SAT / ACT Prep Online Guides and Tips

How to Use the Bluebook SAT App: Complete Guide

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Posted by Ashley Robinson | Mar 28, 2023 4:00:00 PM

SAT Logistics, SAT General Info


Every student who takes the SAT will access the exam using a digital app called Bluebook starting in 2024. But what is the Bluebook app? How do you set it up and how does it work? 

We’ll answer all of these questions and more to help you learn the ins and outs of using Bluebook before exam day. As a bonus, we’ll also walk you through what’s included in the Bluebook app, the SAT prep materials provided through Bluebook, and give you three tips for practicing for the digital SAT. 

So, let’s get started!

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SAT Test Dates: Full Guide to Choosing (2023, 2024)

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Posted by Dr. Fred Zhang | Mar 23, 2023 9:00:00 PM

SAT Logistics, SAT General Info

The SAT is offered seven times a year, but which SAT test dates will work best for you and your schedule? What essential factors should you consider before creating an SAT schedule? What are the best SAT dates for juniors? For seniors?

In this comprehensive guide, we offer you the most current info on SAT test dates (domestic and international) for 2022-2023. We also give you our top tips for choosing the best SAT test dates for you as well as tons of resources to help you navigate the complicated web of SAT/ACT test dates.

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The Ultimate Guide to the New Digital SAT Format

Posted by Meilee D. Bridges | Mar 21, 2023 10:00:00 AM

SAT General Info

When the College Board rolls out its new digital SAT format in spring 2023 for international students and in March 2024 for U.S. students, it will be one of the most significant changes the company has made to the standardized test in its 97-year history. This major transition is intended to make the exam more equitable and to reduce test-taking anxiety by aligning the format with how students are already learning online.


But what precisely will be changing? There’s much to know beyond the move from analog to digital. In this article, we’ll provide a sneak preview of the new SAT format so you can prepare effectively.


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ACT Test Dates: Full Guide to Choosing (2023, 2024)

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Posted by Dr. Fred Zhang | Mar 20, 2023 2:00:00 PM

ACT General Info

Looking for info on 2022-2023 ACT test dates? Knowing the correct ACT test dates is crucial for a solid test-taking plan. Though you might be tempted to go ahead and register for the next possible test date, what you should really be doing is finding a date that works well for you and your schedule.

In this guide, we offer an overview of upcoming ACT test dates, registration deadlines, and score release dates. We also give you tips on how to choose an ACT test date and go over which test dates work best for juniors, seniors, and more.

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What Is SAT Adaptive Testing? How Does It Work?

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Posted by Ashley Robinson | Mar 16, 2023 3:00:00 PM

SAT General Info



The College Board has released a new, digital SAT. The College Board has said that one of the reasons it developed the digital SAT was to introduce adaptive testing. Adaptive testing allows exams to change in real time based on how well, or how poorly, a student is performing. 

If adaptive testing is unfamiliar to you, don’t panic! We’re here to walk you through the ins and outs of adaptive testing so you’ll be fully prepared for the digital SAT. In this guide, we’ll cover: 

  • What the SAT adaptive test is
  • How adaptive testing works
  • How to create a test prep strategy for SAT adaptive testing
  • Three tips for preparing for adaptive testing

Let’s dive in!

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Ivy Day 2023: What Is It, When Is It, and What to Do Next

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Posted by Hannah Muniz | Mar 8, 2023 12:30:00 PM

College Admissions, College Info

If you've applied or are currently applying to Ivy League schools, you've likely heard the phrase "Ivy Day." Ivy Day, or Ivy Admissions Day, is when all the Ivy League schools announce their admissions decisions for regular decision first-year applicants. This year, Ivy Day is March 30, 2023. 

Keep reading to learn more about what to expect on Ivy Day, how to predict future Ivy Day dates, and what to do with your admissions decision(s) once Ivy Day is over.

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Digital SAT Devices: What Can You Use? Do You Need Your Own?

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Posted by Ashley Robinson | Mar 8, 2023 11:00:00 AM

SAT General Info


With the digital SAT, students will take the exam in a totally new format. The days of the pencil-and-paper SAT booklet are gone…which means you probably have some questions! 

You know, like…how does the digital SAT work? 

Spoiler alert: one of the biggest changes about the digital SAT is that you’ll have to take in on some kind of digital device. But what are the digital SAT approved devices? And how can you access them if you don’t already have one? 

In this guide, we’ll explain how taking the digital SAT works to help you get ready for the new format. We’ll cover: 

  • How the digital SAT works
  • How you’ll take the digital SAT, including answering the question, “What devices can I use on the SAT?”
  • What to do if you don’t have an approved device
  • What happens if you have technical issues during the exam 

Are you ready? Let’s get started!

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Where to Find Digital SAT Practice Tests: Complete List

Posted by Meilee D. Bridges | Mar 6, 2023 10:00:00 AM


In 2022, the College Board announced that the SAT will soon be administered exclusively on a computer. The new digital format of the standardized exam will begin in March 2023 for international students; U.S. students will begin taking the digital SAT in March 2024. After the transition, pencil-and-paper tests will no longer be offered.

The change is a welcome one for many test takers, but how will the new format affect your test prep? One strategy is clear: if you’re planning to take the digital SAT, you’ll want to make sure you’re taking the right kind of practice exams. Let’s take a deep dive into digital SAT practice tests so you’ll be prepared for the online version of the exam.

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The 15 Best Merit Scholarships for College-Bound Students

Posted by Meilee D. Bridges | Mar 3, 2023 10:00:00 AM

Financial Aid


We know that the cost of a college education can seem out of reach for many students. Luckily, there are a number of ways you can reduce the price of your degree, from grants and work-study to student loans. Even better, if you’re an exemplary student, you’ll likely qualify for one or more merit-based scholarships, which are a great way to offset tuition, fees, room, and board.

In this post, we’ll discuss what merit scholarships are and provide a list of the top merit aid programs. We’ll also share our expert recommendations on how to apply so you can maximize your chances of graduating with minimal to no debt. Let’s get started!

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What Is Northwestern CTD? Should You Participate?

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Posted by Ashley Robinson | Feb 18, 2023 9:00:00 AM


During the COVID-19 pandemic, Northwestern University gave its supplemental learning program for children and teens, known as NUMATs, a makeover. Now renamed the Northwestern CTD, this unique and challenging learning experience for gifted learners is back and waiting for you to apply! 

The Northwestern Center for Talent Development (CTD) provides advanced tests to students to find their academic strengths and weaknesses and offers courses to help students prepare for their academic futures. 

In this guide, we’ll answer all of your questions about the Northwestern CTD, including: 

  • What is Northwestern CTD? What do you do in the program?
  • Why should you or your child participate?
  • How do you apply?
  • How much does it cost?

We'll also give you tips for getting in. That way, you’ll have everything you need to get your eligibility materials ready in time for Northwestern CTD Summer 2023. So, let’s get started!

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SAT Changes 2023-2024: What You Need To Know

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Posted by Ashley Robinson | Feb 15, 2023 10:00:00 AM

SAT General Info

In case you haven’t heard, there are some big changes happening to the SAT in 2023 and 2024. As the SAT goes digital, you’ll need to adapt to the new format and structure. 

But in order to adapt to the new and improved SAT, you need to know more about how the exam is changing. In this guide, we’ll walk you through all of the major SAT changes (2023-2024), including: 

  • When the SAT is changing
  • Why the SAT is changing
  • The main changes to the SAT

Let’s begin!

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Should You Participate in the National Student Leadership Conference?

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Posted by Christine Sarikas | Feb 12, 2023 2:00:00 PM


Have you heard of the National Student Leadership Conference (NSLC)? Maybe you've heard that participating in NSLC is a great way to impress colleges, and you're wondering if that's true. Spoiler: If you're considering NSLC because you think it's prestigious, you're in for a rude awakening. Keep reading to learn why.

This guide will go over exactly what NSLC is, what its potential benefits and drawbacks are, and how you can decide if you should participate in one of its programs.

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The National Youth Leadership Forum: Should You Go?

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Posted by Christine Sarikas | Feb 12, 2023 1:00:00 PM


Have you heard of the National Youth Leadership Forum (NYLF)? Perhaps you've heard that attending the NYLF is a great way to improve your chances of getting into top colleges, and you're wondering if that's true or not. Spoiler: If you're considering NYLF because you think it's prestigious, you'd be dead wrong. Keep reading to find out why.

This guide will explain what NYLF is, what its benefits and drawbacks are, and how you can decide whether or not you should participate in it.

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Is the Digital SAT Easier or Harder Than the Paper Version?

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Posted by Ashley Robinson | Feb 10, 2023 10:00:00 AM

SAT General Info

Beginning in Spring 2024, every student who takes the SAT will take the College Board’s new, digital SAT. With the SAT format changing, you probably have lots of questions! Like, is the digital SAT harder? Or is the digital SAT easier? 

We’ll answer all of your questions about the new, digital SAT in this complete guide, including: 

  • How will the SAT change when it goes digital? How will it be different from the pencil-and-paper SAT?
  • Which changes to the exam are likely to be easier? Harder? 
  • How will the digital SAT affect your study plans? 

One of the best ways to prep for the digital SAT is to learn as much about it as possible. So, let’s get started!

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What Is a Merit-Based Scholarship?

Posted by Meilee D. Bridges | Feb 7, 2023 9:00:00 AM

Financial Aid

There’s no denying it: higher education is pricey. As a college-bound student, you might be concerned about how you and your family can pay for tuition, fees, room, board, and textbooks. The great news is that if you’re a high-achieving student, you might qualify for one or more merit-based scholarships.

But what is a merit scholarship? And how do you qualify for this kind of award? In this article, we’ll answer your questions in detail. We’ll also cover how to find these opportunities and some tips for applying so you can put your best foot forward.

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