percentiles (High-Precision 2016 Version)

Posted by Dr. Fred Zhang | Apr 12, 2016 9:43:25 PM

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Are you looking for ultra high precision SAT percentiles?  I've calculated SAT percentiles to 6 digits of precision (and yes every digit can help especially if you're at the high end), with data updated for 2016.  

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