SAT / ACT Prep Online Guides and Tips

10 Genius Tips for Balancing Test Prep With School

Posted by Justin Berkman | Jun 10, 2016 6:00:00 PM

SAT Strategies, ACT Strategies

Getting your SAT/ACT dream score will likely take a considerable time investment. The vast majority of high school students have to spend many hours of studying before they're able to get their desired score. However, your time is limited. You have school, homework, studying, and extracurricular activities. How will you be able to put in the necessary test prep time on top of your other responsibilities?

In this article, I'll let you know how you can balance SAT/ACT test prep with school. If you follow my advice, you'll be able to effectively incorporate test prep into your schedule.

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The Best Way to Study for the SAT: 4 Ultimate Tips

Posted by Justin Berkman | May 5, 2016 8:00:00 AM

SAT Strategies

If you aspire to get an amazing SAT score and improve your chances of getting into the college of your dreams, you need to know the best way to study for the SAT. If you don't have a definitive study plan and you don't study efficiently, even if you put in tons of study time, you won't be able to maximize your score.

In this article, I'll explain all of your study options and let you know how to figure out which ones to use. Furthermore, I'll give you essential study tips for your SAT prep.

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How to Study for the SAT

Posted by Vero Lecocq | Apr 17, 2016 9:00:00 AM

SAT Strategies

The SAT is an extremely important test for those planning to attend college. It's definitely not one to neglect or ignore until the last minute. Preparing for the exam is the only way to make sure you're doing your best on test day. 

Well, that's all well and good, but how exactly do you study? It's easy to feel overwhelmed by the prospect, or else overloaded by information from from a number of different sources all claiming to have "the answer" to every one of your testing woes.

Read on for my very best suggestions on how to study for the SAT, based on my extensive experience as a tutor. I'll cover each step you need to take to improve, from finding the best practice tests, to setting a goal, to fine-tuning your section strategies. After reading, you'll know exactly how to prepare for the SAT.

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Process of Elimination on the SAT: 11 Key Tips

Posted by Ellen McCammon | Apr 14, 2016 10:00:00 PM

SAT Strategies

With the guessing penalty eliminated for the redesigned SAT, you should guess on any question you can’t answer, because you won’t be penalized for wrong guesses. However, that doesn’t mean that guessing completely randomly is a good idea. You should always use the process of elimination as much as you are able to increase your chances of getting the right answer.

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The 6 Best SAT Prep Games

Posted by Ellen McCammon | Apr 14, 2016 7:00:00 PM

SAT Strategies

You may have heard of a new trend in test prep: games. That’s right—studying for your SAT by playing computer (and even phone) games! 

If this sounds too good to be true, that’s because it is. Most of the SAT prep games out there are pretty bad. However, there are a few games that may genuinely help you with some aspects of your test prep experience—although they won’t do much other than supplement your more typical studying activities like taking practice tests and doing practice problems.

In this article I’ll break down the SAT prep game trend, explain why most prep games won’t help you, describe what makes a good prep game, offer some recommendations for games that will help you, and offer some advice on how to use them.

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How to Get the Most Out Of Khan Academy SAT Prep

Posted by Christine Sarikas | Apr 10, 2016 8:30:00 AM

SAT Strategies, New SAT

The College Board has recently partnered with Khan Academy to provide free SAT prep resources. There are a lot of resources offered, and they can be a great help if you know how to use them correctly.

This guide will explain exactly what prep materials Khan Academy offers, what they’re best for, when you should rely on other prep materials, and tips for getting the most of out Khan Academy's resources.

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Can You Use Old Practice SATs to Study for the New SAT?

Posted by Ellen McCammon | Apr 6, 2016 10:00:00 PM

SAT Strategies


Since the SAT has just been redesigned, you might feel like there aren’t very many practice questions around for you to use. The College Board has released four free practice tests, but once you get through those, what should you do?

You might be wondering if you can use old SAT practice tests to study for the new SAT. The answer is yes, you can! I will show you how.

Read on to see why you would want to use old practice tests, what practice tests won’t do for you, and then a how-to guide on the most effective way to use old tests to prep for each section. Finally, I’ll also briefly discuss using the ACT for new SAT prep, since the tests are surprisingly similar.

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How to Overcome SAT/ACT Test Anxiety

Posted by Vero Lecocq | Apr 3, 2016 8:00:00 AM

SAT Strategies, ACT Strategies

We've all experienced nerves before an important evaluation, but for many of us the anxiety is much, much worse than a few simple jitters

By all accounts, a significant percentage of students experience some level of test anxiety, ranging from significant but livable symptoms to the most severely debilitating manifestations.

Dealing with any level of test anxiety during the SAT or ACT is, at its best, the opposite of fun. This guide will explain what test anxiety is, why it happens, and what you can do to manage it

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11 Things You Must Avoid During SAT Practice Tests

Posted by Dora Seigel | Apr 1, 2016 8:00:00 PM

SAT Strategies

Are you preparing for the SAT by taking practice tests? Awesome! You’re on the right track! How can you ensure that you’re getting the most out of each practice test you take? You need to make sure you’re taking each practice test under realistic testing conditions. What’re you doing (maybe subconsciously) that’s ruining your realistic testing conditions? 

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SAT / ACT Prep Strategies If You Have a Low Test Score but High GPA

Posted by Dr. Fred Zhang | Mar 23, 2016 9:00:00 AM

SAT Strategies, ACT Strategies

Do you have a high GPA, perform well in school, but can’t seem to do well on the SAT / ACT? This is a common pattern, and there are certain strategies that work especially well for you. First, we'll figure out why this is happening to you, and, depending on the reason, suggest ways to improve your SAT / ACT score. Second, we’ll go over what a high GPA but low SAT / ACT score signals to colleges and how to counter that signal.

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How to Get a Perfect 1600 SAT Score, by a 2400 Expert Full Scorer

Posted by Allen Cheng | Mar 12, 2016 5:10:00 PM

SAT Strategies

Updated for the New 2016 SAT!

The maximum score on the SAT is a 1600. Out of the 1.7 million students who take the test every year, only about 300 get the highest possible SAT score. This elusive perfect score catapults you to the top of high school academic achievement and can be a big boost to your college applications.

I scored perfect scores on the SAT. I actually scored two perfect scores - a 1600 in 2004 when I was in high school, and a 2400 in March 2014 when I took it 10 years later.

Most of the advice out there about how to get a perfect score come from people who didn't get perfect scores. In this exclusive article, I'll be breaking down exactly what it takes, and the ruthless techniques I used to get a perfect score.

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Average SAT & ACT Scores by State (Participation Adjusted)

Posted by Dr. Fred Zhang | Mar 6, 2016 9:00:00 AM

SAT Strategies, ACT Strategies

Participation rate has a huge impact on state average SAT / ACT scores. In any state, the top students on the SAT/ACT are those most eager to take it, so states with low participation rates have artificially higher SAT / ACT scores.  Here, we use advanced statistical methods to adjust for participation rate to get at the real ranking of states by their real SAT and ACT scores. 

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Khan Academy SAT Will Never Be Enough - Here's Why

Posted by Allen Cheng | Feb 24, 2016 9:00:00 AM

SAT Strategies, SAT General Info, New SAT

With the new 2016 SAT, Khan Academy has partnered with the College Board to create a free SAT prep program.

All things considered, Khan Academy's SAT prep program is high quality. It's a great introduction to the test and elevates the bar of free SAT materials. Students unable to afford books or prep programs have a useful resource to train for the test.

But it's not complete.

There's still a lot missing from the Khan Academy SAT program that can prevent you from getting the highest score possible.

In this review, you'll understand what exactly is wrong with the Khan SAT program – and why the partnership with the College Board means these problems will never be fixed. If you plan to use the Khan Academy SAT program, this will show you what you're missing.

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The Secret to Getting a Perfect SAT / ACT Score: All Questions Are Analytical

Posted by Dr. Fred Zhang | Feb 21, 2016 9:00:00 AM

SAT Strategies, ACT Strategies

It seems obvious that each ACT / SAT question must have exactly one answer, and this answer must be clearly and objectively correct. However, as we’ll explain below, that simple fact alone disqualifies vast swaths of reasonable questions that you otherwise see in everyday tests at school.  This obvious fact also leads to a little-known secret that, when applied correctly, guarantees the cracking of each question. You don’t have to trust me -- read through this guide and ask any perfect or near-perfect scorer. They’ll agree on the secret.

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Extracurricular Strong Students: College Admissions and SAT / ACT Strategies

Posted by Dr. Fred Zhang | Feb 20, 2016 9:00:00 AM

SAT Strategies, ACT Strategies

Do you have great extracurriculars?  Maybe you’re captain of the football team or president of a top debate team.  Your approach to college admissions will be quite different than a typical student’s, and your SAT / ACT prep process should be uniquely tailored to you.  In this article, we talk about what unique opportunities you have in test prep and what traps you should avoid.

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