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SAT Security Protocols: What to Expect on Test Day

Posted by Samantha Lindsay | Oct 7, 2016 7:00:00 PM

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The security of standardized testing materials is critical in preserving the relevance and fairness of the test as a whole. Since so many students around the world take the SAT, it can be difficult to prevent leaks, but the College Board does have many measures in place to keep confidential questions from being released to the public. In this article, I'll go over the specifics of the SAT security measures, explain the most recent breaches in test security, and review what all of this means for you. 

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How to Upload the Perfect SAT Picture: 10 Key Requirements

Posted by Justin Berkman | Sep 2, 2016 6:00:00 PM

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If you're planning to take the SAT, you need to upload a photo of yourself when you register online. Do you know the photo requirements? Did you know that if your picture doesn't meet the SAT photo requirements, you may not be allowed to take the SAT on test day?

In this article, I'll thoroughly explain how to make sure that you use an appropriate SAT picture. Also, I'll let you know how to upload your photo, and finally, I'll give you some important tips to remember so you don't have any unforeseen issues test day.

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What's the Highest New SAT Score Possible?

Posted by Francesca Fulciniti | Jul 1, 2016 4:00:00 PM

SAT Logistics, New SAT

Understanding how the SAT scoring system works is an important part of preparing for the test - how else are you supposed to measure progress and set goals?  The SAT has undergone some recent changes, which means that the scoring system that most people were familiar with has seen a radical overhaul. Here, I’ll cover how the scoring system has changed and what that means for you.

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Which Colleges Require the SAT Essay? Complete List

Posted by Dora Seigel | Jun 11, 2016 8:00:00 AM

SAT Logistics, SAT Essay

Planning to take the SAT? Before you sign up, you need to decide if you’re going to take the test with or without the optional essay. How should you pick? Well, some colleges require that you apply with the SAT with Essay; others don’t care whether you submit an SAT score with or without the essay. In this article, I’ll provide you with a complete list of colleges that require or recommend taking the SAT with the essay.

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Should You Send Old or New SAT Scores? Expert Guide

Posted by Justin Berkman | Jun 4, 2016 8:30:00 AM

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If you've taken the old SAT and the redesigned SAT, you may be wondering which scores you should send to colleges. Should you send all your scores? Should you just send your results from the test with the highest average section scores?

In this article, I'll explain the factors to consider when determining whether you should send old or new SAT scores.

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SAT Test Dates 2018-2019

Posted by Justin Berkman | May 24, 2016 5:00:00 PM

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Here at PrepScholar, we use the best data to inform you about what the testing schedule, registration deadlines, and score release dates will look like in the future. When choosing your test date, you should consider a number of factors — knowing exactly when the test will happen is vital for your planning. (If you're looking for something more recent, here's the information for previous years and for this school year.)

In this article, I’ll give you the the 2018-2019 SAT test dates and go over some factors to think about when picking your test date.

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SAT Test Dates 2017 - 2018

Posted by Justin Berkman | May 24, 2016 4:00:00 PM

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At PrepScholar, we use the best data to inform you about what the testing schedule, registration deadlines, and score release dates will look like in the future. You can see the information for previous years and for 2015-2016. When choosing your test date, there are multiple factors to consider.

In this article, I’ll give you the the SAT test dates for 2017-2018 and explain the factors to think about when picking your test date.

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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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SAT Test Dates 2015 - 2016

Posted by Dr. Fred Zhang | May 10, 2016 12:25:34 PM

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We present the most current information about SAT test dates for the 2015-2016 school year here.  We also link to our top articles that you must read before deciding on a test date.

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When Do SAT Scores Come Out? SAT Score Release Schedule

Posted by Allen Cheng | May 10, 2016 12:07:07 PM

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The dates when SAT scores come out are always tense for students. Did you get the score that you were aiming for? Do you have to take the SAT again? Checking scores immediately when they come out gives you the most time to plan ahead.

In this article, find out when you'll receive your SAT score report depending on your test date. Also find the fastest way to check your SAT score.

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The 11 Best SAT Snacks to Help You Get Through the Test

Posted by Dora Seigel | Apr 23, 2016 8:30:00 AM

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Snacks are one of the most overlooked yet most necessary parts of your SAT planning. Snacks can be an energy fueler, helping you to power through the SAT. However, the wrong snacks can be energy drainers, making you crash during the marathon that is the SAT. In this guide, I’ll talk about the importance of snacks, what makes a good snack and provide 11 SAT snack options. I’ll also let you know what snacks to avoid. 

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Can You Take the SAT After High School? Expert Guide

Posted by Dora Seigel | Apr 16, 2016 5:00:00 PM

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While people associate the SAT with high school students, there are several reasons someone may need or want to take the SAT after high school. But can you take the SAT after high school? Absolutely! I took the SAT this past year as an adult and will be taking it again this May.

In this guide, I’ll cover the reasons you may want to take the SAT as an adult, how to register, how testing is different as an adult, and more advice.

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How Long Does It Take to Send SAT Scores?

Posted by Dora Seigel | Apr 16, 2016 4:00:00 PM

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If you’re applying to college, you need to know the answer to one question: how long does it take to send SAT scores? Knowing this will help you plan when you will take your SAT. You want to make sure that whenever you take the SAT, you have time to get that score sent to your target schools before the deadline. When is your last opportunity to take the SAT if you’re applying Early Decision or Early Action?  When is your last opportunity to take the SAT if you’re applying Regular Decision? I’ll answer these questions and more in this short article. 

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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 Use A Mechanical Pencil on the SAT/ACT?

Posted by Ellen McCammon | Mar 22, 2016 4:00:00 PM

SAT Logistics, ACT Logistics

Some people really prefer mechanical pencils to regular pencils. If you are one of those people, you may wonder if you can use a mechanical pencil on the SAT or the ACT.

The short answer is no, but the long answer is a much more convoluted “Maybe, but I don’t recommend it.” Read on for a breakdown of the official policies for each exam, why this rule exists, the actual reality of mechanical pencils on the exam, my recommendation, and some other important administrative regulations to remember for test day. 

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