SAT / ACT Prep Online Guides and Tips

Christine Sarikas

Christine graduated from Michigan State University with degrees in Environmental Biology and Geography and received her Master's from Duke University. In high school she scored in the 99th percentile on the SAT and was named a National Merit Finalist. She has taught English and biology in several countries.

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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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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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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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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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What Is Class Rank? What Is a Good Rank?

Posted by Christine Sarikas | Mar 14, 2018 2:30:00 PM

Coursework/GPA

Have you heard of class rank but aren’t sure what it is? Maybe you want to know why class rank is important or how you can figure out what a good class rank is. And, by the way, what is a good class rank? 

We have answers to all these questions! Read on to learn what class rank is, how schools calculate it, and how it’s important for your future.

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105 Interesting Persuasive Speech Topics for Any Project

Posted by Christine Sarikas | Mar 5, 2018 12:00:00 PM

Other High School, Extracurriculars

Are you struggling to find good persuasive speech topics? It can be hard to find a topic that interests both you and your audience, but in this guide we’ve done the hard work and created a list of 105 great persuasive speech ideas. They’re organized into ten categories and cover a variety of topics, so you’re sure to find one that interests you.

In addition to our list, we also go over which factors make good persuasive speech topics and three tips you should follow when researching and writing your persuasive speech.

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Having a Job in High School Has More Benefits Than Just a Paycheck

Posted by Christine Sarikas | Feb 22, 2018 12:00:00 PM

Other High School, Extracurriculars

Having a job used to be a rite of passage for high school students. They’d put in some hours during the school year and over the summer and often be able to pay for most of their college expenses with the money they earned. However, as today’s current high schoolers are facing piles of homework, pressure to excel on sports teams and clubs, and tuition costs that no entry-level job could ever cover, many people are rethinking the concept of high schoolers working.

Are there still benefits to having a job in high school? Yes. There are many reasons for a high school student today to have a job, and those benefits extend far beyond just a paycheck.

Having a job in high school can not only be a great experience in and of itself, it can also set you up to get even better jobs in college and beyond. In this article, I use my experience of working as a teenager to go over the key benefits of having a high school job. I also end by giving tips on the best jobs for high school students.

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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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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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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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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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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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The National Youth Leadership Forum: Should You Go?

Posted by Christine Sarikas | Jan 24, 2018 1:00:00 PM

Extracurriculars

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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129 Great Examples of Community Service Projects

Posted by Christine Sarikas | Jan 17, 2018 8:30:00 AM

Extracurriculars

Are you interested in performing community service? Do you want examples of service projects you can do? Community service is a great way to help others and improve your community, and it can also help you gain skills and experience to include on your resume and college applications.

Read on for dozens of community service ideas to help you get started volunteering. 

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The 11 Best Architecture Schools for Undergrads

Posted by Christine Sarikas | Jan 11, 2018 12:00:00 PM

College Info

Do you love studying buildings and dream of spending your career designing them? If so, you’re probably wondering where to get the best architecture education. Figuring out which architecture schools are best can be difficult, but we’ve done the hard work and compiled a list of the 11 best undergraduate architecture schools in the United States.

Each of these best schools for architecture has a description that explains what makes it an excellent program, and we also include a list of questions to ask yourself to help you decide which is the best architecture school for you.

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