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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What's Tested on the SAT Math Section? Topics and Practice

Posted by Rebecca Safier | Mar 15, 2018 12:00:00 PM

SAT General Info

Your first step in preparing for the math section of the SAT should be familiarizing yourself with exactly what’s on it. Whatever math class you’re taking in school, you should be able to conquer the SAT math topics with the right approach to test prep. Let’s start this guide by reviewing the overall format of the math section of the SAT.

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What's a Good PSAT Score for 2016? Expert Analysis

Posted by Rebecca Safier | Feb 12, 2018 9:00:00 AM

PSAT Info and Strategies

If you took the PSAT in October of 2016, then you got your scores back in mid-December, just before winter break.

Your PSAT score report gives you a few different score types, including your total scores, section scores, and Selection Index. With all this data, how can you sort through the numbers to figure out what is a good PSAT score?

This guide will go over the full scoring system of the PSAT so you know exactly what makes a good score. Let’s start with a quick glossary explaining the various types of PSAT scores  on your score report.

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SAT Subject Test Scores for the Ivy League

Posted by Rebecca Safier | Feb 7, 2018 10:00:00 PM

SAT Subject Tests

Are your sights set on the Ivy League or other top universities? As you're well aware, these schools are the most selective in the country. Because of this, you want to carefully craft every aspect of your application so it's as strong as it can possibly be.

Let's look at one important part of your application: your SAT Subject Test scores. In this article, we'll go over the Subject Test requirements and expectations of top schools, and offer some advice on how to balance these tests with everything else you've got going on in your busy life.

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PSAT Practice Tests: Free Questions and Full-Length Tests

Posted by Rebecca Safier | Feb 7, 2018 8:00:00 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 ten downloadable official PSAT practice test PDFs, along with eight bonus SAT practice tests. Since College Board has only released two official practice tests 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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How Many Times Can You Take the ACT?

Posted by Rebecca Safier | Jan 31, 2018 6:00:00 PM

ACT General Info

If you keep improving every time you take the ACT, should you take it as many times as you can to get the highest score? Even though you can take the ACT up to 12 times, that doesn't necessarily mean that you should. Let's look at when you should retake the test, and when it's time to pack up and call it a day.

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SAT Exact Start Time and End Time

Posted by Rebecca Safier | Jan 30, 2018 6:00:00 PM

SAT General Info

Timing is everything, especially when it comes to the SAT. Besides managing your time on each section of the test, you also have to plan your day around this long exam. 

Since latecomers won't be admitted to the testing room, when should you plan to arrive on test day? For that matter, what time can you breathe a sigh of relief and, all finished with the exam, head back home? This guide will go over the exact start and end times of the SAT so you can plan your schedule for that special SAT-urday.

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NCAA ACT Scores: What You Need to Qualify

Posted by Rebecca Safier | Jan 18, 2018 9:30:00 PM

SAT/ACT Score Target

If you’re a student athlete who wants to play in NCAA Division I or Division II sports in college, then this article is for you! We’ll review NCAA’s eligibility criteria for your GPA and ACT score, which NCAA compares using a sliding scale. More importantly, we’ll give you the tips and strategies you need to achieve the NCAA ACT scores required for passing the clearinghouse.

First, let’s quickly review how your grade point average, or GPA, is determined.

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Early Decision Deadlines for Every College with ED

Posted by Rebecca Safier | Jan 12, 2018 6:00:00 PM

College Admissions, College Info

If you're applying early decision, then you've already accomplished something pretty rare in the college application process - you know exactly where you want to go to college!

This guide will go over your timeline for applying early decision, as well as provide a comprehensive list of deadlines for all the early decision schools. Read on to learn everything you need to know about applying early decision to your dream school.

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How Long Does It Take to Get ACT Scores Back?

Posted by Rebecca Safier | Jan 10, 2018 5:00:00 PM

After you take the ACT, the anticipation isn't over! Now, you have to wait to get your scores. While not available immediately, you don't actually 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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The Easiest SAT Subject Tests to Take

Posted by Rebecca Safier | Jan 10, 2018 5:00:00 PM

SAT Subject Tests

There are lots of SAT Subject Tests to choose from - in fact, there are 21 options that cover 13 different subjects and languages. You want to take the Subject Tests that will strengthen your college applications with excellent scores. So, which Subject Tests are easier than others?

While there isn't a cut and dry answer to this question,  we can approach an answer from a few different angles. First, let's take a look at how students score on average on each Subject Test.

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How Important Is Vocabulary for the New SAT?

Posted by Rebecca Safier | Jan 9, 2018 9:00:00 PM

SAT Strategies, SAT Reading, New SAT

Studying hundreds of fancy words from big lists has long been a mainstay of SAT prep. But with the redesigned SAT focusing on medium-level words in the context of passages, do you still need to drill yourself on little-used vocab words?

Before you expend superfluous energy to bolster your cognizance of recondite terminology (or waste time learning lots of obscure words), read this guide to learn what vocabulary you need for the new SAT. First, what changes are being made to the SAT in terms of vocabulary?

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What's a Good PSAT Score for a Freshman?

Posted by Rebecca Safier | Jan 4, 2018 11:00:00 PM

PSAT Info and Strategies

If you're gearing up for a high PSAT score in junior year, then you may choose to take the PSAT as a freshman for practice. Taking the PSAT in 9th grade will help you identify your current scoring level and figure out how you can improve for the future.

As a freshman, you can choose between two tests: the PSAT/NMSQT that 11th graders take or the PSAT 8/9, a version of the test specifically geared toward 8th and 9th graders.

These two tests have comparable, but slightly different, score ranges. This article will go over the scoring and percentiles of both so you know what would make a good PSAT/NMSQT or PSAT 8/9 score as a freshman.

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How Long Is the ACT With Breaks?

Posted by Rebecca Safier | Jan 4, 2018 6:00:00 PM

ACT General Info

While the test-taking part of the ACT is strictly timed at 2 hours and 55 minutes, the actual time you'll spend in the testing room is longer due to breaks, check in, and other factors. This guide will take a closer look at how long the ACT is with breaks and the amount of time you can plan to spend at your testing center.

First, let's consider how long the exam itself is versus how long your whole test-taking experience will be.

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International Students and the SAT/ACT: Complete Guide

Posted by Rebecca Safier | Jan 4, 2018 3:00:00 PM

SAT versus ACT, College Admissions


Are you an international student aiming to attend college in the United States? Colleges are looking for students with language skills and global competencies more than ever, so you already have several strong assets to draw on in your college applications.

One requirement for your applications to most universities is the SAT or ACT. Let's go over the information you need to know about deciding between the SAT and ACT, registering for the tests, and preparing to achieve a high score. First, why are the SAT and ACT important to go to college in the U.S.?

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How to Apply for College: Complete Expert Guide

Posted by Rebecca Safier | Jan 3, 2018 9:00:00 AM

College Admissions

Applying for college is a complex process with a lot of moving parts. However, the process doesn’t need to be confusing!

By learning about each step and starting early, you can navigate your applications like a pro. This comprehensive guide will go over the ABC’s of how to apply to college, from each requirement to what you can be doing as early as freshman year to start planning.

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