SAT / ACT Prep Online Guides and Tips

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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How Should You Spend the Night Before the SAT?

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

SAT Logistics

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

SAT Logistics

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

SAT Logistics, ACT Logistics

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

SAT Logistics, New SAT

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

SAT Logistics

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

SAT Logistics

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

SAT Logistics, SAT General Info


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

SAT Logistics

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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SAT High School Codes and Test Center Codes

Posted by Justin Berkman | Sep 26, 2015 10:00:00 AM

SAT Logistics

When you register for your SAT, you have to submit codes for your high school and test center, the location where you are going to take your SAT. The codes make it easier for the College Board to keep track of the high school and test center of everyone who takes the SAT.

You want to make sure you submit the right codes, since making a mistake can result in your having to take the SAT at a random high school that's far away from where you live or sending your scores to the wrong college.

In this article, I will let you know how to look up SAT high school and test center codes and advise you how to use them properly.
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Can You Take the SAT Online? A Guide to Computerized Testing

Posted by Alex Heimbach | Sep 19, 2015 4:30:00 PM

SAT Logistics

As appealing as the option might sound, you can’t take the SAT online — it must be administered on paper at a designated test center. However, there are a lot of SAT prep resources available online and some alternate testing options for those who are unable to take the test under standard circumstances.

This post will explain when it will be possible to take the SAT on a computer and what that will look like, as well as what resources are open to you in the meantime.

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What Are CEEB Codes? Your Questions Answered

Posted by Alex Heimbach | Sep 18, 2015 5:09:20 PM

SAT Logistics, SAT General Info

Between college applications and standardized testing, you’ve probably heard CEEB codes mentioned at some point during your high school career. You may have even wondered what they were other than mysterious four digit numbers.

This guide will explain everything you need to know about CEEB codes.

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College SAT Requirements: How to Find What SAT Score You Need

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

SAT Logistics, SAT General Info

Maybe you already know your top college choice. Now you want to know what SAT score you need to get into your dream school. Unfortunately, there’s no simple answer. Generally, there is no SAT score requirement that guarantees you admission, especially for the most selective colleges. Conversely, there usually isn’t an SAT score that will automatically disqualify you from admission because schools use holistic admissions. Your application will be evaluated on your GPA, extracurricular activities, recommendations, personal essay, and SAT score.

However, your SAT score will significantly increase or decrease your likelihood of admission, and you can use available statistics to determine the SAT score you need to improve your chances of being able to attend a certain college. Colleges generally say that they don't have SAT requirements, but if you get an 800 and want to go to Harvard, statistically, you have nearly a 0% chance of gaining admission.

In this article, I will discuss SAT score requirements and how your SAT score impacts the college admissions process.

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SAT Rules and Regulations: Don't Make a Mistake

Posted by Justin Berkman | Sep 5, 2015 8:00:00 PM

SAT Logistics, SAT General Info

Because the SAT is such a high stakes test, the College Board has implemented a series of rules to ensure that there is no cheating and that all students have as close to the same test-taking experience as possible. Before you take the SAT, you should familiarize yourself with these rules. It would be a shame to spend months preparing and be in the middle of acing your SAT, only to get kicked out of the test and have your score canceled because your phone was on, and you received a text during the last section. That’s an extreme example, but it's possible. Know the rules so you can protect yourself.

In this article, I will discuss SAT rules, the reasons behind the rules, and the possible consequences for violating SAT rules and regulations.

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