SAT / ACT Prep Online Guides and Tips

Colleges With Guaranteed Admission for SAT/ACT Scores

Posted by Samantha Lindsay | Feb 15, 2018 12:00:00 PM

ACT General Info, SAT General Info, College Admissions

Some colleges will guarantee admission to applicants who meet certain requirements for test scores and GPA. These schools are good choices for students who are looking for sure bets in the college application process.

In this guide, I've compiled every single school that offers guaranteed admission based on SAT/ACT scores, along with other requirements like residency and GPA. If you're lucky, you'll fit the criteria at one or more of these colleges and be 100% certain of your acceptance if you choose to apply.

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Independent and Dependent Variables: Which Is Which?

Posted by Christine Sarikas | Feb 12, 2018 12:00:00 PM

Other High School

Struggling with independent and dependent variables? This is the guide for you! We go over the definitions of independent and dependent variables so you can clearly understand the differences between the two, give examples of the variables in actual experiments, explain how to properly graph them, and end with one other important variable you need to know.

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SAT II Biology E/M Study Guide: Best Books and Schedule

Posted by Dr. Fred Zhang | Feb 8, 2018 10:00:00 PM

SAT Subject Tests

The SAT II Biology E/M Subject Test is a good choice for students looking at medicine or who want to show off their hard science skills.  But what's the best way to study for the Biology E/M Subject Tests?  What are good books and study schedules? Read this guide to find out!

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Should I Take a Gap Year? 6 Reasons the Answer Is Yes

Posted by Christine Sarikas | Feb 8, 2018 12:00:00 PM

Extracurriculars

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Not excited about the idea of starting another year of school in the fall? What if you could instead take a break from school and spend a year backpacking around Europe, volunteering for a cause you care about, or getting paid to work on a cruise ship? With a gap year all those things possible!

Have you heard of gap years but aren’t sure what they are? Do you know other people taking gap years but aren’t sure if they’re a good idea for you? What are the benefits of taking a gap year anyway? In this guide, I use my own gap year experience to explain the major benefits of gap year programs and why they’re such a great choice for many students. I end with some tips to ensure you get the most out of your own gap year.

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PSAT Practice Tests: Free Questions and Full-Length Tests

Posted by Rebecca Safier | Feb 7, 2018 8:00:00 PM

PSAT Info and Strategies

Why buy a bunch of practice tests when you can find them online for free? To make your search as easy as possible, I've compiled all of the best PSAT practice tests and sample questions available on the World Wide Web.

Read on for ten downloadable official PSAT practice test PDFs, along with eight bonus SAT practice tests. Since College Board has only released two official practice tests for the current version of the PSAT, I'll also explain how you can modify older practice tests to prepare.

Let's get right to it with the first official PSAT practice test pdf for you to download. 

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Should I Take the SAT Essay? How to Decide

Posted by Christine Sarikas | Feb 7, 2018 9:00:00 AM

New SAT, SAT Essay

The SAT underwent some major revisions in 2016, and one of the biggest changes is that its previously required essay is now optional. This can be confusing for some students and parents. Should you take the essay? Will colleges require the essay or not? Will taking the essay make your application stronger?

Read on for answers to all these questions. This guide will explain what the SAT essay is, what the pros and cons of taking it are, and how you can make the best choice for you.

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The Best SAT Vocabulary Practice: Tips and Resources

Posted by Hannah Muniz | Feb 5, 2018 12:00:00 PM

SAT Writing, SAT Reading

A solid vocabulary is essential to getting a high SAT score. But what methods can give you the quality SAT vocab practice you'll need to succeed on test day? After all, just reading a lengthy list of vocab words doesn't necessarily mean you'll know how to use them in a sentence or be able to remember what they mean on during the exam.

We explain how important vocab is on the SAT and how it’s tested. More importantly, we give you our top four vocab study methods as well as our picks for the five best resources to use for quality SAT vocabulary practice. Read on to learn what these are!

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Here’s Exactly What to Do Before a Test

Posted by Hannah Muniz | Feb 2, 2018 12:00:00 PM

Other High School

Whether you’re taking the SAT, the ACT, an SAT Subject Test, the PSAT, an AP exam, a final, or any other test for high school, it's essential to know what to do beforehand so you can give yourself the best shot at getting a high score.

In this guide, we introduce our top 11 tips for what to do before a test, from how to study for a test the night before to how to relax before a test using deep breathing.

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How to Use Khan Academy for ACT Prep: Complete Guide

Posted by Christine Sarikas | Feb 1, 2018 8:00:00 AM

ACT Strategies

Khan Academy has recently partnered with the College Board, the makers of the SAT, to produce free and official SAT prep materials. Unfortunately, there's currently no official Khan Academy ACT prep; however, students can still use Khan Academy’s resources to help them prepare for the ACT.

This guide will go over what materials Khan Academy offers, why you should consider using them, and exactly which resources will be most helpful and which topics you will need to use additional review materials for so that you can be as well-prepared for the ACT as possible.

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How Many Times Can You Take the ACT?

Posted by Rebecca Safier | Jan 31, 2018 6:00:00 PM

ACT General Info

If you keep improving every time you take the ACT, should you take it as many times as you can to get the highest score? Even though you can take the ACT up to 12 times, that doesn't necessarily mean that you should. Let's look at when you should retake the test, and when it's time to pack up and call it a day.

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SAT Percentiles and Score Rankings (Updated 2018)

Posted by Halle Edwards | Jan 31, 2018 4:30:00 PM

SAT General Info

Have you taken the SAT recently and need help deciding whether you should retake the test? Or maybe you haven’t taken the SAT yet but want to develop a target score.

One of the best ways to understand your SAT scores is to understand your SAT score percentiles. You can learn to maximize your study time, find the biggest score gains, and impress your dream school by understanding percentile rankings. Read on for a guide to maximizing your SAT score—and your college admissions chances—by using SAT score percentiles.

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The Ultimate Guide to the AP Statistics Exam

Posted by Christine Sarikas | Jan 31, 2018 12:00:00 PM

Advanced Placement (AP)

Are you taking AP Statistics? If so, you’re likely wondering what to expect from the AP Statistics exam. Before you sit down to take the final test, it’s important to understand how the AP Stats test is formatted, what topics it will cover, and how it’ll be scored.

This guide will explain all of that information, show you official sample problems and give you tips on the best way to prepare for the AP Statistics test. 

In 2018, the AP Statistics exam will take place on Thursday, May 18th at 12:00pm.

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Low GPA but High SAT/ACT: What Should You Do?

Posted by Halle Edwards | Jan 31, 2018 9:30:00 AM

College Admissions

Say you have done the near-impossible, and gotten an amazing SAT score of 2200 or higher or an ACT score of 32 or higher. Many high school students across the country are probably jealous of you!

But what if your GPA is much lower – a 3.0, or even a 2.0? Do you still have a shot at top colleges? What will admissions officers think about you?

Read on to find out what to do with a low GPA, high SAT/ACT score application. That high score could be worth a lot more than you think!

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4 Strategies to Raise Your GPA in High School Fast

Posted by Samantha Lindsay | Jan 31, 2018 9:00:00 AM

Coursework/GPA

It can be difficult to improve your GPA quickly, especially if you’re in the latter half of high school already. With your previous grades working against you, you’ll have to put in even more effort to overcome lower averages.

However, there are some measures you can take to have a better chance of raising your GPA quickly and effectively. In this article, I’ll give you different strategies that may help you raise your GPA even if you don’t have much time left in high school.

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SAT Exact Start Time and End Time

Posted by Rebecca Safier | Jan 30, 2018 6:00:00 PM

SAT General Info

Timing is everything, especially when it comes to the SAT. Besides managing your time on each section of the test, you also have to plan your day around this long exam. 

Since latecomers won't be admitted to the testing room, when should you plan to arrive on test day? For that matter, what time can you breathe a sigh of relief and, all finished with the exam, head back home? This guide will go over the exact start and end times of the SAT so you can plan your schedule for that special SAT-urday.

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