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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The Best ACT Prep Websites You Should Be Using

Posted by Rebecca Safier | Aug 28, 2017 12:00:00 PM

ACT Strategies

When you think of Twitter or Instagram, your first thought probably isn't about ACT prep. But you can actually find very helpful ACT information on these sites and several others.

Rather than relying solely on heavy ACT prep books, you can lighten your load by moving your ACT prep online. You'll find lots of free resources on everything, from test content and key strategies to high-quality practice questions.

This guide will go over the best test prep websites you should be using if you're aiming to ace the ACT. But first, a word on the perspective I have when it comes to ACT websites.

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When Do SAT Subject Test Scores Come Out?

Posted by Rebecca Safier | Aug 27, 2017 12:00:00 PM

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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National Merit Finalist - How to Win the Scholarship

Posted by Rebecca Safier | Aug 20, 2017 8:00:00 PM

PSAT Info and Strategies

Many students take the PSAT in the fall of their junior year. What a lot of students may not notice is the full name of the test is PSAT/NMSQT, or Preliminary SAT/National Merit Scholarship Qualifying Test. Thus, the PSAT is not just good practice for your SATs. It’s also the first step in becoming a National Merit Finalist and hopefully, earning a $2,500 scholarship from the National Merit Scholarship Corporation (NMSC).

In this article, we’ll discuss what steps you need to take to become a National Merit Finalist and compete for a scholarship. We'll also give you advice on how to write a strong application and maximize your chances of becoming a National Merit Scholar.

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Colleges That Superscore ACT: Complete List

Posted by Rebecca Safier | Aug 9, 2017 9:30:00 AM

ACT General Info, College Admissions

Are you taking the ACT? Before registering, you should know how admissions officers look at your scores. Do they consider Math, Science, Reading, and English individually, or do they care more about the composite score?

You might be relieved to hear that many colleges “superscore” your ACT scores by taking the best subscores across all your test dates and creating the strongest possible composite score. Read on for the full list of colleges that superscore the ACT, followed by some tips on how you can use this policy to your advantage. 

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Which Colleges Superscore the SAT?

Posted by Rebecca Safier | Aug 3, 2017 12:00:00 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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Complete Guide: Colleges Not Requiring SAT Scores

Posted by Rebecca Safier | Aug 2, 2017 3:00:00 PM

SAT General Info, College Admissions

Not all admissions processes are created equal. One major point of difference among colleges these days is how admissions officers consider your SAT scores. More and more schools are de-emphasizing SAT scores as part of your application with “test optional” and “test flexible” policies. One college has even eliminated SAT scores completely!

There are now over 900 accredited, bachelor-degree granting institutions that have changed their approach to standardized test scores. Keep in mind that the majority of colleges, especially the more prestigious schools, do still require and strongly consider your SAT scores.

Let’s take a look at the different policies and the schools that no longer require applicants to submit their SAT scores for admission.

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The Best SAT Prep Websites You Should Be Using

Posted by Rebecca Safier | Jul 31, 2017 12:00:00 PM

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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Early Action Schools: Complete List of EA Colleges

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

College Admissions, College Info

 

Would you like to know where you'll be going to college as soon as possible? If you apply early action, then you might have your plans all set by winter break of your senior year. That's a big leap forward compared to waiting until regular notification in April!

A large number of schools offer an early action deadline in addition to a regular decision deadline. This guide will go over what you need to know about applying early action, along with a comprehensive list of all the schools that offer it. To start, how does early action work?

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PSAT Practice Tests - Updated for New 2015 PSAT

Posted by Rebecca Safier | Jul 20, 2017 12:00:00 PM

PSAT Info and Strategies

If you're looking for PSAT practice materials, then you've come to the right place. This guide contains all the free PSAT materials available for you to download, including 10 PSAT practice test pdfs.

Since the PSAT got a makeover in 2015, there aren't a ton of new practice tests out there. Luckily, you can still use old PSAT practice tests very effectively to prepare. Before getting to the practice questions, let's go over some of the changes that were made to the PSAT. If you care about your PSAT score, read carefully so you don't waste your time studying the wrong things!

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Best SAT Math Prep Books (2017): Expert Reviews

Posted by Rebecca Safier | Jul 19, 2017 12:00:00 PM

SAT General Info

While there are many different SAT prep books, they all have one thing in common: they all claim to be the best. How can you figure out which one will actually help you succeed on the SAT?

This guide will give you my recommendations for the best prep books for the Math section of the SAT. Some of these books are best for strategies and thinking through the problems, while others are best for practice problems. A few are geared toward top scorers, while some will help you improve a low score fast.

Before delving into the list, I have to make one disclaimer:

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Complete List: Colleges That Require SAT Subject Tests

Posted by Rebecca Safier | Jul 14, 2017 2:30:00 PM

SAT Subject Tests, College Admissions

Does applying to college feel like you're trying to walk through a door, but don't yet have the keys? To gain access, first you need to understand exactly what your colleges require. This can be tricky with the SAT Subject Tests, as colleges have several different policies.

We've compiled a comprehensive list of colleges that require SAT Subject Tests, along with others that recommend or consider them as part of your application. As policies are continually changing, always double check with the school about their standardized testing requirements. Let us know in the comments if we need to make any updates! 

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Early Decision Schools: Complete List of ED Colleges

Posted by Rebecca Safier | Jul 13, 2017 5:30:00 PM

College Admissions, College Info

Did you know that early decision isn't necessarily early? Binding decision might be a better name for it, since some schools now offer "early" decision deadlines in January, as well as in November.

Either way, applying early decision is a big commitment. If you apply this way, you should be totally sure you want to attend that school. Let's review the pros and cons of early decision, as well as look at all the schools with early decision admission.

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Early Action Deadlines for Every College with EA

Posted by Rebecca Safier | Jul 10, 2017 6:30:00 PM

College Admissions

If you're in the midst of college application season, then you know it's time to take action. For some of you, that might be early action, which pushes your deadlines up a couple months.

This guide has the complete list of colleges that offer early action, along with advice on the best way to prepare for an early deadline. Before getting to the list, let's go over the ins and outs of the early action admission plan.

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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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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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