SAT / ACT Prep Online Guides and Tips

The Best SAT Diagnostic Test

Posted by Christine Sarikas | Apr 26, 2018 12:00:00 PM

SAT Logistics, SAT General Info

If you’re preparing for the SAT, you may know how important it is to take a diagnostic test early on in your studying. An SAT diagnostic test will give you a baseline score you can use to develop an individualized study plan that’ll target your weaknesses and help you reach your target SAT score.

In this guide, we’ll explain what an SAT diagnostic test is, where you can find the best free SAT diagnostic tests, and exactly how you can use every piece of information you get from the diagnostic test to create the best SAT study plan for you.

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The 8 ACT English Tips You Must Use in Your Prep

Posted by Justin Berkman | Apr 19, 2018 12:00:00 PM

ACT English

The ACT English section can feel a bit overwhelming. You have to answer 75 questions in 45 minutes. You have to know and understand grammar rules. You have to analyze phrases, sentences, paragraphs, and whole passages. It can be scary stuff.

If you can focus on a few basic tips, you can simplify the ACT English section and feel more confident when attempting to slay the ACT English beast. Whether you spend ample time diligently studying for the ACT or start your ACT preparation the night before the test, remembering these tips for the ACT English section will be beneficial on test day.

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15 Last Minute SAT Tips You Should Remember

Posted by Samantha Lindsay | Apr 18, 2018 6:00:00 PM

SAT Strategies

You only have a couple days before the SAT (or maybe less than a day!), and you’re determined to ace this test! Whether you're looking for last-minute study tips, advice on how to prepare the day of the test, or test-taking strategies to maximize your scores, I've got you covered. 

Here are a bunch of handy last minute SAT tips that will help you stay focused and raise your scores.

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What Is (and Isn't) on the AP Statistics Formula Sheet?

Posted by Christine Sarikas | Apr 16, 2018 12:00:00 PM

Advanced Placement (AP)

If you’re going to be taking the AP Statistics exam, you’re in luck! During the test, you’ll have access to a formula sheet that has many useful equations. However, you need to know exactly what’s on the AP Statistics formula sheet and how to use it before test day in order for it to be helpful.

In this guide, we go over everything you need to know about the AP Stats formula sheet. We’ll explain the exact equations that it includes, show you what the formula sheet looks like, go over a few important equations it doesn’t contain, and give you tips on how to get the most out of it.

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The 14 ACT Grammar Rules You Must Know

Posted by Justin Berkman | Apr 13, 2018 8:30:00 AM

ACT English

The ACT English section consists of questions that test your knowledge of grammar and writing style. By learning and understanding the grammar rules tested on the ACT, you'll be well on your way to getting an excellent ACT English score. In this article, I'll explain the most important ACT English grammar rules and provide sample questions from real ACTs.

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Are AP Classes Worth It? Should You Take Them?

Posted by Halle Edwards | Apr 12, 2018 7:00:00 PM

Advanced Placement (AP)

If you're in high school, you've probably heard about AP classes. You might have even taken some already. But is all the hard work that goes into an AP class actually worth it?

We think AP classes can be a great choice for students, as long as you’re well prepared, get a lot out of the class, and align your schedule to work with your college goals. However, AP classes might not always be the best choice. Keep reading to learn when AP classes are a good idea and when they're wasting your time—as well as what steps you must take to build an optimal schedule.

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6 Critical AP Exam Tips to Ace Your Tests

Posted by Ellen McCammon | Apr 12, 2018 12:00:00 PM

Advanced Placement (AP)

The most important thing you can do to maximize your chances of getting a 5 on an AP exam is to learn the material. However, it is a standardized test, and there are strategies you can use to maximize your chances of success and make sure your hard work pays off. Keep reading for my top AP exam tips!

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4 Top Tips for AP Statistics Free-Response Questions

Posted by Christine Sarikas | Apr 9, 2018 12:00:00 PM

Advanced Placement (AP)

The free-response section is usually the most intimidating part of the AP Statistics exam. You’ll need to answer questions with multiple parts, show off your stats skills, and be able to explain each of your answers. However, once you understand the types of questions you'll be asked, the free-response section is actually pretty straightforward.

In this in-depth guide to the AP Statistics free-response section, we go over the types of questions you can expect to see, give sample questions with complete answer explanations, explain how you’ll be graded, and provide tips to help you ace this section of the exam.

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14 Last Minute ACT Tips You Should Use

Posted by Samantha Lindsay | Apr 5, 2018 12:00:00 PM

ACT Strategies

Wondering what you can do to boost your performance on the ACT with only a couple days to prepare?

Here are some last minute ACT tips that will help raise your scores and keep you at your best during the test.

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The 5 Best ACT Prep Games

Posted by Ellen McCammon | Apr 5, 2018 9:00:00 AM

ACT Strategies

 
There’s a new craze in test prep: games. Vocab games, math games, reading games— you might think you could study for the entire ACT with just ACT prep games!
 
Unfortunately for you, this is not really true. The majority of ACT practice games are either downright bad or just far less helpful than completing actual ACT practice questions.  

In this article I’ll discuss the prep game trend, explain why most prep games aren’t so great, present some criteria on what makes a good ACT prep game, offer some game recommendations, and lend advice on how to incorporate them into your studying.

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10 Best Interior Design Schools in the US

Posted by Francesca Fulciniti | Apr 4, 2018 4:00:00 PM

College Info

An education in interior design is getting more and more important for aspiring professionals in the field. In many states, you can’t call yourself an interior designer unless you have a license or a certain level of education.

If you’re thinking about becoming an interior designer, you’ll want to know about the best interior design schools you can attend in the US. Whether you want to work on residential or commercial design, the following programs will prepare you well for your future career as an interior designerBefore getting to the rankings list, I’ll briefly go over what makes interior design programs unique. 

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The Best AP Biology Study Guide

Posted by Samantha Lindsay | Apr 4, 2018 8:00:00 AM

Advanced Placement (AP)

Studying for AP Biology is a big undertaking, and it can seem pretty overwhelming at first. However, if you get an early start and have the right strategies and tools at your disposal, you stand a strong chance of getting a great score on the test. In this complete AP Biology study guide, my goal is to provide you with all the resources you need to carry out a focused, effective study plan. I'll provide you with all the information you need to begin your journey to a 5 (nope, it's not too ambitious!). 

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ACT Rules and Regulations: What You HAVE to Know

Posted by Justin Berkman | Apr 2, 2018 12:30:00 PM

ACT General Info, ACT Logistics

Because the ACT is such a high-stakes test, the folks at ACT, Inc. have implemented a series of rules to ensure that there is no cheating and that all students have as close to the same test-taking experience as possible.

Before you take the ACT, you should familiarize yourself with these important rules. You don’t want to start using some scratch paper that you brought and then be dismissed from the test and have your score canceled. Know the rules so you don’t find yourself in such a situation.

In this article, I’ll explain the rules for the ACT and the consequences for breaking them.

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The 5 Best AP Statistics Review Books to Prep for the Exam

Posted by Christine Sarikas | Apr 2, 2018 12:00:00 PM

Advanced Placement (AP)

If you’re preparing for the AP Statistics exam, a prep book can be your best tool to help you reach the score you’re aiming for.

However, not all prep books are created equal. In this guide, we go over the top five AP Statistics review books out there and give advice on whom each of them is best for. We also explain what you should look for in an AP Statistics book and how to make the most of your prep book during your studying.

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How to Stop Running Out of Time on SAT Math

Posted by Courtney Montgomery | Mar 29, 2018 12:00:00 PM

SAT Math

The SAT is designed to be taken by every high school student in the country, which means it can only test math concepts that every student has had experience with. The way the creators of the test make it hard is by presenting questions in unusual ways—ways that you never see in your math classes—and by putting you on a strict time crunch.

If you've ever started freaking out at the end of an SAT Math section, unsure how you're ever going to get through the entire section, you know exactly what we mean.

But don't despair! In this guide, we'll walk you through the timing of the test and teach you how to beat the clock and maximize your time on the SAT.

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