SAT / ACT Prep Online Guides and Tips

Dr. Fred Zhang

Fred is co-founder of PrepScholar. He scored a perfect score on the SAT and is passionate about sharing information with aspiring students. Fred graduated from Harvard University with a Bachelor's in Mathematics and a PhD in Economics.

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SAT Test Dates 2016 - 2017

Posted by Dr. Fred Zhang | Oct 1, 2017 2:00:00 PM

SAT General Info

If you're looking for SAT test dates for 2016-17, look no further! The 2016-17 SAT testing year marks the first full year of the redesigned SAT, which shifted the scoring scale from 2400 to 1600 and introduced a combined Evidence-Based Reading and Writing score.

Continue reading to get info on all official 2016-17 SAT test dates, registration deadlines, and score release dates. We also offer tons of tips on how to find the best SAT test date for you!

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SAT International Test Dates Guide (2017 and 2018)

Posted by Dr. Fred Zhang | Sep 18, 2017 5:00:00 PM

SAT General Info

Here we look at international SAT test dates for the the 2017–2018 year. This year is the first year the SAT will no longer administer the January SAT, which means some shifting around of what dates are offered internationally. We've recorded what we've learned in this article.

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What's a Good SAT / ACT Score for the Ivy League? What's the Lowest Score I Can Get in With?

Posted by Dr. Fred Zhang | Aug 21, 2017 12:00:00 PM

SAT/ACT Score Target, College Admissions

What are the ACT/SAT scores that Ivy League universities Brown, Columbia, Cornell, Dartmouth, Harvard, Princeton, UPenn, and Yale look for? Here, we look at what test scores these eight highly selective schools consider good, as well as what scores are borderline.

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SAT Test Dates 2015 - 2016

Posted by Dr. Fred Zhang | Aug 15, 2017 12:00:00 PM

SAT Logistics

We present information about SAT test dates for the 2015-2016 school year here.  We also link to our top articles that you must read before deciding on a test date.

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Are You Better at the ACT or SAT? Find Out For Sure!

Posted by Dr. Fred Zhang | Jul 10, 2017 12:00:00 PM

SAT versus ACT

Because colleges accept both the ACT and SAT, it can be had to figure out which test to take. The changes to the SAT in 2016 made the two tests more similar than ever, although there are still some significant differences in content and format between the two tests.

So how can you tell if you'll do better on the SAT or ACT? Drawing on my experience as a 99 percentile scorer on both the SAT and ACT, I'll give you a surefire way to figure out which test will result in the best outcome for you.

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SAT / ACT Study Guide: Schedule and Plan for One Year or More

Posted by Dr. Fred Zhang | Apr 14, 2017 10:00:00 AM

SAT Strategies, ACT Strategies

You're serious about studying for the SAT. You have a year or more to study, and you want to put a real effort into it.

Is studying this much worth it? What are the payoffs? And most importantly, what's the best way to study for the SAT / ACT on the year-or-more level? This post answers those questions!

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What Is a Good SAT Score? A Bad SAT Score? An Excellent SAT Score?

Posted by Dr. Fred Zhang | Apr 1, 2017 11:00:00 AM

SAT/ACT Score Target

What is a good SAT score? You took the SAT, got your scores back, and now you want to know how you did. Or maybe you want to know what score to aim for next time.

In this guide, we’ll discuss how to figure out how your SAT scores stack up compared to all the other test-takers out there. Then, we’ll help you figure out what’s a good SAT score for you based on the colleges you are interested in. We’ll also provide the SAT score ranges of 38 popular schools, and discuss what to do if your score turns out to be lower than expected.

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What Is a Good ACT Score? A Bad ACT Score? An Excellent ACT Score?

Posted by Dr. Fred Zhang | Mar 28, 2017 3:00:00 PM

SAT/ACT Score Target

If you've taken the ACT and gotten your ACT test scores back, you probably want to know how you did. Or you might be planning for the ACT and want to know what ACT composite score to aim for. So what is a good ACT score?

In this article, we'll discuss what makes a good ACT composite score. We also give you a step-by-step guide to figuring out what a good ACT score is for you personally, depending on the colleges you plan to apply to. We’ll also provide ACT score ranges for 35 popular schools and discuss what you can do if you fall short of your goal score.

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SAT Score to GPA Conversion Table

Posted by Dr. Fred Zhang | May 7, 2016 11:00:00 PM

SAT General Info

Do you want to convert your GPA to SAT scores or vice versa? Perhaps you're wondering what SAT score you might get based on your high school grades? Here, we have pored through the statistics to let you do just that! Before we jump into the data though, we do have some caveats you should be aware of.

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ACT Score to GPA Conversion Table

Posted by Dr. Fred Zhang | May 7, 2016 6:00:00 PM

ACT General Info

Are you interested in converting your GPA to ACT scores or vice versa? This can be useful if you're trying to estimate your ACT score based on your current grades. In this guide, we've pored over the statistics to give you the information needed to convert between GPA and ACT scores! However, before we get started, let's briefly go over a few caveats.

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ACT Score Ranges: Understand Your Score vs. Class Grades

Posted by Dr. Fred Zhang | May 4, 2016 6:00:00 PM

ACT General Info


Are you wondering what the highest and lowest possible scores you can get on the ACT are? And, once you receive your score, what does it mean? Many people find it difficult to understand their ACT score because the exam doesn't use the same kinds of grades your classes do. In this guide, we've converted ACT scores into class grades to make them easier for you to understand.

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ACT Score Percentiles and Ranks (High-Precision 2016)

Posted by Dr. Fred Zhang | Apr 29, 2016 7:00:00 PM

ACT General Info

Do you want to know your exact ACT score up to six digits of precision?  Every digit can help when you want to know your exact performance. I've used real ACT data, newly released in 2016, to calculate these ultra-high-precision percentiles.

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SAT Score Ranges: Understand Your Score vs Class Grades

Posted by Dr. Fred Zhang | Apr 29, 2016 1:00:00 PM

SAT General Info

What’s the best possible SAT score and worst possible SAT score you could get? How do you understand SAT scores if you’re used to letter grades like A- or B+, or test scores like 93%?  In this guide, we convert SAT scores into much more understandable class grades to help you interpret your SAT score. 

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SAT / ACT Prep Strategies If You Have a Low Test Score but High GPA

Posted by Dr. Fred Zhang | Mar 23, 2016 9:00:00 AM

SAT Strategies, ACT Strategies

Do you have a high GPA, perform well in school, but can’t seem to do well on the SAT / ACT? This is a common pattern, and there are certain strategies that work especially well for you. First, we'll figure out why this is happening to you, and, depending on the reason, suggest ways to improve your SAT / ACT score. Second, we’ll go over what a high GPA but low SAT / ACT score signals to colleges and how to counter that signal.

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ACT Prep — Practice Tests, Study Guides, and Critical Info

Posted by Dr. Fred Zhang | Mar 7, 2016 6:07:32 PM

ACT General Info, ACT Strategies

PrepScholar helps you prepare for the ACT by giving you free ACT resources. Browse through our comprehensive list of real, official ACT practice tests. Find out ACT general info, section strategies, section content, and other resources. To read our free blog resources, you don't need to register or create an account — you can get started today!

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