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Expert Review: The Official ACT Prep Guide

Posted by Samantha Lindsay | Jul 15, 2017 11:00:00 PM

ACT General Info, ACT Strategies

Looking for official ACT practice? The Real ACT Prep Guide (or The Official ACT Prep Guide) is a great resource.

In this article, I'll provide a review of the current Official ACT Prep Guide, including positives and negatives of the new guide, how it differs from the Real ACT Prep Guide 3rd Edition, and whether or not you should buy it to help you through the study process. 

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When Is the June SAT? Should You Take It?

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

SAT General Info

As some people are preparing for summer, others are preparing for the SAT. If you’re a junior thinking of taking the SAT before senior year, the June SAT can give you a chance to raise your scores and get a head start on the college application process.

In this article, we'll tell you everything you need to know about the June SAT, including when it is, when its registration deadlines are, and when scores are expected to come out. We’ll also give you a detailed list of the pros and cons of the June SAT to help you decide whether this test date is ultimately right for you.

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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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The 25 Best Engineering Schools in the US (and How to Get In)

Posted by Laura Staffaroni | Jul 13, 2017 12:00:00 PM

College Info

Do you dream of building driverless cars or a space elevator? You should check out the best engineering schools in the US!

But with so many different engineering schools out there and intense competition for the top programs, how can you figure out where should you apply? To help you decide, we’ve compiled a list of the best engineering schools in the US. We’ll explain a little bit about each school on the list as well as provide rankings within specific subfields of engineering.

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How to Teach the SAT: Best Tips for Tutors and Parents

Posted by Alex Heimbach | Jul 12, 2017 4:00:00 PM

SAT General Info

When I started working as a professional tutor, I was fresh out of college with few qualifications other than high test scores and some volunteer experience. I struggled with tutoring my first few students — I didn’t feel comfortable giving them assignments and I struggled to figure out how best to use our lesson time.

But after years of tutoring, I became thoroughly familiar with the ins and outs of the whole process. I've drawn on my hard-earned knowledge to create this guide laying out the key steps to helping someone excel at the SAT, so that you know where to start when tutoring your own student or child. A big part of being a great tutor is being properly prepared — these seven steps will set you on the right path to raising your student's score:

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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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Are You Better at the ACT or SAT? Find Out For Sure!

Posted by Dr. Fred Zhang | Jul 10, 2017 12:00:00 PM

SAT versus ACT

Because colleges accept both the ACT and SAT, it can be had to figure out which test to take. The changes to the SAT in 2016 made the two tests more similar than ever, although there are still some significant differences in content and format between the two tests.

So how can you tell if you'll do better on the SAT or ACT? Drawing on my experience as a 99 percentile scorer on both the SAT and ACT, I'll give you a surefire way to figure out which test will result in the best outcome for you.

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Complete List of AP Courses and Tests

Posted by Halle Edwards | Jul 6, 2017 2:00:00 PM

Advanced Placement (AP)

Spoiler alert: You have a lot of choices!

 

Have you ever seen the full list of AP classes? Are you confused about which ones you should take? We’ll help you choose your classes by showing you a list of AP courses. We will also reveal which ones are the most popular, and which ones are the hardest to pass. Read on for advice to help you pick your advanced placement courses!

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Test-Optional Colleges: Complete List of 500+ Schools

Posted by Hannah Muniz | Jul 6, 2017 12:00:00 PM

College Info

SAT and ACT scores are common admission requirements for college. But what if I told you that you could get into a great school without taking either of these exams? Behold test-optional colleges. Colleges that are test optional don't require you to submit SAT or ACT scores but will consider them if submitted.

In this guide, we’ll explain what “test optional” means for different schools before providing you with a comprehensive list of test-optional colleges and universities in the US. The first two lists will cover the best test-optional colleges and universities (i.e., those ranked in the top 100), while the last list will include all other test-optional colleges in the country. Along the way, we'll also give you a few key tips on when you should and should not send your SAT/ACT test scores to schools.

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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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Exactly How Hard Are AP Tests and Classes?

Posted by Halle Edwards | Jul 5, 2017 1:30:00 PM

Advanced Placement (AP)

Sure, they can help you get college credit and make your transcript more impressive. But are AP tests hard?

The answer isn’t an easy yes or no. You need to consider many factors, including your own academic strengths, your school, and national score statistics. We will guide you through these different factors and help you decide for yourself how hard AP tests will be!

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When Do ACT Scores Come Out? ACT Score Release Schedule

Posted by Allen Cheng | Jul 3, 2017 6:00:00 PM

ACT Logistics

You've taken the ACT, and now you're waiting for your scores. This can be a tense time, but knowing when exactly to expect your ACT results can help you plan ahead.

So when do ACT scores come out, exactly? In this article, find out when your test scores will become available, how to get your ACT results as fast as possible, and what to do once you have them.

 

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The Ultimate SAT Spanish Subject Test Study Guide

Posted by Laura Staffaroni | Jul 3, 2017 12:00:00 PM

SAT Subject Tests

Applying to highly selective schools often means submitting SAT Subject Test scores along with your regular SAT or ACT scores. Si español es pan comido para usted, then taking the SAT Spanish Subject Test is a great way to fulfill part of the subject test requirement.

Read this guide to learn more about what’s on the SAT Spanish Subject Test and whether or not you should take it. We’ll go over format, test content, where to find good practice material, and tips to help you when studying and taking the test.

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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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