SAT / ACT Prep Online Guides and Tips

Hannah Muniz

Hannah graduated summa cum laude from the University of Southern California with a bachelor’s degree in English and East Asian languages and cultures. After graduation, she taught English in Japan for two years via the JET Program. She is passionate about education, writing, and travel.

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How to Calculate PSAT Score: 3-Step Score Calculator

Posted by Hannah Muniz | May 15, 2017 12:00:00 PM

PSAT Info and Strategies

If you’re struggling to calculate your PSAT score, then it sounds like you’re in need of a handy PSAT score calculator! In this guide, we offer you step-by-step instructions on how to calculate PSAT scores. To begin, we'll look at how the PSAT is scored and what “equating” means. We'll then go over how to calculate various PSAT scores before finishing with an explanation on how a PSAT score calculator can help you get the PSAT score you want.

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What Is the PSAT Test? Everything You Need to Know

Posted by Hannah Muniz | May 8, 2017 12:00:00 PM

PSAT Info and Strategies

Most students know what the SAT is, but what is the PSAT? Sure, it's got "SAT" in its name, but is the PSAT actually connected to the SAT? More importantly, how does the PSAT test work and what is its purpose?

In this article, we’ll answer your most pressing question: what is the PSAT test? First, we'll explain the meaning of PSAT and why students typically elect to take the PSAT and then go over the logistics of the test and how scoring works. After, we'll culminate our analysis with a brief discussion about how important PSAT scores actually are for students.

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SAT Curve: Is It Real?

Posted by Hannah Muniz | May 4, 2017 12:00:00 PM

SAT General Info

 

Many high school tests are curved, but what about the SAT? Is the SAT curved? Can when or whom you take the exam with affect your final SAT score?

In this article, we'll answer all of your questions about the SAT curve. First, we'll closely examine whether there actually is an SAT curve and discuss how the SAT is scored. We'll then look at SAT curve trends and give you tips on how you can use SAT curves to your advantage.

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ACT Registration Dates and Deadlines (2017, 2018)

Posted by Hannah Muniz | May 1, 2017 12:00:00 PM

ACT Logistics

To ensure you have a solid ACT study plan, you must first familiarize yourself with ACT registration dates. What and when are the most important ACT deadlines? How can knowing these deadlines benefit you as a test taker?

In this article, we go over upcoming ACT registration dates and examine the general patterns of ACT registration deadlines. We also discuss the differences in deadlines for late registration, standby registration, and changes to your test reservation before wrapping up with a look at how you can use ACT deadlines to your advantage.

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1-Month ACT Study Plan: How to Raise Your Score Quickly

Posted by Hannah Muniz | Apr 27, 2017 12:00:00 PM

ACT Strategies

Only got a month until your ACT? No worries! In this guide, we offer you our best tips and advice on how to study for the ACT in a month. First, we’ll discuss the feasibility of a one-month ACT prep plan as well as the four critical steps you must take to get started. Then, we’ll provide you with our best high-impact tips to help you get the ACT score you need for college.

NOTE: This article largely assumes you’ll be studying for the ACT on your own. For additional help, contact our expert ACT tutors or get started with our customizable online ACT prep course!

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SAT Score Range: 3 Steps to Understanding Your Score

Posted by Hannah Muniz | Apr 20, 2017 12:00:00 PM

SAT General Info

Confused about the SAT score range? It's no secret that the SAT has undergone drastic changes since 2016, shifting from a 2400-point scale to a markedly narrower 1600-point scale. But what do these numbers mean for you? How can you use SAT score ranges to determine the scores you need for college?

First, we'll discuss the current SAT scores range for the exam as a whole, and for each SAT section and subsection. After, we’ll take a close look at how SAT scores are distributed among test takers, explain why colleges maintain different SAT score ranges, and teach you how to set your own SAT goal score.

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Is the ACT Curved? Expert Guide to the ACT Curve

Posted by Hannah Muniz | Apr 17, 2017 12:00:00 PM

ACT General Info

Whether you've already taken the ACT or are busy preparing for it now, you've likely wondered at some point: is the ACT curved? Does a 32 on one ACT equal a 32 on another?

In this article, we’ll investigate the rumor of the ACT curve and explain what it really means. Then we'll examine the function of this curve as well as how it's changed over time, before finally explaining what the ACT curve means for test takers and how you can use it to your advantage.

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What Are Good SAT Scores for Colleges? 101 Schools + Advice

Posted by Hannah Muniz | Mar 30, 2017 12:00:00 PM

SAT/ACT Score Target

As you apply to college, it's important that you understand how high of an SAT score you'll need to aim for on test day. But what are good SAT scores for colleges? And not just any colleges, but your colleges specifically?

In this article, we’ll examine the general SAT scores needed for college and take a look at how these scores can vary due to differences in school prestige and competitiveness. We’ll then show you how to look for average SAT scores for colleges as well as how to set your own SAT goal score.

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When Is the April ACT? Should You Take It?

Posted by Hannah Muniz | Mar 27, 2017 12:00:00 PM

ACT General Info

If you're planning to take the ACT in the spring, you may be wondering: should you take the April ACT? Or will you be better off taking the ACT on a different 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 on time, and the pros and cons of opting for the ACT in April.

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4-Step Guide: How to Study for the SAT in a Month

Posted by Hannah Muniz | Mar 23, 2017 2:00:00 PM

SAT Strategies

If you've only got a month before test day, don't freak out! Although it's not a ton of time to prepare for the SAT, it can be enough if you use your time wisely.

In this guide, we share with you our best advice on how to study for the SAT in a month. We'll begin by analyzing the feasibility of studying for the SAT in a month and then go over the critical steps you must take in order to get your plan going. Finally, we’ll leave you with 12 high-impact tips you can use during your studies and on test day to help you get the SAT score you need for college!

NOTE: This article largely assumes you’ll be conducting a self-guided study plan. Those who'd prefer a helping hand should take advantage of our expert SAT tutors as well as our completely customizable SAT prep course!

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Is Stanford an Ivy League School? Is Duke? MIT?

Posted by Hannah Muniz | Mar 16, 2017 12:00:00 PM

College Info

Most people have at least heard of the Ivy League, but not everyone knows which schools belong to the venerable group. Is Stanford Ivy League? Is Duke Ivy League? Is MIT Ivy League?

In this article, we'll answer these questions and more as we take a look at which schools comprise the world-renowned Ivy League and which schools are most often mistaken for Ivy League institutions. We'll also explore what being in the Ivy League means for schools and how Ivy League schools compare to those not in the Ivy League in terms of national rankings and selectivity.

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