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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ACT Scoring Error: Did You Get Someone Else's Scores by Mistake?

Posted by Christine Sarikas | Oct 2, 2017 11:00:00 AM

ACT General Info

Did you take the ACT and get a lower score than you expected? Do you think there may have been a scoring error? Maybe you filled in a section incorrectly or your exam wasn’t graded properly? Scoring errors on the ACT are rare, but they are possible, and there are ways to identify and correct these errors.

This guide will go over the steps you need to take in order to verify your scores, as well as what you should do to improve your score on future ACTs if there was no grading error.

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PSAT Test Dates 2018

Posted by Christine Sarikas | Sep 23, 2017 4:00:00 PM

PSAT Info and Strategies

Will you or your child be taking the PSAT in 2018? Are you wondering what day the exam will be held? The PSAT is different from other standardized tests, such as the SAT and ACT, because you cannot choose which day you’d like to take the exam.

When will this test date be? What if you can’t make it? This guide will answer both those questions, as well as explain the importance of PSAT scores, when you can expect to receive your scores, and how you can prepare for the exam.

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7 Steps to a Successful Georgetown Application

Posted by Christine Sarikas | Aug 25, 2017 12:00:00 PM

College Admissions

Georgetown University is one of the most selective universities in the country; less than 17% of students who apply there get accepted. However, understanding the application and what Georgetown admissions officers are looking for when they review your application can give you a serious leg up over the rest of the competition.

In this guide, we go over everything you need to know about the Georgetown University application, including what you need to submit, every Georgetown application deadline, what admissions officers are looking for when they review applications, and how you can make each key part of your application stand out from the pack.

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The Expert's Guide to the AP Calculus AB Exam

Posted by Christine Sarikas | Jun 7, 2017 8:00:00 PM

Advanced Placement (AP)

Are you taking the AP Calculus AB exam this spring and want to be well prepared on test day? The AP Calculus AB exam in 2018 will be held Tuesday, May 15th at 8 AM.

Before you sit down to take the final exam, it’s critical to know how the test is formatted, what topics it will cover, and how you’ll be scored. This guide will go over all of that information, as well as show you official sample problems and give you tips on the best way to prepare for AP Calculus AB. 

The exam has undergone recent updates that were first implemented on the May 2017 exam, so this guide will also explain what changes have been made and how they affect your review. The AP Calculus AB exam can sometimes seem overwhelming, but this guide will break it down into clear and manageable information. Let’s get started!

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Can You Reschedule Your SAT Date? Should You?

Posted by Christine Sarikas | May 29, 2017 12:00:00 PM

SAT Logistics, SAT General Info

What should you do when you’ve already registered for an SAT test date, but you have a schedule conflict or just aren’t ready to take the SAT yet? Never fear! SAT rescheduling is an option!

If you’re wondering how you can reschedule your SAT, this guide has all the answers you need about SAT change date procedures. We’ll explain what it means to reschedule SAT test dates, how late you can reschedule, how much it will cost, and we’ll walk you through each step of how to change SAT test dates.

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The Best SAT Online Practice Tests and Questions

Posted by Christine Sarikas | Apr 13, 2017 12:00:00 PM

SAT General Info

Good preparation is key to feeling confident and scoring well on the SAT, and the good news is that you have access to tons of SAT study resources right on your laptop or smartphone! There are lots of online SAT practice tests and quizzes available, but it can be tough figuring out which are the best to use.

Because of that, we’ve created a guide that compiles all the best online SAT practice materials, from official practice tests to targeted quizzes and websites designed to help you understand tricky concepts the SAT tests. And, best of all, all of these resources are free! After reading this guide, you’ll know which online SAT practice materials to use and the best way to use them to get a top score, so let’s get started!

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What Subjects Are on the SAT?

Posted by Christine Sarikas | Jan 15, 2017 9:00:00 AM

SAT General Info

Are you taking the SAT soon or beginning your preparations but aren’t sure what’s on the test? You may know that there’s math, some reading, and maybe an essay you need to write, but what subjects are on the SAT, exactly?

In this guide, we’ll break down the subjects you need to know to do well on each section of the SAT as well as explain what SAT Subject Tests are, how they're different from the regular SAT, and who needs to take them. We'll end with tips you should follow when studying for the SAT.

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How to Study for SAT Subject Tests: 5 Expert Tips

Posted by Christine Sarikas | Dec 17, 2016 9:00:00 AM

SAT Subject Tests

Are you taking an SAT Subject Test soon and want to know how to be well-prepared on exam day? You've come to the right place! In this guide, I explain everything you need to know about how to study for SAT subject tests, including which exam (or exams) you should take, the five most important steps for preparing for a Subject Test, and additional tips to help you maximize your score.

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ACT Syllabus: What’s on the Exam and How to Prep

Posted by Christine Sarikas | Dec 17, 2016 8:00:00 AM

ACT General Info

Are you preparing for the ACT but aren’t sure which topics the exam covers? We’re here to help! This guide will give you an in-depth look at the ACT syllabus and explain exactly what you can expect to see on the test. 

For each of the five ACT sections, I’ll explain the format of the section, the types of questions you’ll see, and the skills that section tests. Afterward, I’ll also go over the top three tips you need to know when studying for the ACT to help you achieve your highest score.

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SAT Syllabus: What’s on the Exam and How to Prep

Posted by Christine Sarikas | Dec 3, 2016 8:00:00 AM

SAT General Info

Are you taking the SAT soon but aren’t sure what to expect? Not to worry! This guide will give you an in-depth look at the SAT syllabus and what to expect on the exam.

For each section of the SAT, I’ll explain the format of the section, the types of questions you’ll see, and the skills it tests. At the end of this guide, I'll also go over the top tips you need to know when preparing for the SAT to help you achieve your highest score.

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How to Use Khan Academy for ACT Prep: Complete Guide

Posted by Christine Sarikas | Oct 28, 2016 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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11 Beautiful Blue Gemstones You Need to See

Posted by Christine Sarikas | Sep 2, 2016 4:19:00 PM

Out of all the rainbow of colors gemstones can come in, blue gemstones are the most popular. There are a huge variety of blue gems, from delicate pale aqua to richly saturated dark blue. Some stones are pure blue, while others include shades of violet, green, white, or gold.

This guide explores 11 of the most popular and beautiful gemstones. Each of these blue gemstones includes a chart with important characteristics, as well as average prices for each gemstone, how it is used in jewelry, and how it's unique from other blue gemstones.

If you are interested in purchasing a blue gemstone or jewelry that includes a blue gemstone but aren't sure which type of stone to buy, our guide will help you easily compare different blue stones. At the end of this guide, there is also a section on how to choose the best blue gemstone for you.

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Every AP Calculus AB Practice Test Available: Free and Official

Posted by Christine Sarikas | Aug 26, 2016 5:00:00 PM

Advanced Placement (AP)

One of the best ways to prepare for the AP Calculus AB exam, as well as stay on top of things in class throughout the year, is to take regular practice tests. Taking practice tests lets you estimate how well you’ll do on the AP exam, shows you the areas you need to focus your studies on, and helps you become more familiar and comfortable with the format of the AP exam.

There are a ton of AB Calc practice tests available, however; not all of them are created equally, and taking a poorly written practice test can give you a false idea of what the real AP exam will be like and cause you to study the wrong things.

You can avoid this by reading this guide to AP Calculus AB practice tests. I’ll go through every AP Calculus AB practice exam that’s available, tell you which are highest-quality, and explain how you should use practice tests when preparing for the AP exam as well as throughout the year.

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Every AP Statistics Practice Test Available: Free and Official

Posted by Christine Sarikas | Aug 12, 2016 6:00:00 PM

Advanced Placement (AP)

Are you taking the AP Statistics exam soon and want to make sure you’re prepared? One of the best ways to measure your progress and figure out which areas you need to focus on is to take practice exams. There are a lot of AP Statistics practice exams available; however, some are higher-quality than others. Taking a poorly written practice exam can cause you to study the wrong things and give you an inaccurate picture of what the real AP exam will be like.

In this guide, I’ll go over every AP Statistics practice test available, explain if and how you should use each one, and end with a schedule you can follow to help you incorporate practice tests into your study plans.

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The Best AP Environmental Science Notes to Study With

Posted by Christine Sarikas | Aug 5, 2016 5:00:00 PM

Advanced Placement (AP)

It can be a challenge to study for any AP test, AP Environmental Science included. Because this class covers so many different areas, including science, law, and current events, it can be tough to keep your notes straight. Whether you’re missing some notes or you want them organized more clearly, this guide is for you.

I’ve put together a list of links to AP Environmental Science notes and vocabulary that you can easily browse through to supplement your studying. I’ll also go over how to use these notes and end with tips to help make your studying more effective.

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