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Allen Cheng

As co-founder and head of product design at PrepScholar, Allen has guided thousands of students to success in SAT/ACT prep and college admissions. He's committed to providing the highest quality resources to help you succeed. Allen graduated from Harvard University summa cum laude and earned two perfect scores on the SAT (1600 in 2004, and 2400 in 2014) and a perfect score on the ACT. You can also find Allen on his personal website, Shortform, or the Shortform blog.

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Best ACT Prep Books 2022

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Posted by Allen Cheng | Nov 11, 2021 12:00:00 PM

ACT General Info, ACT Strategies

There are numerous "Best ACT Books" lists out there. But we think most of them aren't very good or thorough, so I've tried to write a much better guide here.

In this article, you'll learn which books are absolutely critical for your ACT prep, which focus on improving individual sections, and which you'll need if you're aiming for a top score. Most importantly, you'll learn how to use these top-notch ACT prep books for effective studying.

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When Is the Next SAT Test Date?

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Posted by Allen Cheng | Nov 6, 2021 12:00:00 PM

SAT Logistics

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

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When Is the Next ACT Test Date?

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Posted by Allen Cheng | Oct 24, 2021 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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Average SAT Scores by State (Most Recent)

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Posted by Allen Cheng | Oct 24, 2021 12:00:00 PM

SAT General Info

More than a million students across the country take the SAT each year. So what do SAT scores by state look like? How do you stack up against other test takers in your state? Finally, what are some interesting state facts—for example, which state has the highest SAT score? The lowest SAT score? The highest rate of participation?

It's the battle of the states, SAT edition. Find out your state's average SAT scores and other fun facts in this article!

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What Is the Average SAT Score?

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Posted by Allen Cheng | Oct 22, 2021 11:00:00 AM

SAT General Info

If you've taken the SAT, you're probably curious about how your score stacks up against the average SAT scores. There are lots of different ways to look at averages on the SAT. What is the average SAT score overall? How many types of average SAT scores are there? And which SAT score averages are important for you?

We'll answer all of these questions and more to tell you which SAT average scores actually matter for your future. We'll review the most recent data available, from 2021.

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What Are the Easiest Colleges to Get Into? List of 100+ Schools

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Posted by Allen Cheng | Sep 5, 2021 4:23:00 PM

College Admissions

Applying to colleges is stressful. You often don't know whether you've gotten accepted until well after you've submitted your application; therefore, it's useful to have safety schools as a backup. These are colleges you're almost certain that you'd get into if you were to apply.

We've compiled a thorough guide of the easiest colleges to get into in the United States. Find out which schools have the highest admission rates, which ones guarantee admission if you meet certain requirements, and which ones have the lowest average SAT/ACT scores.

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Printable SAT Practice Tests PDFs: 18 FREE Official Tests

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Posted by Allen Cheng | Sep 4, 2021 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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Best SAT Prep Books 2021-2022

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Posted by Allen Cheng | Aug 29, 2021 12:00:00 PM

SAT Strategies, SAT General Info

There are a lot of "Best SAT Books" lists out there, but we think that most of them aren't very good or thorough. As a result, I've tried to write a much better guide here.

In this article, you'll learn which books are absolutely critical for your SAT prep, which books you can use to improve your individual section scores, and which books you'll need if you're aiming for a top score. More importantly, you'll learn how to use these SAT prep books for effective studying.

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Complete Official ACT Practice Tests, Free Links

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Posted by Allen Cheng | Aug 13, 2021 12:00:00 PM

ACT General Info

No matter how you prep for the ACT—whether you have a tutor, take a class, or study by yourself—you must get access to official ACT tests. These tests are released by ACT, Inc. and contain real questions given to actual students on previous test dates. These questions have been removed from circulation (so you won't ever see them on a real test), but their quality is second to none when it comes to ACT realism.

In this post, I'll tell you how to find all currently available official ACT practice tests. Most are free and offer a good way to get your feet wet with ACT prep. We'll also discuss how to use these tests to improve your ACT score.

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When Do ACT Scores Come Out? ACT Score Release Schedule

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Posted by Allen Cheng | Aug 10, 2021 6:00:00 PM

ACT Logistics

You've taken the ACT and are now waiting for your scores. This can be a tense time, but knowing when exactly to expect your ACT results can help you plan ahead.

When do ACT scores come out exactly? In this article, find out when your test scores will become available, how to get your ACT results as fast as possible, and what to do once you have them.

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Printable ACT Practice Tests PDFs: 7 FREE Official Tests

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Posted by Allen Cheng | Aug 7, 2021 2:00:00 PM

ACT General Info

No matter how you prep for the ACT—whether you have a tutor, take a class, or study by yourself—you must get access to official, printable ACT tests. These tests are released by ACT, Inc., and contain real questions given to actual students on previous test dates. Although all of these questions have been removed from circulation (meaning you won't ever see them on the real ACT), their quality is second to none when it comes to realistic ACT practice.

In this post, I'll tell you where you can find all official, printable ACT practice tests with answer keys. I'll also give you key strategies to help you make big improvements on each practice test.

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When Do SAT Scores Come Out? SAT Score Release Schedule

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Posted by Allen Cheng | Aug 7, 2021 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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What Does ACT Stand For? The Complete Story

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Posted by Allen Cheng | Jul 15, 2021 4:00:00 PM

ACT General Info

The ACT is the second-most popular college admissions standardized test in the US, with the number of test-takers close to that of the SAT.

But what does ACT actually stand for, and why does this actually matter? We answer all your questions in this guide.

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The Complete Story: What Does SAT Stand For?

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Posted by Allen Cheng | Jul 15, 2021 4:00:00 PM

SAT General Info

The SAT was first introduced in 1926, and since then it has continued to be a major test for college admissions standardized testing.

But what does SAT actually stand for? To answer that question, we have to look more closely at the history of the SAT. The truth is that the name of the test has changed four times over the past 90 years!

Knowing how the name of the SAT has changed can help you better understand the significance of this major test in the college admissions process. The reasons point to controversies and scandals about the test that have affected how the test is perceived by colleges. Continue reading to find more about the history of the SAT and the reasoning behind the name.

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The Ultimate SAT Study Guide for SAT Prep

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Posted by Allen Cheng | Jul 9, 2021 12:00:00 PM

SAT Strategies, SAT General Info

At PrepScholar, we've written the largest set of high-quality SAT guides available, covering pretty much everything you need to know to improve your score on the SAT. They're all free and online, right here on our blog, and we think they beat any book you can purchase.

This guide, our Ultimate SAT Prep Study Guide, combines our most important SAT guides on one page. If you master all of the concepts linked to on this page, use them in your own practice and studying, and stay motivated to work hard, you'll have an amazing shot at improving your SAT score. Essentially, you'll have a huge advantage over students who don't know this information and lack the motivation to employ it in their own studying.

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