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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Will the SAT and ACT Go Online as a Result of the Coronavirus?

Posted by Christine Sarikas | May 25, 2020 12:00:00 PM

SAT Logistics, ACT Logistics

Are you concerned that, as a result of the novel coronavirus, you won't be able to take an SAT or ACT this fall? Multiple spring and summer exam dates have already been cancelled as a result of COVID-19, and there's no guarantee that in-person exams will be safe to hold in the fall. What does that mean if you were planning to take one of those tests, especially if you're a high school senior who needs standardized test scores to apply to college?

You may be able to take the ACT or SAT online. While nothing definite has been decided, in this article we go over everything we know about potential online SATs and ACTs, as well as our expert opinion on what online standardized tests will be like, how they'll be viewed by colleges, and if this means the exams will move online permanently.

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Should You Defer College a Year During the COVID-19 Pandemic?

Posted by Christine Sarikas | May 15, 2020 12:00:00 PM

College Info

The COVID-19 pandemic has upended much of the world, and colleges are no exception. Around the world, colleges have sent students home and implemented virtual classes. No more dorm living, cheering for your team at sports games, or meeting new people in the cafeteria. Now, many students are learning via online classes in their parent's homes. And, unfortunately, no one yet knows if the coronavirus will be contained enough to allow campuses to open up in the fall. For incoming college freshmen, this is a huge blow. They already missed out on their final months of high school, along with all that entails such as prom and graduation. Now they might begin their college experience in much the same way. 

For some of these students, the thought of losing even more traditional experiences, such as moving into the dorms with a roommate, joining college clubs, and engaging in classroom debates, is enough to make them consider postponing college until students can return to classes. In fact, if schools don't resume in-person classes, more students than ever before may end up taking a gap year. Currently, 16% of high school seniors are planning to take a gap year rather than virtual classes.

But is deferring college during a pandemic the right decision for you? What factors do you need to consider and what questions do you need to ask yourself before you decide? We go over everything you need to know and think about to make the best decision for you.

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What Is a Priority Deadline for College? Is It Important?

Posted by Christine Sarikas | May 12, 2020 12:00:00 PM

College Admissions

Are you applying to a school that uses priority deadlines and are unsure what that means? What is a priority deadline, and how does it differ from a regular deadline? Do you need to apply by a priority deadline? What happens if you don't? Read this article to learn the answer to each of these questions and understand how to make priority deadlines work for you.

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Which Colleges Aren't Requiring SAT/ACT Scores for 2020 Admissions?

Posted by Christine Sarikas | May 8, 2020 12:00:00 PM

College Admissions

The novel coronavirus has had a massive impact on colleges, and that includes college admissions. Because of stay-at-home orders, virtual learning, and cancelled SAT and ACT exam dates, among other things, many universities are aware that it might be difficult or impossible for incoming high school seniors to take and do well on standardized tests in time for application deadlines.

The result? Dozens of colleges have dropped their SAT and ACT test requirements for the 2020/2021 college admissions cycle. Which schools have cancelled exams? Will they reinstate these test requirements next year? If you're able to take a test, should you still submit your scores? This guide covers all those questions.

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The Best Summer Crafts for Kids: 25 Fun, Easy Ideas

Posted by Christine Sarikas | May 6, 2020 2:00:00 PM

General Education

Whether it's a rainy day or your kids have had enough time in the backyard, summer crafts are a great way to keep them occupied by giving them a fun way to explore their creativity. In this guide, we've compiled 25 of the best summer crafts.

We've organized them into three categories, based on age: summer crafts for toddlers, summer crafts for preschoolers, and summer crafts for kids. However, these groups are just guidelines, as most of these crafts can be done by a variety of age groups. From ice cube sailboats to insect hotels to cactus rock plants, this list of easy summer crafts for kids will be sure to be a hit with everyone!

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BREAKING: SAT Test Date Changes for COVID-19 (Coronavirus)

Posted by Christine Sarikas | May 3, 2020 6:08:00 PM

SAT Logistics, SAT General Info

COVID-19 (also known as the coronavirus) has upended events across the world, and that includes upcoming SAT test dates. Some SAT test dates have been cancelled while the future of other test dates is up in the air, and it makes for a stressful situation for students who need to take the SAT to apply to college. Use this guide to learn the latest information on COVID-19 SAT cancellations, what you should do if you were registered for a cancelled exam, what steps the College Board is taking as a result of the cancellations, and what you should do while you're waiting to take the SAT.

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The 24 Best Backyard Games for Kids to Ensure a Fun Summer

Posted by Christine Sarikas | May 2, 2020 9:00:00 AM

General Education

Your backyard provides endless opportunities for fun, learning and creativity, but coming up with actual backyard games and activities can be tough. We're here to help! In this guide, we've compiled 24 of the best backyard activities and backyard games for kids of all ages to enjoy. Want to take a swing at a water balloon pinata? Create a tiny picnic table for squirrels? Lounge on a giant water blob? We'll tell you how!

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32 Easy Recipes for Kids to Try Cooking

Posted by Christine Sarikas | May 1, 2020 12:00:00 PM

General Education

Cooking is a skill everyone should have, and kids can begin learning the basics at a young age. Doing so can make them more self-sufficient and more likely to make healthier meal decisions throughout their lives. But it's important to choose recipes that match their skill levels, which is where we come in. We've compiled a list of 32 easy recipes for kids, in six categories: breakfast, smoothies, snacks, dinner, vegetarian, and baking.

For each of these cooking recipes for kids, we include a link to the recipe, a brief description of it, the estimated time to make the recipe, and the difficulty level (easy, medium, or advanced). The difficulty levels are based on kids' cooking skills, and even the advanced recipes are doable for children if they have adult help. Let's get cooking!

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57 Fun Creative Writing Prompts for Kids

Posted by Christine Sarikas | Apr 28, 2020 2:00:00 PM

General Education

With many kids learning from home due to Covid-19, easy-to-organize educational activities for students are more important than ever. Writing helps improve students' creativity, communication skills, and ability to focus, among other benefits.

Whether you're a teacher, a parent now homeschooling, or a student looking for something new and interesting to write about, these writing prompts are for you. We've collected 57 writing prompts for students of various ages, from elementary school through high school. From spooky story writing prompts to debating how to improve schools, this article has writing prompts that will appeal to all students.

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How to Study for a Test: 17 Expert Tips

Posted by Christine Sarikas | Apr 27, 2020 12:00:00 PM

Other High School

Do you have a big exam coming up, but you're not sure how to prepare for it? Are you looking to improve your grades or keep them strong but don't know the best way to do this? We're here to help! In this guide, we've compiled the 17 best tips for how to study for a test. No matter what grade you're in or what subject you're studying, these tips will give you ways to study faster and more effectively. If you're tired of studying for hours only to forget everything when it comes time to take a test, follow these tips so you can be well prepared for any exam you take.

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Which Engineering Major Is Right for You?

Posted by Christine Sarikas | Apr 27, 2020 11:00:00 AM

College Info

Thinking about becoming an engineer? First, you’ll need to choose an engineering major! There are many types of engineering, and the specialization you choose will determine the types of classes you take and which jobs you’re most qualified for. In this guide, we discuss everything you need to know about different engineering majors, including the classes you’ll take, the degree you’ll earn, what the hardest engineering majors are, and more. We also go over nine types of engineering majors so you can get a sense of what you’ll learn and what the types of jobs you can get with each specialization. The guide ends with tips for things you can do as a high school student to give yourself the best chance of succeeding as a future engineering student.

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Can You Get SAT Scores Early? How?

Posted by Christine Sarikas | Apr 22, 2020 12:00:00 PM

SAT General Info

Anxious to get your SAT scores back right away? Need your scores to meet a college application deadline? If you’re wondering how to get SAT scores early, we have some bad news: you won’t be able to receive your SAT scores before other test takers. However, there are other options available if you need colleges to receive your SAT scores early. We cover all of them in this guide, along with the exact day you can expect your SAT scores, when colleges will receive your scores, and what your options are if you need early SAT scores.

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How Can a College Counselor Help You?

Posted by Christine Sarikas | Apr 20, 2020 1:00:00 PM

College Admissions

Sifting through glossy college brochures and trying to choose the right schools to apply to can feel overwhelming. Then, once you decide where to apply, you have to navigate each school’s application, wondering if you’re filling questions in properly and what your chances of being accepted are. The good news is, you don’t need to struggle alone! A college counselor can help answer many of your college-related questions, and they’ll use their expertise to advise you on the best college decisions for you. 

Want to learn more about college counselors? In this guide, we’ve answered all your college admissions counselor questions, including every question they can help you answer, who should meet with a college counselor, and what you need to do before you meet with one.

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21 Delightful ACT Memes

Posted by Christine Sarikas | Apr 16, 2020 1:00:00 PM

ACT General Info

The ACT can be a slog. First you have to do all that studying, then spend a bunch of hours taking the test, then wait weeks for your scores to get back. Do you know what makes it better? Memes. This guide contains 21 of the most relatable ACT 2020 memes out there, from the frustration at not being able to use a mechanical pencil to finding out your scores have been delayed. And yes, there is a baby Yoda ACT meme too.

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AP Bio Formula Sheet: What's on It and How to Use It

Posted by Christine Sarikas | Apr 15, 2020 3:00:00 PM

Advanced Placement (AP)

If you're going to be taking the AP Biology exam, we have some good news! During the AP test, you'll have access to a formula sheet full of useful equations and definitions. However, you'll need to have a good sense of what's on the AP Bio formula sheet and how to use it in order for it to be useful to you during the test.

That's where we come in! In this guide, we go over everything you need to know about the AP Bio reference sheet. We'll explain every equation and definition it includes, show you what the formula sheet looks like, go over important information it doesn't contain but that you should know, and give you tips on how to get the most out of it.

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