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Dora Seigel

As an SAT/ACT tutor, Dora has guided many students to test prep success. She loves watching students succeed and is committed to helping you get there. Dora received a full-tuition merit based scholarship to University of Southern California. She graduated magna cum laude and scored in the 99th percentile on the ACT. She is also passionate about acting, writing, and photography.

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The Only Actual Science You Need to Know for ACT Science

Posted by Dora Seigel | Dec 22, 2019 11:30:00 AM

ACT Science

While you may have been told you need zero science knowledge to answer any ACT Science questions, this is NOT true. There are typically around four questions per test that you cannot answer without previous background knowledge. That's the difference between a 31 and a 36 on the Science section!

In this article, I will give an overview of the 18 topics that will NOT be explained in the ACT Science passages that the ACT expects you to know. The ACT assumes you know these topics from school and science class. To gather this info, I dissected dozens of previous ACT Science test sections to find the concepts you have to know. As far as we can tell, we're the only ones who have taken the time to research this.

If you've gotten bad grades in science classes in school, this article will give you a refresher on the only concepts you need to know.

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Colleges With the Lowest ACT Scores, Ranked

Posted by Dora Seigel | Dec 8, 2019 5:00:00 PM

College Info

The college application process can be stressful, but don't worry, if you hope to attend a four-year university and have a low ACT score, there is quite possibly a college for you!

In this article, I list the universities with the lowest 25th percentile ACT scores for their admitted students. The 25th percentile ACT score signifies that 25% of admitted applicants to the school received an ACT score at or below that number. The 75th percentile ACT score signifies that 75% of admitted applicants to the school received an ACT score at or below that score (25% scored higher). I will also explain why you shouldn't always judge the colleges by their low 25th/75th percentile ACT.

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Colleges With the Lowest SAT Scores, Ranked

Posted by Dora Seigel | Dec 1, 2019 3:30:00 PM

College Info

Applying to college is a nerve-wracking process, but have no fear: if you want to go to college even with a low SAT score, there is most likely a school for you!

In this article, I'll list the colleges with the lowest 25th percentile SAT scores for their admitted students. The 25th percentile SAT score means that 25% of admitted students to that university scored at or below that number; the 75th percentile SAT score means that 75% of admitted students scored at or below that score (25% scored higher). I'll also explain why their low SAT criterion doesn’t necessarily mean the university is bad.

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When Do IB Results and Scores Come Out?

Posted by Dora Seigel | Nov 17, 2019 10:02:00 AM

International Baccalaureate (IB)

You're in an IB Diploma Programme or a few IB classes, and you have slaved all year (or two years) studying for your SLs and HLs. You sat for the exams - where you probably developed carpal tunnel syndrome. Also, you can relate a little too well to this video, but you are hoping you did a little bit better on your IB exams. So when do you get your scores? How do you get your scores? What does your score mean? I will answer all of these questions and more in this article.

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The Complete IB Extended Essay Guide: Examples, Topics, and Ideas

Posted by Dora Seigel | Nov 3, 2019 12:00:00 AM

International Baccalaureate (IB)

IB students around the globe fear writing the Extended Essay, but it doesn't have to be a source of stress! In this article, I'll get you excited about writing your Extended Essay and provide you with the resources you need to get an A.

If you're reading this article, I assume you're an IB Student getting ready to write your Extended Essay. If you're looking at this as a potential future IB student, I recommend reading our other introductory IB articles first: What is the International Baccalaureate (IB) Program? and What is the IB Curriculum? What are IB Diploma Requirements?

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How Long Does It Take to Send SAT Scores?

Posted by Dora Seigel | Oct 6, 2019 4:00:00 PM

SAT Logistics

If you're applying to college, you need to know the answer to one question: how long does it take to send SAT scores? Knowing this will help you plan when you will take your SAT. You want to make sure that whenever you take the SAT, you have time to get that score sent to your target schools before the deadline. When is your last opportunity to take the SAT if you're applying Early Decision or Early Action? When is your last opportunity to take the SAT if you're applying Regular Decision? I'll answer these questions and more in this short article.

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The Best SAT Math Practice Tests and Questions

Posted by Dora Seigel | Sep 29, 2019 6:00:00 PM

SAT Math

For SAT Math prep, no matter your strategy—whether you're doing self-study, taking a prep class, or working with a tutor—you need to be working with real SAT Math practice materials. The SAT Math test will be different from any other math test you've taken. You need to work with the real material to get used to the pacing and style of this unique test.

In this guide, I'll show you where to find official SAT Math practice tests and questions, and go over what materials to avoid.

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The 13 Best Performing Arts Colleges in the US

Posted by Dora Seigel | Sep 22, 2019 12:00:00 PM

College Info

Attending a performing arts college is a big decision—you're committing to focusing exclusively on your art for four years. Once you've made this choice, you need to find a school that'll allow you to accomplish your career goals.

In order to help you find the right school for you, I've compiled a list of the best performing arts colleges in the US. Keep reading to see what these are!

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PSAT Score Needed for National Merit Scholarship

Posted by Dora Seigel | Sep 22, 2019 12:00:00 PM

PSAT Info and Strategies

Each year about 1.6 million juniors take the PSAT in the hopes of qualifying for the National Merit Scholarship Program. But what score do you actually need to earn Semifinalist distinction? In this guide, we'll tell you what PSAT score you need in order to qualify for Semifinalist status in your state and potentially move on to win a National Merit scholarship.

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Which Colleges Require the SAT Essay? Complete List

Posted by Dora Seigel | Sep 15, 2019 7:00:00 PM

SAT Logistics, SAT Essay

Planning to take the SAT? Before you sign up, you need to decide whether you’re going to take the test with or without the optional Essay. How should you pick? Well, some colleges require that you apply with the SAT with Essay; others don’t care whether you submit an SAT score with or without the Essay.

In this article, I’ll provide you with a complete list of colleges that require or recommend taking the SAT with the Essay.

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Every IB Math Past Paper Available: Free and Official

Posted by Dora Seigel | Sep 8, 2019 3:00:00 PM

International Baccalaureate (IB)

No matter which IB Math you take, the test can be stressful. For many students, achieving a 6 or better is necessary to get you out of college math requirements. Even if you are not aiming for a 6 or above, you need to pass to better your chances of getting your IB Diploma. You have spent years studying for this moment. To ensure you are prepared, I highly recommend sitting for at least one practice test using IB Math past papers.

In this article, I will let you know where you can find free and paid IB Math practice materials for Mathematical Studies SL, Mathematics SL, Mathematics HL, and Further Mathematics HL. Also, I will give you advice on how to get the most out of your practice so you can hit your target score on test day.

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Complete List of Performing Arts Colleges in California

Posted by Dora Seigel | Sep 8, 2019 10:30:00 AM

College Info

If the stage calls your name, and you're interested in pursuing a degree in one of the performing arts (theatre/dance/music) in California, then this article is for you. I've compiled a comprehensive list of all of the universities and conservatory programs in California that offer performing arts degrees (Bachelor’s, Master’s, and Doctorate’s).

 

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The Best IB Math Study Guide and Notes for SL/HL

Posted by Dora Seigel | Aug 18, 2019 11:00:00 AM

International Baccalaureate (IB)

IB Math SL and IB Math HL are two of the toughest classes in the IB curriculum. It’s no surprise if you need a little extra help in either class.

I’ve compiled this article of the best free online materials for IB Math SL/HL so you can get all the IB Math notes you need in one place. For convenience, I ordered the resources following the IB Math SL/HL syllabus.

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Complete List of Performing Arts Colleges in New York

Posted by Dora Seigel | Aug 11, 2019 10:00:00 AM

College Info

If you're hoping to attend a performing arts college in New York state or New York City, this article will get you one step closer to that goal. I have compiled a comprehensive list of the over 70 universities and conservatory programs in New York that offer performing arts degrees (Bachelor’s or higher). I have also chosen the top 3 performing arts schools in New York.

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Complete List of IB Schools in the USA, by State

Posted by Dora Seigel | Jul 28, 2019 1:00:00 PM

International Baccalaureate (IB)

As a former IB student, I highly recommend the IB Diploma Programme. I think I was far better prepared for college than my non-IB counterparts. I had been prepared to think critically and globally. If you are a parent or student interested in enrolling in an IB Diploma Programme, this article is for you.

I've compiled a list of all the IB Diploma Programme Schools in the United States and arranged them by State. I have also provided several of the school’s Diploma Rate. The Diploma Rate is determined by the percentage of the students who receive IB diplomas out of those who were diploma candidates. Not all students who pursue an IB Diploma will receive the degree; you must complete certain qualification (achieve certain test scores and complete certain projects to a satisfactory level). For more information on this, check out our other article, What is the IB Program? And What are IB Classes?

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