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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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How Many Questions Can You Skip for a Good SAT Score?

Posted by Dora Seigel | Jan 6, 2019 9:52:00 PM

SAT/ACT Score Target, SAT Strategies

Every year students fight to get the SAT score they want. For many students, completing all the questions before running out of time is a serious challenge. If you're one of those who struggles to finish the test in time, skipping can be a real asset. But how many questions can you skip for a good score on the SAT?

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The 3 Types of ACT Science Passages: What You Must Know

Posted by Dora Seigel | Dec 9, 2018 4:06:00 PM

ACT Science

The ACT Science section is one of the bigger mysteries to students since it is the most different from the SAT, PSAT, and other tests you have taken. Here, I will try to unravel the mystery by explaining the types of passages on the ACT, as well as the unique question types for each of these passages.

By the end of this article, you will have a clear understanding of what the ACT Science section entails and how to best prepare for it. 

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The 11 Best Performing Arts Colleges in the US

Posted by Dora Seigel | Nov 18, 2018 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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Where to Find IB Physics Past Papers - Free and Official

Posted by Dora Seigel | Nov 4, 2018 11:14:00 AM

International Baccalaureate (IB)


When you take the IB Physics exam, you'll be nervous no matter what. But having seen a practice test beforehand will be a huge benefit since you'll know the format of the test cold and will be used to the length and style of the test. 

In this article, I will at least try to get you familiar with the exam format by exposing you to IB Physics past papers, both free and paid. I'll also share strategies on how best ot use these IB Physics tests for your own exam prep.

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Which IB Courses Can I Take Online? Can I Get an Online IB Diploma?

Posted by Dora Seigel | Nov 4, 2018 11:14:00 AM

International Baccalaureate (IB)

Wow, the world has changed a lot for us old folks who graduated in high school in 2010. While you cannot get your IB diploma or International Baccalaureate diploma online, you can take several IB courses online if you are enrolled in an IB World School (I'll go into more detail on this below).      

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Where to Find IB Chemistry Past Papers - Free and Official

Posted by Dora Seigel | Nov 4, 2018 11:13:00 AM

International Baccalaureate (IB)

Taking the IB Chemistry exam will be a nerve-wracking experience, but having seen a real IB past paper before taking the actual test will be a huge advantage since you'll have experience with the test format, the length, and style of the test. In this article, I will show you where to find IB Chemistry past papers, both free and paid. I'll also share tips on how to study most effectively using these IB Chemistry past papers. 

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What Is the International Baccalaureate (IB) Program?

Posted by Dora Seigel | Nov 4, 2018 11:10:00 AM

International Baccalaureate (IB)

If you are checking out this article, you have probably heard of this thing called IB or International Baccalaureate. You may have heard that it is something like AP. You might have read our article on What's Better for You: IB or AP? College Expert Guide.

I am actually a recipient of an IB Diploma from Suncoast Community High School in Riviera Beach, Florida. I know the program from the inside, so in this article, I'll give you a factual overview of IB as well as my opinions. 

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Every IB Geography Past Paper Available: Free and Official

Posted by Dora Seigel | Nov 4, 2018 10:51:00 AM

International Baccalaureate (IB)

If you are preparing for your IB Geography SL/HL papers, studying your notes is likely not enough to get a 7. Taking practice tests using IB Geography SL/HL past papers is the only way to ensure you know what to expect the day of your exam. You will be better prepared because you will know the test length and format. You will be more confident because you will have seen the types of questions asked.

In this article, I will let you know where to find IB Geography SL/HL past papers, free and paid, to help you excel on your own IB Geography exam.        

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Every IB Economics Past Paper Available: Free and Official

Posted by Dora Seigel | Nov 4, 2018 10:50:00 AM

International Baccalaureate (IB)

Taking the IB Economics exam will be nerve-wracking no matter what. However, taking practice tests with past papers beforehand will be a huge advantage since you'll know the test format and will be used to the length and style of the test. In this guide, I will familiarize you the IB Economics test format and let you know where to find past papers, both free and paid. I'll also give you tips on how best to use these IB Economics past papers for your preparation. 

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Every IB Biology Past Paper Available: Free and Official

Posted by Dora Seigel | Nov 4, 2018 10:50:00 AM

International Baccalaureate (IB)

When you take the IB Biology SL or HL exam, you'll be stressed out no matter what. But having seen a past paper beforehand will be a huge advantage since you'll know the format of the test cold and will be used to the length and style of the test.

In this article, I will at least try to get you familiar with the exam format by exposing you to IB Biology past papers, both free and paid. I'll also share strategies on how best to use these IB Biology tests for your own exam prep.

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Every IB Business and Management Past Paper Available: FREE and Official

Posted by Dora Seigel | Nov 4, 2018 10:02:00 AM

International Baccalaureate (IB)

If you want to do well on your IB exams (which you should since acing them will get you college credits), you need to prepare like you would for any standardized test such as the PSAT, SAT or ACT, with practice tests. Preparing for the IB exams should not simply entail a review of your class notes. You should use IB Business and Management past papers as practice tests so that you feel prepared for the length, format, and types of questions asked.

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When Do IB Results and Scores Come Out?

Posted by Dora Seigel | Nov 4, 2018 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 Best IB Chemistry Books, Reviewed

Posted by Dora Seigel | Nov 4, 2018 9:55:00 AM

International Baccalaureate (IB)

To get an A in IB Chemistry SL/HL and a 7 on the exam, you need to be using the best study materials for your learning style. In this article, I will review some IB Chemistry SL/HL books to help you narrow your search. Note: I'm only including IB Chemistry Books from 2012 or newer because I don't recommend studying with older books as they most likely do not correspond to the most recent IB Chemistry syllabus.

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The Best IB Business and Management Notes and Study Guide for SL/HL

Posted by Dora Seigel | Nov 4, 2018 9:54:00 AM

International Baccalaureate (IB)

If you’re in IB Business and Management SL/HL class and want a little extra study help for your in-class test or the IB exam, you’ve come to the right place. I’ve gathered the best FREE online IB Business and Management Notes into one usable article.

For convenience, I order this IB Business and Management SL/HL Study Guide according to the Official Syllabus.   

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The Best IB Biology Textbooks, Reviewed

Posted by Dora Seigel | Nov 4, 2018 9:54:00 AM

International Baccalaureate (IB)

To achieve success in your IB Biology SL/HL class and on the exam, you need to find the best textbook for your learning style. In this article, I have collected and reviewed a list of the most recent IB Biology Textbooks (2013 or newer), as I don't recommend you studying with any older books, as they may be out of date.    

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