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.

Recent Posts

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

Read More


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.

Read More


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

Read More


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.

Read More


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
Read More


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.

Read More


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.

Read More


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. 

Read More


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.

Read More


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.

Read More


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. 

Read More


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.

Read More


How Long Is the SAT With Breaks?

Posted by Dora Seigel | Dec 20, 2017 11:00:00 PM

SAT General Info

The SAT is a marathon that takes up your whole Saturday morning. But exactly how long is it? How long is the SAT with breaks? How long is it with the Essay section? Without it?

This article gives the answers to these questions and also offers a few key tips on how to use SAT breaks to your advantage on test day.

Read More


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

Posted by Dora Seigel | Dec 13, 2017 6:30:00 PM

ACT Strategies

You do great in school, but you just can’t get that score you want on the ACT. If you're a great student but not as great a standardized test taker, don't worry: you aren't alone.

In this post, I'll let you know what ACT scores qualify as low, what message those scores send to admissions officers, and what you can do to improve your chances of getting into a good school.

Read More


Your ACT Superscore Calculator

Posted by Dora Seigel | Nov 29, 2017 7:30:00 AM

SAT/ACT Score Target, ACT General Info

Planning and trying to reach your ACT target score can be stressful and frustrating. You got a 36 in Math on one test date and a 35 in Reading on another test date. Why can’t you just get all of your highest individual section scores on the same test date?

If you’re applying to colleges that superscore the ACT, you don’t have to worry about that. So what is an ACT superscore? And how do you calculate it? In this post, I’ll explain what superscoring means, how to create your own ACT superscore calculator, and how superscoring affects your test-prep strategy.

Read More


You should definitely follow us on social media. You'll get updates on our latest articles right on your feed. Follow us on all 3 of our social networks:

Twitter and Google+

Ask a Question Below

Have any questions about this article or other topics? Ask below and we'll reply!