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Should You Buy the ACT Black Book? Expert Review

Posted by Christine Sarikas | Jul 13, 2020 1:30:00 PM

ACT Strategies

The ACT Black Book is a popular ACT prep guide, but because it lacks the name recognition of large test prep companies like Princeton Review and Barron's, many people aren't sure if it's worth purchasing. The ACT Black Book is great for clever strategies to answer questions, but it's not as strong in other areas. So is it right for you, and what should you use the ACT Black Book for? In this in-depth ACT Black Book review, we explain what the book includes, its pros and cons, and who should buy it. Let's dive in!

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ACT Computer-Based Testing: Everything You Need to Know

Posted by Christine Sarikas | Jul 13, 2020 1:00:00 PM

ACT General Info

Have you been told you need to take a computer-based ACT or heard that some people take the ACT on a computer and want to know if it's an option for you? Who is allowed to take ACT computer-based testing, and who is stuck still making sure they have a #2 pencil on test day? We answer all your questions about computer-based ACTs in this guide, including if taking a computer-based ACT will give you a higher or lower score than a paper test, why computer-based ACT is being offered, and how you can prepare for this new version of the test. 

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COVID-19 ACT Test Cancellations and What to Do Next

Posted by Ashley Robinson | Jul 12, 2020 6:00:00 PM

ACT Logistics

As a result of the coronavirus (COVID-19) epidemic, the ACT has cancelled numerous test dates in 2020, including the March, April, and May (and some June) ACT exams. They've also closed some testing centers for the July 18th test date, so not all students will be able to take their scheduled exams at that time, either.

If you're impacted by this ACT test date cancellation, you're probably wondering what's next. Our experts are answering all of your frequently asked questions below.

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My ACT/SAT Test Cancelled Due to Coronavirus. Now What?

Posted by Ashley Robinson | Jul 12, 2020 3:00:00 PM

ACT General Info, SAT General Info

ACT and SAT dates in March, April, May, and June 2020 have been canceled due to COVID-19. Some (but not all!) testing sites have also been closed in July, which means some students may be unable to take their July ACT exam, either.

If you've been caught in these cancellations, you're probably feeling pretty stressed out. When will you get to retake your test? And is there a special process for registering for the SAT after cancellation?

If these unknowns have left you feeling confused about how to handle ACT/SAT score requirements for your college applications, let us help you out. In this article, we'll walk you through what to do after your SAT or ACT test has canceled. We'll explain:

  • How to transfer your registration for a canceled exam
  • How to cancel your registration if you don't want to move your exam date
  • If there are special accommodations for certain groups of students
  • How to choose the right option for you

We'll also go over the available next steps for students who haven't taken the ACT/SAT yet but want to enroll in college in Fall 2020.

We know there can be a lot of anxiety surrounding test scores, but rest assured — you have options!

 

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When Is the Next ACT Test Date?

Posted by Allen Cheng | Jul 12, 2020 3:00:00 PM

ACT Logistics

Here's the most updated info on when the next ACT test is happening and when you have to register.

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The 13 Best Fashion Schools in the US

Posted by Francesca Fulciniti | Jul 11, 2020 10:00:00 PM

College Info

Thinking about entering the fashion industry? You're in for a fun, challenging career path. If you want to be well-prepared to enter any area of fashion—ether it's the design side or the business side—an education at a well-reputed school will definitely be helpful.

Before getting into the list of best fashion schools, I'll talk a bit about why you might want to attend a fashion school and how I compiled these rankings.

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Future Years' SAT Test Dates, Schedules, and Deadlines

Posted by Dr. Fred Zhang | Jul 11, 2020 8:00:00 PM

SAT General Info

Future SAT test dates are only confirmed less than a year in advance, but we at PrepScholar have done the hard work of looking at past test date patterns to predict future SAT test dates and registration deadlines.

For 2020-2021, the official timetable is set in stone. But even though they're more uncertain, we can predict future years like 2022, 2023, and 2024 with decent confidence. These predictions have been updated in March 2020 to reflect the latest possible data.

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When Is the May SAT? Should You Take It?

Posted by Carrie Cabral | Jul 11, 2020 7:51:00 PM

SAT Logistics, SAT General Info

May is a busy month for students with end of year exams, sports, and activities, but there is one more thing you might want to consider: taking the May SAT in your junior year. Taking the May SAT can help you boost your score and be competitive for early action or early decision at your top schools.

In this article, we'll go over everything you need to know about the May 2021 SAT, including registration deadlines, how to register, and when your scores can be expected to come out. We'll also go over some pros and cons to help you decide if this is the right test date for you.

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When Is the March SAT? Should You Take It?

Posted by Hannah Muniz | Jul 11, 2020 7:35:00 PM

SAT Logistics, SAT General Info

Ah, spring. While most students are already celebrating the coming end to the school year, others are busy studying for the March SAT. This raises a critical question: exactly who should take the March SAT? Should you? Or would another test date work better for you and your schedule?

Read on to learn when the upcoming March SAT is, when scores will be released online and to the colleges you chose, and the biggest pros and cons of this popular spring test date.

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Important: Read This Before Sending ACT Scores to Colleges

Posted by Dr. Anna Wulick | Jul 11, 2020 5:30:00 PM

ACT General Info, ACT Logistics


No college application is complete without test scores. But sending scores to colleges doesn't have to be a confusing and frustrating process! Read this article to understand all the options for sending out your ACT scores, to get help with the many decisions you will have to make, and to know what to do if you run into problems.

I'll describe the basic process of how to send ACT scores, how to take full advantage of the ACT's individual score reporting, when to send scores, and how to make sure your scores don't get lost. At the same time, I'll go through the pros and cons of every option and suggest a recommended course of action.

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The 20 Best Video Game Design Schools in the US

Posted by Justin Berkman | Jul 11, 2020 5:00:00 PM

College Info

Are you a gamer who dreams of one day getting paid to create video games? Have you ever played a video game and thought that you could do a better job coming up with the characters, dialogue, or rules? Maybe you should consider studying game design and entering a growing and lucrative field.

In this article, I'll explain game design, provide a list of the best video game design schools, and let you know how to use the list to help you find the right college for you.

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What Is the IB Curriculum? What Are IB Diploma Requirements?

Posted by Dora Seigel | Jul 11, 2020 2:50:00 PM

International Baccalaureate (IB)

If you're reading this article, I assume you know a little bit about the International Baccalaureate (IB) program. If not, I encourage you to read our introductory guide to what this program entails. As a brief refresher, the IB started the program in the 1960s to lead to a rigorous, internationally recognized diploma for entry into universities that students all around the world could earn.

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Complete List of IB Schools in the USA, by State

Posted by Dora Seigel | Jul 11, 2020 1:00:00 PM

International Baccalaureate (IB)

As a former IB student, I highly recommend the IB Diploma Programme. I believe I was far better prepared for college than my non-IB counterparts because I'd been prepared to think critically and globally. If you are a parent or a student interested in enrolling in an IB Diploma Programme, this article is for you.

I've compiled a list of all the IB Diploma Programme schools in the United States and arranged them by state.

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When Do SAT Scores Come Out? SAT Score Release Schedule

Posted by Allen Cheng | Jul 11, 2020 1:00:00 PM

SAT Logistics

The SAT score release dates are always tense for students. Did you get the score 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, and learn the fastest way to check your SAT score.

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The Best SAT Prep Websites You Should Be Using

Posted by Rebecca Safier | Jul 11, 2020 12:00:00 PM

SAT Strategies

The SAT has been around in one form or another since 1901. Through all its changes, probably the most helpful one for you is the rise of free online practice questions and guides covering every aspect of the test.

Rather than having to carry around 400-page practice books like the students of yesteryear (i.e., the 90s), you can use these online resources to prep from anywhere with the Internet. To help you discern high-quality resources from low-quality ones, this guide will break down the SAT prep websites you can use to review content, learn strategies, and find practice questions.

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