SAT / ACT Prep Online Guides and Tips

Rebecca Safier

Rebecca graduated with her Master's in Adolescent Counseling from the Harvard Graduate School of Education. She has years of teaching and college counseling experience and is passionate about helping students achieve their goals and improve their well-being. She graduated magna cum laude from Tufts University and scored in the 99th percentile on the SAT.

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Important College Application Deadlines You Can't Miss

Posted by Rebecca Safier | Jul 5, 2017 8:30:00 PM

College Admissions

Timing is everything. Nowhere is this saying more true than in the college application process. From taking the SAT to writing your personal essay to submitting your Common App, the process takes months, if not years, to complete.

So when do you need to finish gathering all your application materials and submit them to your colleges? That all depends on your deadlines. This guide will go over the different options for college application deadlines, plus step-by-step instructions on how to keep track of them all.

First off, what are the different options for applying?

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Which Colleges Superscore the SAT?

Posted by Rebecca Safier | Jul 2, 2017 4:30:00 PM

SAT Strategies, College Admissions

Your SAT scores are a very important part of your application, especially as the applicant pool gets bigger and more competitive every year. So how can you make sure colleges will consider your very best scores?

This article will talk about colleges that superscore the SAT. After the list, I'll talk about how you can use this information strategically as you prepare to apply to college. To start, let's briefly review what "superscoring" means.

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How Long Does It Take to Get SAT Scores Back?

Posted by Rebecca Safier | Jul 1, 2017 5:00:00 PM

SAT General Info

Don't you wish you could find out how you scored on the SAT right after you finish? Or maybe you'd like to forget all about it and pretend it never happened (better luck next time)!

Either way, your wait time will be the same, at somewhere between three and six weeks. This article fills you in on all the details of score reporting, along with some advice for what to do once you get your scores.

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How Long Does It Take to Get ACT Scores Back?

Posted by Rebecca Safier | Jun 21, 2017 5:00:00 PM

After you take the ACT, the anticipation isn't over! Now you have to wait to find out your scores. While they're not available immediately, you don't have to wait too long to see your scores or have them sent to colleges.

This guide will go over when you can expect to see your ACT scores by each upcoming test date, as well as the differences in score release dates for students who took the ACT with Writing.

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How Hard Is the SAT Spanish Subject Test?

Posted by Rebecca Safier | May 30, 2017 7:00:00 PM

SAT Subject Tests

 

¿Estudias español? ¿Hablas español en casa? Are you wondering if you should take the SAT Subject Test in Spanish?

Let's review what it covers and how students usually score so you can decide if the SAT Subject Test in Spanish is right for you. First, you have to know what's on the test.

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SAT Subject Test Dates 2017: When Should You Take Them?

Posted by Rebecca Safier | May 1, 2017 2:00:00 PM

SAT Subject Tests

When are you planning to take the SAT Subject Tests? If you answered, "I don't know," you're not alone! It's hard to know when the best time is to fit in the subject tests with the general SAT, your schoolwork, and everything else you've got going on.

Let's take a look at when the SAT Subject Tests are offered and when the best dates are for you to take them. As long as you have a plan, you'll be able to balance these tests with all the other things you're up to in your busy life. 

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PSAT Practice Tests: Free Questions and Full-Length Tests

Posted by Rebecca Safier | Apr 13, 2017 8:26:00 PM

PSAT Info and Strategies

Why buy a bunch of practice tests when you can find them online for free? To make your search as easy as possible, I've compiled all of the best PSAT practice tests and sample questions available on the World Wide Web.

Read on for nine downloadable PSAT practice test pdfs, along with eight bonus SAT practice tests. Since College Board has only released one official practice test for the current version of the PSAT, I'll also explain how you can modify older practice tests to prepare.

Let's get right to it with the first official PSAT practice test pdf for you to download. 

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What's a Good PSAT Score for a Sophomore?

Posted by Rebecca Safier | Apr 10, 2017 4:30:00 PM

SAT/ACT Score Target, PSAT Info and Strategies

 

You wouldn't go for your driver's license test before ever getting behind the wheel, right? You would practice your three-point turns and parallel parking first, so you're ready and know what to expect when the real test comes.

Just as you suspected, this scenario's an analogy for the PSAT. Rather than sitting for it junior year without a practice run, you can improve your performance if you've already taken it in 10th grade. Taking the PSAT as a sophomore is a great, low-pressure way to familiarize yourself with the test, gauge your level, and figure out where you need to improve.

With this in mind, let's look at what PSAT scores are good for sophomores and how to improve them even more for junior year. First, let's consider how the PSAT is scored.

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The Best SAT Prep Websites You Should Be Using

Posted by Rebecca Safier | Apr 5, 2017 9:00:00 AM

SAT Strategies

The SAT has been around in one form or another since 1901. Through all its changes, probably the most helpful one for you is the rise of free online practice questions and guides covering every aspect of the test.

Rather than having to carry around 400-page practice books like the students of yesteryear (ie, the 90s), you can use these online resources to prep from anywhere with Internet. To help you discern the high quality resources from the low, this guide will break down the SAT prep websites you need to review content, learn strategies, and of course, find practice questions.

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The New PSAT, Redesigned in 2015: Complete Guide

Posted by Rebecca Safier | Apr 3, 2017 10:00:00 PM

PSAT Info and Strategies, New SAT

If you're a student who graduates high school 2017 or later, you’ll be taking the redesigned PSAT. This new version of the test started in October 2015 was administered to all students across the country.

We’ll let you know all about the PSAT format, scoring, and content and what you need to know to be prepared. Not only is the 2015 PSAT an important step in prepping for the SATs, but it also qualifies you for National Merit distinctions and scholarships.

Let’s dive into the changes in format, scoring, and content being made to the redesigned PSAT and what these changes mean for your test prep.

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What's a Good PSAT Score for a Junior?

Posted by Rebecca Safier | Mar 31, 2017 11:00:00 PM

PSAT Info and Strategies

The PSAT is an important test on the road to college. Your scores predict how you'll do on the SAT, plus top scorers may earn distinction and scholarships from the National Merit Scholarship Corporation.

So, how do you know whether your PSAT scores are good? While what counts as a good score varies depending on your personal goals, we can give a more objective answer to this question by considering PSAT score percentiles. First, let's review how the PSAT is scored. 

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The 10 Best SAT Books Recommended for SAT Prep

Posted by Rebecca Safier | Mar 29, 2017 9:30:00 PM

SAT Strategies

With so many SAT prep books to choose from, how can you tell the good ones from the bad? Not to worry - we've evaluated the books for you. This fully updated guide gives you our recommendations for the top 10 new SAT preparation books to help you achieve the scores you seek.

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The Best Way to Read the Passage in SAT Reading

Posted by Rebecca Safier | Mar 29, 2017 8:30:00 AM

SAT Strategies, SAT Reading

The SAT Reading section presents you with challenging tasks. Not only will you have to sustain your focus over a long 65-minute section, but you’ll also have to search actively for evidence in each passage to back up your answers.

The test may be time intensive and full of tricky “distractor” answers, but you can learn to avoid the common pitfalls with the right approach. This guide will discuss the best strategies for reading the passages effectively and achieving a high score on the new SAT Reading. To start, let’s go over what the redesigned passages are going to look like on your test.

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How to Become a National Merit Semifinalist

Posted by Rebecca Safier | Mar 21, 2017 10:00:00 PM

PSAT Info and Strategies, College Admissions

When October rolls around, over 1.5 million students across the country take the PSAT. Juniors who score in the top 1% achieve the distinction of being named National Merit Semifinalists. Most of these students move on to become National Merit Finalists and win scholarship money for college.

Being named a National Merit Semifinalist is a huge achievement along the path to college. Let’s take a look at what you need to do to become a National Merit Semifinalist.

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When Do SAT Subject Test Scores Come Out?

Posted by Rebecca Safier | Mar 1, 2017 11:00:00 AM

SAT Subject Tests

After you take the SAT Subject Tests, you probably want to find out your results right away. You'll have to be a little patient, though, as you may need to wait between two to six weeks to get your scores back. 

We've compiled the exact score delivery dates below, plus some tips on how to track down your scores and what to do next. Read on to find out when you get your SAT Subject Test scores.

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