SAT / ACT Prep Online Guides and Tips

When Is the Next SAT Test Date?

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Posted by Allen Cheng | Oct 2, 2022 1:00:00 PM

SAT Logistics

Here's a guide on when the next SAT test is happening and deadlines for signing up.

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4 Top Tips for Writing Stellar MIT Essays

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Posted by Hayley Milliman | Oct 1, 2022 3:00:00 PM

College Essays

For the 2021-2022 admissions cycle, MIT admitted about 4% of applicants. If you want to be one of these lucky few, you'll need to write some killer MIT essays as part of your own Massachusetts Institute of Technology application.

In this article, we'll outline the MIT essay prompts and teach you how to write MIT supplemental essays that will help you stand out from the thousands of other applicants.

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4 Tips for Writing a Great UIUC Essay

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Posted by Hannah Muniz | Oct 1, 2022 1:00:00 PM

College Info, College Essays

Thinking of attending the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign? Then you've come to the right place. For this highly-ranked public school, you'll need to submit a personal statement with your application. But what should you include in your UIUC essay to make you stand out?

Read on to learn what the current UIUC essay prompt is and how to write a great UIUC essay. We also show you a real UIUC essay example to give you an idea of what a great statement looks like.

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3 Top Tips for a Stand-Out Cornell Essay

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Posted by Hayley Milliman | Oct 1, 2022 1:00:00 PM

College Essays

For the 2021-2022 admission cycle, Cornell admitted just 9% of their total applicant pool. In order to be one of the students who gets accepted, you need to write amazing Cornell essays as part of your Cornell University application.

In this article, we'll outline the different types of essays you need to write for your Cornell University application and teach you how to write a Cornell supplement essay that will help you stand out from the thousands of other applicants.

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4 Tips for Writing Perfect USC Essays

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Posted by Ashley Robinson | Oct 1, 2022 12:00:00 PM

College Essays

So you have your heart set on going to the University of Southern California. That's great—it's one of the best schools in the country! Unfortunately, that makes it tough to get into: only 12% of applicants are admitted each year.

But don't worry. This guide will teach you everything you need to know to write an outstanding USC Writing Supplement.

We'll answer all of your questions, including the following:

  • What is the USC supplement?
  • What are the questions, and how do I answer them?
  • Are there tips and tricks for knocking your USC essays out of the park?
  • What steps do I take to finish my USC application?

Let's get started!

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4 Tips for Writing Amazing Notre Dame Essays

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Posted by Ashley Robinson | Oct 1, 2022 12:00:00 PM

College Essays

The University of Notre Dame is one of the most prestigious universities in the United States. It attracts the best and brightest students from around the country, and its acceptance rate shows that. For the 2021-2022 school year, they admitted only 15% of applicants. Because most applicants have amazing grades and transcripts, your Notre Dame application essays will be one of the most important ways for you to stand out from the crowd!

This guide will walk you through everything you need to know about writing Notre Dame's application essays. First, we'll give you an overview of the Notre Dame supplement. Then we'll walk you through each essay individually and answer the following questions:

  • What is the essay asking you to do?
  • What makes for a good answer?
  • What are some potential essay topics?
  • Are there pitfalls you should avoid?

And finally, we'll give you four top tips for taking your Notre Dame essays to the next level. So let's get started!

 

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3 Tips for Writing Stellar Yale Supplement Essays

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Posted by Hayley Milliman | Oct 1, 2022 12:00:00 PM

College Essays

Yale admits just over 4% of their total applicant pool every year. If you want to be one of those admitted students, you'll need to write amazing Yale essays as part of your Yale University application.

In this article, we'll outline the different types of essays you need to write for your Yale University application and teach you how to write a Yale supplement essay that will help you stand out from the thousands of other applicants.

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4 Tips for Writing a Stand-Out Why UChicago Essay

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Posted by Christine Sarikas | Oct 1, 2022 12:00:00 PM

College Essays

For students applying to the University of Chicago, the "Why UChicago" essay is more straightforward than most of the other essay prompts you'll see, but it can still be intimidating to try to figure out how you should tackle this essay.

What should you mention? What will impress the admissions team? What are they really looking for in your response?

We break down the "why UChicago essay," explain everything the University of Chicago is looking for in this essay, suggest topics to write about that'll help you stand out, and give why UChicago essay examples to help get your creative juices flowing.

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Predicted National Merit Scholarship Cutoffs for 2022 and 2023 (Updated)

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Posted by Rebecca Safier | Sep 28, 2022 8:30:00 AM

PSAT Info and Strategies

What score do you need on the PSAT to qualify for National Merit distinction? The answer to this question depends on where you live. To achieve National Merit recognition, you need to match or exceed the cutoff score in your home state.

We’ve compiled the National Merit Semifinalist state cutoffs based on the most recent data from the fall of 2021. Before checking out the qualifying scores, let’s discuss how the National Merit Scholarship Corporation (NMSC) determines who is named Commended Student or Semifinalist.

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Ivy League Rankings: What Do They Really Mean?

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Posted by Justin Berkman | Sep 27, 2022 8:00:00 PM

College Info

Ivy League colleges are often viewed as the gold standard of colleges in the US and worldwide. While most people know that all Ivy League schools are good, which are the best Ivy League schools? Now you can find out with our exclusive 2023 Ivy League rankings. Get excited!

In this article, I'll rank the Ivy League schools. Furthermore, I'll describe what makes the Ivy League unique, explain how to find the Ivy League school that's right for you, and give you advice on how to decide whether you should pursue an Ivy League education.

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What's a Good SAT/ACT Score for the Ivy League? What's the Lowest Score I Can Get in With?

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Posted by Dr. Fred Zhang | Sep 27, 2022 12:00:00 PM

SAT/ACT Score Target, College Admissions

Are you aiming to attend an Ivy League school? What ACT/SAT scores do Ivy League universities—Brown, Columbia, Cornell, Dartmouth, Harvard, Princeton, Penn, and Yale—expect? Here, we look at what test scores these eight highly selective schools consider good, as well as what scores are considered borderline.

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The Ultimate Guide to Cal State Schools: How to Pick

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Posted by Justin Berkman | Sep 26, 2022 7:00:00 PM

College Info

The California State University (CSU) system consists of 23 college campuses throughout California. Cal State colleges provide higher education to hundreds of thousands of students from California and the rest of the country and world.

In this article, I will describe the CSU system, profile each of the CSU colleges, and explain how to choose which CSU school to attend.

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What's a Good PSAT Score for a Junior?

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Posted by Rebecca Safier | Sep 26, 2022 4:00:00 PM

PSAT Info and Strategies

The PSAT is an important test on the road to college. Your scores predict how you'll do on the SAT. Plus, top scorers can earn distinctions and scholarships from the National Merit Scholarship Corporation.

So how do you know whether your PSAT scores are good? While what counts as a good score varies depending on your personal goals, we can give a more objective answer to this question by considering PSAT score percentiles. But first, let's review how the PSAT is scored.

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PSAT Score Range: Where Do You Rank?

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Posted by Hannah Muniz | Sep 26, 2022 12:00:00 PM

PSAT Info and Strategies

Although the PSAT and SAT share many similarities, their score ranges are actually pretty different. Unlike the SAT score range, which has a maximum score of 1600, the PSAT score range only goes up to 1520. But why? What are the score ranges for each PSAT section? Also, can you use the PSAT scoring scale to predict your SAT score?

In this article, we'll go over the current PSAT scores range and PSAT score distribution. We'll then compare PSAT score ranges with SAT score ranges before concluding with a list of estimated PSAT score cutoffs for the National Merit Scholarship Program.

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Printable SAT Practice Tests PDFs: 18 FREE Official Tests

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Posted by Allen Cheng | Sep 25, 2022 2:00:00 PM

SAT General Info

In this article, I'll tell you where to find all official, printable SAT practice tests and answer keys. This comprehensive guide gives you access to more SAT practice tests than any other online guide. In addition, you'll learn key strategies that'll help you make big improvements on SAT practice tests you can print out.

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