SAT / ACT Prep Online Guides and Tips

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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How to Get Into Film School, by a USC Alum

Posted by Dora Seigel | May 2, 2018 9:30:00 PM

College Admissions

If you're interested in going into the entertainment industry in any capacity, be it directing, writing, producing, animation, editing, or otherwise, you should consider attending film school. I wrote this article to share my knowledge as a USC film school alum and to help you get accepted to film school as well!

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The Best SAT Score Predictor

Posted by Dora Seigel | Apr 3, 2018 8:00:00 AM

SAT Strategies

The SAT can be mysterious and nerve-inducing; your score on this never-before-seen test will play a huge role in your college applications. When I took the SAT for the first time, I didn’t do any preparation and wasn't sure I could reach my target score.

The best way to lessen your fear is to try to predict your SAT score. How can you estimate your SAT score? What are the effective methods? Do the SAT score predictor quizzes really work? This guide will walk you through the different methods of estimating your SAT score and will tell you how to use that prediction.

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Time Management Tips and Section Strategy on ACT Science

Posted by Dora Seigel | Mar 5, 2018 9:00:00 PM

ACT Science

Most students struggle with the timing of the ACT Science. I really struggled with it when I was a high school student. With only 52.5 seconds to answer each question or five minutes per passage, you have no time to waste.

I improved my ACT science score by five points between my first official test and my second. Did I learn more science between the first and second test? No, but I did practice certain time management tips and ACT Science strategies specific to the section. In this article, I'll show you the lessons I learned so you can finish the section with time to spare.

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

Posted by Dora Seigel | Feb 26, 2018 10:00:00 AM

International Baccalaureate (IB)

Are you taking IB Economics but feel you aren't learning enough from your class alone? Maybe you need more explanation of certain economics topics? If you need some help in your IB Economics SL/HL class, this study guide is for you. I’ve gathered all of the best free IB Economics study guides and notes into one useful article. This IB Economics study guide is organized according to the IB Economics Syllabus

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

Posted by Dora Seigel | Feb 14, 2018 7:00:00 PM

International Baccalaureate (IB)

IB Biology is challenging, college-level biology, so sometimes you will need a little more study help than your class notes provide. In this article, I've compiled the best FREE online IB Biology study guides (including IB Biology Notes and IB Biology Revision) into one useable resource and provided you with some IB Biology practice questions. I will order this IB Biology Study Guide using the IB Biology Syllabus.

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

Posted by Dora Seigel | Feb 9, 2018 10:00:00 AM

International Baccalaureate (IB)

IB Physics HL and SL are difficult courses. Even with the best teacher, you will likely need to spend some time studying on your own to understand the most difficult concepts covered in the course. I remember I did when I took IB Physics HL.

In this study guide, I've compiled links to all of the best free IB Physics study guides so you can easily find notes on the topic you're interested in. I organized this guide using the IB Physics syllabus

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

Posted by Dora Seigel | Feb 8, 2018 10:00:00 AM

International Baccalaureate (IB)

Are you taking IB English and need some help with your studying? No need to reread all the books and poems you covered in class! This study guide is for IB English A students (students in IB English A: literature SL/HL, IB English A: language and literature SL/HL, or IB English literature and performance SL) who are looking for additional guidance on writing their commentaries or essays.

I've compiled this IB English study guide using the best free materials available for this class. Use it to supplement your classwork and help you prepare for exams throughout the school year.

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The Best Way to Study and Practice for ACT Science

Posted by Dora Seigel | Feb 8, 2018 8:00:00 AM

ACT Strategies, ACT Science

The ACT Science is like a double rainbow: unique, complicated to understand, and people freak out when they see it. Unlike a double rainbow, which tends to freak people out because of its awesomeness, the ACT Science section tends to freak people out because of the crazy time crunch with only 35 minutes to answer 40 questions. 

Even so, if you want to do well on the ACT Science, you can't avoid it. You have to buckle down and create a great study plan. The good news is there are several easy steps to take to make sure you are studying for the ACT Science section in the right way. 

Here is an overview of what this guide covers:

  • Which study materials to use
  • The importance of using realistic timing
  • How you should be reviewing your practice tests
  • Memorizing what the ACT Science expects you to know
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Every IB Math Past Paper Available: Free and Official

Posted by Dora Seigel | Jan 18, 2018 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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The Best SAT Math Practice Tests and Questions

Posted by Dora Seigel | Jan 13, 2018 6:00:00 PM

SAT Math

For SAT Math prep, no matter your strategy, whether you’re doing self-study, a 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 short guide, I’ll let you know where to find official SAT Math practice tests and what material to avoid.

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How to Win a Student Election, by a Former Class President

Posted by Dora Seigel | Jan 10, 2018 8:00:00 AM


Hoping to be your class president? Winning the position takes a lot of work, but you can absolutely make it happen. Why should you trust me? I was my Junior Class President and Student Government President my senior year, so I know what it takes to get there. In this article, I've outlined every step you need to take to become class president: starting with just getting on student council freshman year, all the way through running in a big election as a senior. 

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High GPA but Low SAT Score: What Do You Do?

Posted by Dora Seigel | Jan 3, 2018 9:00:00 AM

SAT Strategies, College Admissions

For a lot of smart students, the SAT is a struggle. If you have a high GPA, but a low SAT score, you're not alone!  

If you feel like you're good in school but not great at test taking, here's our expert guide on how you can boost your chances of getting into a great college. You'll be able to show colleges your true academic potential.

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Historical ACT Percentiles for 2017, 2016, 2015, 2014, and 2013

Posted by Dora Seigel | Jan 2, 2018 1:00:00 PM

ACT General Info

For those currently taking the ACT or who took it in 2013-2017, you might wonder: how does your percentile compare with students who got the same score in other years? In this guide, I'll explain what percentiles are, how they work for the ACT, and why they matter. I'll also give you ACT percentile charts for 2013-2017 so you can see how your scores stack up against historical ones.

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ACT Science Practice Tests: What to Use and What to Avoid

Posted by Dora Seigel | Dec 31, 2017 8:00:00 AM

ACT Science

Whichever way you choose to prepare for ACT Science — whether with a private tutor, class, online program or on your own — you need to make sure you are using high-quality practice ACT Science tests. Because ACT Science is unique, any old science study material won't cut it. To learn about how different ACT Science is from any other science test, read the big secret of ACT Science.     

In this guide, I'll tell you where to find all of the official ACT Science practice tests available: several are free! Also, I'll provide tips on how to use these ACT Science practice tests improve your score. Additionally, I'll talk about some of the ACT Science practice materials you should avoid and why you shouldn't use them. I draw my conclusions from my years of experience tutoring students for ACT Science and from my own practice for the ACT Science test. 

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Colleges With the Lowest SAT Scores, Ranked

Posted by Dora Seigel | Dec 29, 2017 4:30:00 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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