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 44 Colleges With the Lowest SAT Scores, Ranked

Posted by Dora Seigel | Nov 3, 2020 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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Colleges With the Lowest ACT Scores, Ranked

Posted by Dora Seigel | Oct 30, 2020 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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What Is NUMATS? Should You Participate?

Posted by Dora Seigel | Oct 23, 2020 1:00:00 PM

Early Achievers (7th/8th Grade)

In this guide, I'll be discussing the Northwestern University's Midwest Academic Talent Search Program, or NUMATS. NUMATS provides advanced tests to younger students to find their academic strengths and weaknesses and to suggest academic supplements to help these gifted students thrive. Depending on your score on the test, you may be offered a chance to attend one of their subprograms.

While you can read all about this program on the NUMATS website, the information can be difficult to dissect. That's why we've put it into this easy-to-read guide. I recommend reading the entire guide, but I've created a Table of Contents that lists the specific sections to help you find whatever information you need.

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The Best SAT Math Practice Tests and Questions

Posted by Dora Seigel | Sep 27, 2020 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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Complete List of Performing Arts Colleges in California

Posted by Dora Seigel | Sep 23, 2020 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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PSAT Score Needed for National Merit Scholarship

Posted by Dora Seigel | Sep 16, 2020 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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The 13 Best Performing Arts Colleges in the US

Posted by Dora Seigel | Sep 12, 2020 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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Complete List of Performing Arts Colleges in New York

Posted by Dora Seigel | Sep 12, 2020 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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How Long Does It Take to Send SAT Scores?

Posted by Dora Seigel | Sep 10, 2020 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 Complete IB Economics Syllabus: SL and HL

Posted by Dora Seigel | Aug 19, 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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What Is the IB Curriculum? What Are IB Diploma Requirements?

Posted by Dora Seigel | Jul 11, 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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Complete List of IB Schools in the USA, by State

Posted by Dora Seigel | Jul 11, 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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Which IB Courses Can I Take Online? Can I Get an Online IB Diploma?

Posted by Dora Seigel | Jul 11, 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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The Complete List of IB Courses and Classes

Posted by Dora Seigel | Jul 11, 2020 10:00:00 AM

International Baccalaureate (IB)

What are all the International Baccalaureate (IB) courses available to take? Here, we give you the complete list of all Standard Level (SL) and Higher Level (HL) IB classes.

Every IB school is different, so your own school might not offer all the IB courses below. However, these are all the classes the IB has created a curriculum and test for. There are in total 57 classes (counting HL and SL separately). I have categorized them by the categories that the IB defines as the six subject groups.

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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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