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Halle Edwards

Halle Edwards graduated from Stanford University with honors. In high school, she earned 99th percentile ACT scores as well as 99th percentile scores on SAT subject tests. She also took nine AP classes, earning a perfect score of 5 on seven AP tests. As a graduate of a large public high school who tackled the college admission process largely on her own, she is passionate about helping high school students from different backgrounds get the knowledge they need to be successful in the college admissions process.

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Should I Take AP Calculus AB or AP Calculus BC?

Posted by Halle Edwards | Feb 6, 2018 1:00:00 PM

Advanced Placement (AP)

Are you trying to decide between taking AB or BC Calculus? Or are you just wondering what the difference between the two classes is?

We’ll help you decide which AP Calculus class to take, based on your prerequisite classes, college plans, and career goals.

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SAT Percentiles and Score Rankings (Updated 2018)

Posted by Halle Edwards | Jan 31, 2018 4:30:00 PM

SAT General Info

Have you taken the SAT recently and need help deciding whether you should retake the test? Or maybe you haven’t taken the SAT yet but want to develop a target score.

One of the best ways to understand your SAT scores is to understand your SAT score percentiles. You can learn to maximize your study time, find the biggest score gains, and impress your dream school by understanding percentile rankings. Read on for a guide to maximizing your SAT score—and your college admissions chances—by using SAT score percentiles.

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Low GPA but High SAT/ACT: What Should You Do?

Posted by Halle Edwards | Jan 31, 2018 9:30:00 AM

College Admissions

Say you have done the near-impossible, and gotten an amazing SAT score of 2200 or higher or an ACT score of 32 or higher. Many high school students across the country are probably jealous of you!

But what if your GPA is much lower – a 3.0, or even a 2.0? Do you still have a shot at top colleges? What will admissions officers think about you?

Read on to find out what to do with a low GPA, high SAT/ACT score application. That high score could be worth a lot more than you think!

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Expert Guide: How Long Is the SAT?

Posted by Halle Edwards | Jan 24, 2018 11:00:00 AM

SAT General Info

Studying for the SAT isn’t just about practicing math problems and passage readingit's also an exercise in timing and pacing. The sheer length of the SAT test, as well as its difficult content, can make it an intimidating challenge.

Read on for our guide to the SAT’s length, individual section times, and section ordering. Moreover, learn how to deal with fatigue during the test.

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How Many People Get a 34, 35, 36 on the ACT? Score Breakdown

Posted by Halle Edwards | Jan 17, 2018 11:00:00 PM

ACT General Info

We know that 36 is the best possible score on the ACT and that any score in the 30s is considered very good. But how good is a top score of 34, 35, or 36? And how many students earn these scores every year?

In this post, we break down just how rare those top scores are and how many students get them each year. Learn how you can stand out in the application process with a top score—and how to raise your ACT score to get there.

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What's the Highest Possible SAT Score?

Posted by Halle Edwards | Jan 17, 2018 11:00:00 PM

SAT General Info

Curious about what perfection looks like on the SAT, or about how many people get perfect scores every year? In this post, we'll show you what the highest possible score on the SAT is and how many raw points you need to rack up in each section to earn that score.

We'll also include tips and links to other more detailed articles for those aiming for that rare—but not impossible!—maximum SAT score.

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How to Study Vocabulary for the New 2016 SAT

Posted by Halle Edwards | Jan 17, 2018 10:30:00 AM

SAT Writing, SAT Reading, New SAT

Are you planning to take the SAT? Wondering how to handle the vocabulary questions? We will explain how the new SAT tests vocabulary and what that means for your study plans. Read on for an exclusive guide to new SAT vocabulary!

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Official ACT to SAT (New 1600 and Old 2400) Conversion Charts

Posted by Halle Edwards | Jan 3, 2018 3:00:00 PM

SAT versus ACT, ACT General Info, SAT General Info

One of the first thoughts you might have after getting back your ACT or SAT score is how well you would have done on the other test. Luckily, SAT to ACT conversion (and ACT to SAT conversion) is possible!

In this post, we provide conversion charts from the test makers themselves to help you with score conversions between both the current and old versions of the SAT and the ACT. We also look at whether certain colleges go easier on the SAT or ACT—and what you can do about it.

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How Is the SAT Scored? Scoring Charts

Posted by Halle Edwards | Jan 1, 2018 5:00:00 PM

SAT General Info

One question that often comes up as you begin studying for the SAT is this: how on earth is this thing scored? Or more specifically, how are the raw scores you earn from each section turned into those neat numbers between 200 and 800 you see on the score report?

This article breaks down how the SAT is scored, section by section. You will learn how your raw score becomes a scaled score and how you can use that information to your advantage. After all, a strong understanding of the exam can give you an edge on the SAT.

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How Are AP Exams Scored?

Posted by Halle Edwards | Dec 31, 2017 6:00:00 PM

Advanced Placement (AP)

If you’re studying for an AP exam right now or are thinking about taking an AP class in the future, you might be wondering: how are AP exams scored?

In this post, we'll break down the scoring process, all the way from the raw scores you earn on the multiple-choice section and essays to how you get a final score on a scale of 1-5. Knowing how AP exams are scored can help you do your best on them—especially if you want a perfect 5!

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How Is the ACT Scored?

Posted by Halle Edwards | Dec 22, 2017 12:00:00 AM

ACT General Info

If you’re beginning to study for the ACT, you’re probably wondering how the ACT is scored. Understanding the ACT scoring system can give you a huge leg up as you set goals and make a study plan.

Read on to learn how the ACT is scored, section by section, with official ACT scoring charts. We also include our five top strategies related to ACT scoring so you can use this information to your advantage.

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How Long Is the ACT? | ACT Expert Guide

Posted by Halle Edwards | Dec 8, 2017 11:30:00 AM

ACT General Info

Getting ready for the ACT exam goes beyond just reviewing trigonometry and grammar rules. Doing well on the ACT requires pacing and stamina so you can keep up your focus over hours of testing. So just how long is the ACT test? And how many questions do you have to answer per minute? Learn the ins and outs of ACT timing so you know how to maximize your time on the ACT. 

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Best Character Analysis: Jordan Baker - The Great Gatsby

Posted by Halle Edwards | Nov 16, 2017 2:00:00 PM

Book Guides

You know that friend of yours who loves to gossip yet always downplays any drama they get into themselves? Jordan Baker in The Great Gatsby is like that friend. A close friend of Daisy Buchanan’s, Jordan dates Nick Carraway during the novel and plays a crucial role in reuniting Daisy with the titular Jay Gatsby.

A couple of years younger than Daisy, Jordan is single and a professional golfer, which sets her apart from her married friend. In fact, Jordan is Daisy’s opposite in many ways, as we will explore in this guide! Read in for a complete guide to Jordan’s appearance, plot points, major quotes, and character analysis!

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Guaranteed Scholarships Based on SAT/ACT Scores

Posted by Halle Edwards | Nov 9, 2017 12:00:00 PM

SAT/ACT Score Target, College Admissions

Maybe you’ve taken the SAT or ACT and got a really good score, but you aren't sure how to get the most money out of it. Or maybe you haven’t taken the SAT or ACT yet but are wondering how important the tests really are. One way you can make the most of your score is by finding guaranteed SAT scholarships or guaranteed ACT scholarships.

In this post, we'll show you some of the scholarships for high SAT scores and scholarships for high ACT scores that you can get. You can earn thousands of dollars in scholarships based just on your test scores. Curious to see how? We'll show you where you can get scholarships based on ACT scores and scholarships based on SAT scores.

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Every AP World History Practice Test Available

Posted by Halle Edwards | Nov 8, 2017 6:00:00 PM

Advanced Placement (AP)

Need some free resources to help you prepare for the AP World History exam? This complete collection of AP World History practice tests has links to free multiple-choice questions designed for the complete AP World History curriculum, as well as real AP free-response questions and a full-length practice test. Read on to learn how to use these resources and to get links to hundreds of AP World History practice questions.

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