SAT / ACT Prep Online Guides and Tips

SAT Score to GPA Conversion Table

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

SAT General Info

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

SAT General Info

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

SAT Logistics, SAT General Info

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

SAT General Info

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

SAT General Info

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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Book Review: Princeton Review's "Cracking the New SAT"

Posted by Vero Lecocq | Apr 9, 2016 5:00:00 PM

SAT General Info

Standardized test preparation has spawned a booming business. Stepping into the vast sea of available resources that have resulted can be overwhelming. What follows is a considered review of one particular resource, Princeton Review's Cracking the New SAT, Premium 2016 Edition. The hope is that this review will help you decide whether that particular book is worth your time—and how to approach it if it is.

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Why Take the SAT? 10 Important Reasons

Posted by Vero Lecocq | Apr 6, 2016 5:00:00 PM

SAT General Info

 

The SAT is a daunting exam. Plus, it's not a direct part of your schooling, so why take the SAT? Well, as it turns out, there are plenty of good reasons.

On of the most significant reasons is how the test affects your college options, though there are other considerations, too. In this article, we'll talk about all the reasons to take the SAT, including why it might be a better test for you than the ACT.

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SAT and TOEFL: What You Need to Know About Each Test

Posted by Rebecca Safier | Apr 2, 2016 8:00:00 PM

SAT General Info, College Admissions

Is English your second (or third or fourth) language? If it’s anything but your first, then you may have to take the TOEFL to get into university in the United States. The TOEFL is an English language test that shows you have the language skills to succeed in college.

As another admissions test, the TOEFL shares some similarities with the more ubiqutous SAT. This guide will compare the two tests, as well as give you some tips for preparing for both. If you’re a non-native English speaker planning to apply to a U.S. college, then read on to learn the ins and outs of your testing requirements.

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What's the Minimum SAT Score for College?

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

SAT/ACT Score Target, SAT General Info

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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SAT Advice: Top 5 Tips for Test Prep

Posted by Francesca Fulciniti | Apr 2, 2016 6:00:00 PM

SAT General Info

Looking through pages and pages of SAT advice, tips, and strategies can get a bit overwhelming. If you’re looking for the information on the most important things to know about taking the SAT, you’ve come to the right place.

Here, I’ll lay out my best SAT advice: five tips to help you excel when you take the test. Read on to get the short and sweet version of everything you need to know.

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SAT 5-Minute Mess-Up, an Update

Posted by Dora Seigel | Apr 1, 2016 7:00:00 PM

SAT General Info

On June 6th, 2015, the College Board made a huge mistake. This mistake resulted in some sections of the test being canceled and forced the College Board to use an abnormal scoring method. To make amends for the mistake, the College Board offered a free retest for June 6th test-takers in October 2015. What’s the situation today? How did the retest go? What should you do if you took the June 6th test? I’ll address all of this and more in this news update. 

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PSAT vs SAT: 4 Key Differences You Must Know

Posted by Vero Lecocq | Mar 26, 2016 9:00:00 AM

PSAT Info and Strategies, SAT General Info

There's the PSAT; there's the SAT; there are even a few other assessments, as it turns out. There's a lot of jargon out there when it comes to the tests offered by the College Board. It's important, then, to know exactly what you're signing up for—and how each test is different.

The new SAT suite of assessments is designed to work together. All of the tests are fundamentally similar, and you can use any one to prepare for any other. That being said, PSAT vs. SAT isn't a perfectly equal matchup: there are some differences—major and minor—between them.

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What Can You Expect on SAT Test Day? A Complete Guide

Posted by Rebecca Safier | Mar 22, 2016 6:00:00 PM

SAT General Info

When test day’s just around the corner, what final steps can you take to feel prepared? This guide will go over exactly what happens on the day you take the SAT so that you don’t have any surprises. 

Read on to learn what will happen at your test center, along with an overview of the materials you need to bring. Finally, we’ll discuss some strategies you can use to deal with nerves and feel confident going into the SAT.

To start, let’s discuss what will happen when you arrive at your test center to take the SAT.

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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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CEEB Code Lookup: Step-by-Step Guide

Posted by Vero Lecocq | Mar 18, 2016 4:00:00 PM

SAT General Info

 

What on earth is a CEEB code anyway? As you may know, it's really just an identification number, though there's a bit more to it than that. So the real question becomes: why do I care about CEEB codes? Well, CEEB codes are the identifiers that help get SAT (and other) data communicated to the correct high schools, colleges, test centers, etc. In fact, they're a crucial part of the SAT process.

Now, while CEEB codes are necessary to register for the SAT and to get your scores reported to the right schools and scholarship programs, most online forms have an automatic CEEB code lookup and fill-in feature that lets you skip that process yourself. There are still a few reasons you might need to look up your CEEB code, though. For instance, not all forms are online, and not all online forms have the auto-fill feature, so you may find yourself in need of that number as you communicate with the College Board or a college.

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