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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The Best ACT Score Predictor

Posted by Dora Seigel | Jun 7, 2020 8:30:00 AM

ACT Strategies

Taking the ACT is stressful—some test you've never seen before will affect where you go to college. As a high school student, I felt anxious taking the ACT because I hadn't done any practice and had no idea whether I'd reach my target score.

One way to mitigate nerves surrounding the ACT is to try to predict your ACT score. If you find out your estimate is close to your target score, you'll feel relieved. If it's low, at least you'll know you need to do more preparation before taking the test.

What is the best ACT score predictor? What should you do with your estimated ACT score? In this guide, I'll walk you through the different ways to predict your ACT score and explain the pros and cons of each. I'll also let you know how to use your estimated score to your advantage.

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Book Review: The Official SAT Study Guide, 2020 Edition

Posted by Dora Seigel | May 31, 2020 6:00:00 PM

New SAT

The most recent edition of the College Board's official SAT prep book is The Official SAT Study Guide (2020 edition). What's the book like? Is it helpful? In this review, I'll break down the strengths and weaknesses of this newest edition of the official guide, discuss how students feel about it, and tell you whether it's ultimately worth buying.

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The 9 Best Film Schools in the US

Posted by Dora Seigel | May 29, 2020 9:00:00 AM

College Info

In the past few years, applying to film school has gotten extremely competitive: top schools like USC's School of Cinematic Arts now boast lower admission rates than the Ivies. Simultaneously, the number of film programs has grown—rising from about 300 in 2006 to almost 400 today.

With so many programs available and so much competition for the top spots, where should you apply? In order to help you find the right school for you, I've compiled a list of the best film schools in the US, based on my experience as a film student and actress in LA.

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59 Great Medical Programs for High School Students + Advice

Posted by Dora Seigel | May 3, 2020 7:00:00 PM

Extracurriculars

Thinking about a career in medicine? I highly recommend trying out some medical experiences in high school before committing to a pre-med track. Many of my high school friends who hoped to go into medicine ended up changing their major during college when the pre-med courses got too difficult.

Doing a medical internship, summer program, or community service project in high school can help you decide if medicine is the right track for you before you waste time and money going pre-med in college. This guide will explain what experiences are open to you as a high school student, what those experiences involve, and how you will benefit from them.

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

Posted by Dora Seigel | Mar 22, 2020 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 resource and provided you with some IB Biology practice questions.

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The Complete IB Economics Syllabus: SL and HL

Posted by Dora Seigel | Mar 22, 2020 6:00:00 PM

International Baccalaureate (IB)

If you are looking at this syllabus, you're probably thinking about taking IB Economics or you are currently enrolled in the course. In this article, I'll discuss each of the topics covered in IB Standard Level and IB Higher Level, the number of hours dedicated to each topic, and what the IB expects you to understand in each topic.

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The Complete IB Biology Syllabus: SL and HL

Posted by Dora Seigel | Mar 22, 2020 5:00:00 PM

International Baccalaureate (IB)

Oh, IB Biology. I took IB Biology SL back in my high school days. If you are looking at this syllabus, you're likely interested in taking the course or are currently enrolled in the course.

In this article, I will go over the topics covered in IB Biology Standard Level and IB Biology Higher Level, as well as the number of hours dedicated to each topic along with what the IB expects you to understand for each topic.

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Every IB English Past Paper Available: Free and Official

Posted by Dora Seigel | Mar 22, 2020 3:30:00 PM

International Baccalaureate (IB)

In this article, I cover IB English Literature SL/HL, IB English Language and Literature SL/HL, and IB Literature and Performance SL. These are the core language A options for English speakers. When preparing for one of these IB English exams, you should take a practice test. Where can you find IB English past papers, free and paid? I will answer that question and let you know how to get the most out of these past papers.

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Every IB Math Past Paper Available: Free and Official

Posted by Dora Seigel | Mar 22, 2020 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're not aiming for a 6 or above, you need to pass to better your chances of getting your IB Diploma. You've spent years studying for this moment. To ensure you're prepared, I highly recommend sitting for at least one practice test using IB Math past papers.

In this article, we show you where you can find free and paid IB Math practice materials for Mathematical Studies SL, Mathematics SL, Mathematics HL, and Further Mathematics HL. We'll also 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 Complete IB Physics Syllabus: SL and HL

Posted by Dora Seigel | Mar 22, 2020 3:00:00 PM

International Baccalaureate (IB)

I took IB Physics HL back in my high school days. It is still probably the most challenging class I have ever taken (even including my college courses), but I got a 6 on the exam, so trust me—it's doable.

In this article, I'll discuss all the topics covered in IB Physics Standard Level and IB Physics Higher Level, the number of hours dedicated to each topic, and what IB expects you to know for each topic.

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What Is the IB Curriculum? What Are IB Diploma Requirements?

Posted by Dora Seigel | Mar 22, 2020 2:50:00 PM

International Baccalaureate (IB)

If you're reading this article, I assume you know a little bit about the International Baccalaureate (IB) program. If not, I encourage you to read our introductory guide to what this program entails. As a brief refresher, the IB started the program in the 1960s to lead to a rigorous, internationally recognized diploma for entry into universities that students all around the world could earn.

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Every IB History Past Paper Available: Free and Official

Posted by Dora Seigel | Mar 22, 2020 2:30:00 PM

International Baccalaureate (IB)

Taking a practice IB History exam before the actual exam will help you familiarize yourself with the length, style and format of the test. In this guide, we explain the IB History test format and link to the best past papers available. At the end, I'll explain how best to use these IB History past papers for your studying.

Disclaimer: these free exams should be used at your own risk. The exams are not authorized by the IBO and were most likely put up online without the IBO's consent.

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Complete List of IB Schools in the USA, by State

Posted by Dora Seigel | Mar 22, 2020 1:00:00 PM

International Baccalaureate (IB)

As a former IB student, I highly recommend the IB Diploma Programme. I believe I was far better prepared for college than my non-IB counterparts because I'd been prepared to think critically and globally. If you are a parent or a 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.

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Where to Find IB Physics Past Papers - Free and Official

Posted by Dora Seigel | Mar 22, 2020 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 to 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 | Mar 22, 2020 11:14:00 AM

International Baccalaureate (IB)

Wow, the world has changed a lot for us old folks who graduated high school in 2010. While you can't get your International Baccalaureate (IB) Diploma online, you can take several IB courses online if you are enrolled in an IB World School.

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