SAT / ACT Prep Online Guides and Tips

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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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

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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 Use A Mechanical Pencil on the SAT/ACT?

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

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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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How Should You Spend the Night Before the SAT?

Posted by Francesca Fulciniti | Feb 26, 2016 8:00:00 PM

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The night before the SAT can be stressful, to say the least. Maybe you’re not sure about the best way to prepare yourself during these final hours - all you know is that you want to do the best you can on the exam.

Well, we’ve made it easy (and stress-free) for you to do what you need to do the night before the test. Here, I’ll lay out everything you should and shouldn’t do before you head to bed in order to ensure your best possible score. Follow these tips - including everything from logistical concerns to exam prep strategies - to wake up confident, refreshed, and ready.

Let’s get started!

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SAT Make-Up Exam on February 20? Here's What to Do

Posted by Allen Cheng | Jan 22, 2016 11:43:47 AM

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Winter has come in the form of Storm Jonas, affecting much of the East Coast. Governors of Delaware, Georgia, Kentucky, Maryland, New York, New Jersey, North Carolina, Virginia, Pennsylvania, Tennessee, West Virginia, and Washington DC declared a state of emergency, and hundreds of SAT test centers closed.

Did YOUR January 23rd SAT test center get closed because of the storm? How do you maximize your score up until your February 20 makeup exam? Find out here.

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Are You Accused of Cheating on the SAT/ACT? What To Do

Posted by Dora Seigel | Nov 11, 2015 11:00:00 AM

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Have you been falsely accused of cheating on the SAT or ACT? What can you do if you're accused of cheating at the test center? What can you do if you're accused of cheating after you get your score?How can you fight it if they have evidence against you? Will you not get into any colleges? What are the best and worst case scenarios? I'll answer all of these questions below.

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Class of 2017: New SAT or Old SAT? (Updated)

Posted by Dr. Fred Zhang | Nov 5, 2015 7:26:21 PM

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The Class of 2017 is in a tough spot on the SAT.  Should you take the new SAT or old SAT?  If you take the new SAT, you would be the guinea pigs for a totally new system; if you take the old one, you have a tighter schedule.  How does it break down?

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Old SAT Scores: How To Get and Use Them

Posted by Justin Berkman | Oct 2, 2015 6:00:00 PM

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Did you graduate from college years ago and now a prospective employer is asking you for your SAT score? Did you take time off after high school, and now you have to send your SAT scores to colleges? 

In this article, I will explain how to get and use old SAT scores. I’ll walk you through the process of retrieving old scores and discuss how to present them to prospective employers.

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Missing SAT Scores: How to Check SAT Scores

Posted by Dr. Anna Wulick | Oct 2, 2015 5:00:00 PM

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I don’t know what the number one most stressful college application drama is, but a list of the top three has got to include missing SAT scores. You’ve invested time, energy, and maybe even a little of your sanity into reaching your SAT goal, so it’s totally reasonable to be rattled by this kind of curveball.

But before you panic, read this article to troubleshoot some of the most common reasons that SAT scores go missing. I will talk about what to do if you yourself can't find your scores, as well as what to do if the college you're applying to says your scores are missing.

Either way, most likely, you’re looking at a pretty simple problem with a pretty painless solution.

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Important: Read This Before You Send SAT Scores to Colleges

Posted by Dr. Anna Wulick | Sep 27, 2015 9:00:00 AM

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No matter how stellar your transcript, no matter how mastered your extracurricular activities, no matter how lyrical your essay, no application is complete without your SAT scores.

So how do you make sure your SAT scores are sent properly, at the right time, and with only those scores you are most proud of? Read on for our best advice on the decisions you'll be faced with and what to do in case something goes wrong.

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Private SAT Testing Sites and Testing Closer to Home

Posted by Christine Sarikas | Sep 27, 2015 8:00:00 AM

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Are you trying to register for the SAT but can't find any testing centers close to where you live? What should you do?

College Board, the corporation that develops and administers the SAT, offers a way for students to take the SAT at a location closer to them, called “testing closer to home.” Read on to learn more about this special accommodation, its benefits and drawbacks, and how to apply for it.

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SAT College Codes and School Codes for Score Reports

Posted by Christine Sarikas | Sep 26, 2015 11:00:00 AM

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If you’ve taken the SAT or will be taking it, you may have heard of something called SAT college and school codes and wondered what they are.

This guide will explain everything you need to know about SAT college and school codes: what they are, why they’re important, and when you’ll need to use them.

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