SAT / ACT Prep Online Guides and Tips

Hannah Muniz

Hannah received her MA in Japanese Studies from the University of Michigan and holds a bachelor's degree from the University of Southern California. From 2013 to 2015, she taught English in Japan via the JET Program. She is passionate about education, writing, and travel.

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Is a Commuter School Right for You?

Posted by Hannah Muniz | Jan 14, 2020 5:00:00 PM

College Info

College in the United States is normally associated with images of dorms, bustling frat parties, and impromptu late-night snack runs. But at a commuter school, most students' experiences are quite different from this. What is a commuter school? What is a commuter student?

Keep reading to learn everything there is to know about commuter schools, including what it's like to attend one, what students think of their commuter schools, the pros and cons of commuting to college, and how you can ensure you have a great college experience should you decide to go to a commuter school.

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SAT and ACT Test Dates: Find Your Best 2020 Testing Schedule

You know that you'll have to take the SAT or ACT and do well on itbut figuring out exactly when to take your exam can sometimes feel like the hardest part of the whole testing process. In this guide, we introduce all upcoming SAT and ACT dates for the 2019-2020 testing year and explain what factors you must consider before committing to a test date.

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Can You Take the ACT Test Online?

Posted by Hannah Muniz | Jan 6, 2020 2:00:00 PM

ACT General Info, ACT Logistics

The ACT is an important college admissions test that has traditionally been administered on paper. But according to a press release by ACT, Inc., more and more students will soon be able to take the ACT in an online, computer-based format. So can you take the ACT online, or not?

Below, we go over who can (and will soon be able to!) take the ACT test online, what this computer ACT looks like, and the pros and cons of both the computer and paper versions of the ACT.

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How to Prepare for College: 37 Tips to Get Ready

Posted by Hannah Muniz | Jan 3, 2020 12:00:00 PM

Other High School, College Admissions

While you might think college preparation only happens during the summer before college, this isn’t necessarily true. In fact, you can start preparing for college as early as 9th grade! But what exactly does the process of college preparation entail?

Here, we explain how to prepare for college at every grade level in high school. Specifically, we take a look at what you can do on the academic, financial, and extracurricular fronts, providing you with advice and tips, as well as a helpful preparing-for-college checklist.

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What Is the Series 7 Exam?

Posted by Hannah Muniz | Jan 2, 2020 7:00:00 AM

General Education

Series 7it might sound like a strange set of books you never got around to reading, but in reality it’s a financial qualification exam for aspiring stockbrokers. If you want to work with stocks, bonds, and investments, you’ll need to pass Series 7.

Read on to learn what exactly the Series 7 exam is, who takes it, what’s on it, how you can register for it, and what score you need to pass it.

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How to Register for the IELTS: 7 Steps to Pick a Test Date

Posted by Hannah Muniz | Jan 1, 2020 7:00:00 AM

General Education

Need to take the IELTS to prove your English proficiency to an employer or school? Then you've got to know how to register for this exam. In this guide, we cover everything there is to know about IELTS registration, giving you a step-by-step walkthrough and essential tips so that the process can go smoothly for you.

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When Is the April ACT? Should You Take It?

Posted by Hannah Muniz | Dec 29, 2019 3:00:00 PM

ACT General Info

If you're planning to take the ACT in the spring, you might be wondering: should you take the April ACT? Or will you be better off taking the ACT on a different test date?

In this article, we cover everything you need to know about the April ACT, including when the exam is, whether your scores will get to your schools in time, and the pros and cons of taking the ACT in April.

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What Does Your IELTS Score Mean? Interpreting Your Results

Posted by Hannah Muniz | Dec 25, 2019 1:00:00 PM

General Education

If you've just taken the IELTS, you're probably anxious to see your scores. Did you do as well as you needed to do on this tricky English proficiency exam or not? When will you get your official IELTS score report, and when will you be able to see your IELTS results online?

We answer these questions and give you an explanation of what will be on your IELTS score report. We also offer some tips for what to do with your IELTS test results once you get them.

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SAT Self-Study: 7 Top Tips for Your Prep Plan

Posted by Hannah Muniz | Dec 22, 2019 7:00:00 PM

SAT Strategies

Every test requires some kind of preparationeven the SAT. Most students choose to prep entirely on their own for the SAT, which can have a lot of advantages (but also some potential drawbacks). So how does SAT self-study actually work? How can you ensure you get the most out of your SAT self study plan? Read on for our answers!

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PSAT Score Range: Where Do You Rank?

Posted by Hannah Muniz | Dec 22, 2019 12:00:00 PM

PSAT Info and Strategies

Although the PSAT and SAT share many similarities, their score ranges are actually pretty different. Unlike the SAT score range, which has a maximum score of 1600, the PSAT score range only goes up to 1520. But why? What are the score ranges for each PSAT section? Also, can you use the PSAT scoring scale to predict your SAT score?

In this article, we'll go over the current PSAT scores range and PSAT score distribution. We'll then compare PSAT score ranges with SAT score ranges before concluding with a list of estimated PSAT score cutoffs for the National Merit Scholarship Program.

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4 Tips to Write Stellar Emory Essays

Posted by Hannah Muniz | Dec 19, 2019 4:00:00 PM

College Essays

Based in Atlanta, Georgia, Emory University is a prestigious private university ranked within the top 25 universities nationwide. To apply here, you'll have to submit your transcripts, SAT or ACT scores, and a few essays. But what do you actually have to write for your Emory essays?

Below, we present to you this year's Emory University essay prompts and offer you tips for figuring out which prompts you should choose for your application. We will also look at admissions officers' feedback for real Emory essays that worked.

Let's get started!

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Purdue Supplemental Essay: 4 Top Tips for Writing Yours

Posted by Hannah Muniz | Dec 18, 2019 8:00:00 PM

College Essays

Known for its highly ranked engineering program and huge array of academic programs, Purdue University is an excellent public university to consider for college. To apply here, though, you will need more than just good gradesyou will need to write unforgettable essays as part of the Purdue supplement.

In this guide, we go over the current Purdue essay prompts and offer helpful tips on how to write each Purdue supplemental essay you’re required to submit. After, we take a look at a real Purdue supplement essay example.

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What Is the STAAR Test? Do You Need to Take It?

Posted by Hannah Muniz | Dec 18, 2019 1:00:00 PM

General Education

If you live in Texas, then you've probably heard of the STAAR test. But what exactly does this test entail? Who has to take it? And when are the STAAR test dates?

In this guide, we'll explain what the Texas STAAR test is, when it's administered, and who's required to take it. We'll also tell you what's considered passing and how you can view your (or your child's) STAAR scores. Let's get started!

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How Do You Find STAAR Released Tests?

Posted by Hannah Muniz | Dec 18, 2019 10:00:00 AM

General Education

Students in grades 3-12 at Texas public schools must take the STAAR tests every year. These tests cover a wide range of subjects, from math to reading and writing, and indicate whether a student is meeting academic performance standards. So clearly, these exams are pretty important!

One of the very best ways to prepare for them is to take an official STAAR released test or a high-quality STAAR practice test created by a good test-prep company. We'll provide you with the best resources for STAAR practice tests here and go over essential tips for using them.

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The Best Algebra 1 Regents Review Guide 2020

Posted by Hannah Muniz | Dec 16, 2019 12:00:00 PM

General Education

Are you a student at a public high school in New York State? Then you must pass a math Regents exam in order to graduate and get your diploma. One of these exams is Algebra 1 Regents, which tests your understanding of an array of algebra-related concepts and laws, from exponents and equations to functions and probability.

The next NYS Algebra regents exam will be held on Wednesday, January 22, 2020, at 1:15 pm.

Read on to learn exactly what the Algebra 1 Regents exam entails, what kinds of questions you can expect, what topics you should know, and how you can ensure you pass it.

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