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The 24 Literary Devices You Must Know

Posted by Hannah Muniz | Jun 21, 2018 12:00:00 PM

Other High School, Book Guides

Need to analyze The Scarlet Letter or To Kill a Mockingbird for English class? Then you’ve come to the right place. In order to successfully interpret and analyze literary texts, you’ll need to have a solid foundation in literary devices. What are the most common literary devices to know? What literary techniques are typically used in comedic writing? In dramas?

In this article, we provide you with a comprehensive list of literary devices, along with each device’s definition and an example of how it’s used.

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ACT Registration Dates and Deadlines (2018, 2019)

Posted by Hannah Muniz | Jun 20, 2018 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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The Ultimate Study Guide for ACT English: Tips, Rules, Practice, and Strategies

Posted by Alex Heimbach | Jun 18, 2018 12:00:00 PM

ACT English

This guide collects the best ACT English prep material on the internet. We've created everything here from scratch, and we think it's the best guide available anywhere.

In writing it, we pored over real ACTs, consulted the best existing books, and thought deeply about what you'll need to excel on ACT English. Our subject guides closely reflect what you’ll see on the actual test and our strategies have all been used successfully by our past students. We’ve covered everything you need to know about ACT English.

This post is a table of contents, designed to lead you through the different articles you’ll want to study in a logical order and explain how to get the most out of them. It starts with the big-picture, high-level ideas that will get you thinking about the best way to approach ACT English. Then it moves on to our coverage of the skills and concepts you’ll see on the test. The last section includes a variety of ACT English tips and strategies that can help you create a study plan and learn to attack the test in the most efficient way.

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2018 & 2019 Full Review of Every ACT Test Date

Posted by Hannah Muniz | Jun 15, 2018 12:00:00 PM

ACT General Info

Figuring out the best ACT test date for you isn’t always easy, especially if you’re stuck debating between two or more upcoming ACTs. Before you choose a date, ask yourself: which date will work best with your schedule? Will you have any obligations or extracurriculars around that time? When are your college application deadlines?

This guide introduces all upcoming ACT test dates for the 2018-19 testing year and also offers specific advice on the best possible dates for sophomores, juniors, and seniors.

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How to Say “Good Morning” in Japanese + 9 Other Greetings

Posted by Hannah Muniz | Jun 14, 2018 1:00:00 PM

Other High School

If you're heading to Japan or thinking of studying Japanese, you’ll definitely want a firm grasp of the basic greetings and phrases. What’s “good morning” in Japanese? What's “good afternoon” in Japanese?

In this article, I will teach you 10 common Japanese greetings, from how to say good morning in Japanese to how to introduce yourself properly. I’ll then give you my top tips for using these greetings both appropriately and effectively.

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Future Years' ACT Test Dates: 2019, 2020, and Beyond

Posted by Justin Berkman | Jun 13, 2018 8:00:00 PM

ACT Logistics

Future ACT dates are only confirmed a little more than a year in advance, but at PrepScholar, we’ve researched patterns from previous testing years to predict future ACT test dates.

The ACT test dates for 2018-19 have been officially released, but I’ll also provide the likely dates for 2019-20, 2020-21, and 2021-22. From the data we’ve looked at, we can predict these dates with a fair degree of confidence.

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SAT Essay Prompts: The Complete List

Posted by Laura Staffaroni | Jun 13, 2018 7:00:00 PM

SAT Writing, SAT Essay

On every SAT Essay, you'll have to read an argument meant to persuade a broad audience and discuss how well the author argues his or her point. The passage you'll have to read will change from test to test, but you'll always need to analyze the author's argument and write a coherent and organized essay explaining this analysis.

In this article, we’ve compiled a list of the 11 real SAT essay prompts that the CollegeBoard has released (either in The Official SAT Study Guide or separately online) for the new SAT. This is the most comprehensive set of new SAT essay prompts online today.

At the end of this article, we'll also guide you through how to get the most out of these prompts and link to our expert resources on acing the SAT essay. I’ll discuss how the SAT essay prompts are valuable not just because they give you a chance to write a practice essay, but because of what they reveal about the essay task itself.

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The Complete IB Economics Syllabus: SL and HL

Posted by Dora Seigel | Jun 13, 2018 6:00:00 PM

International Baccalaureate (IB)

If you are looking at this syllabus, you're probably thinking about taking IB Economics or you are currently enrolled in the course. In this article, I'll discuss each of the topics covered in IB Standard Level and IB Higher Level, the number of hours dedicated to each topic, and what the IB expects you to understand in each topic. 

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Important: Read This Before Sending ACT Scores to Colleges

Posted by Dr. Anna Wulick | Jun 13, 2018 5:30:00 PM

ACT General Info, ACT Logistics


No college application is complete without test scores. But sending scores to colleges doesn't have to be a confusing and frustrating process! Read this article to understand all the options for sending out your ACT scores, to get help with the many decisions you will have to make, and to know what to do if you run into problems.

I'll describe the basic process of how to send ACT scores, how to take full advantage of the ACT's individual score reporting, when to send scores, and how to make sure your scores don't get lost. At the same time, I'll go through the pros and cons of every option and suggest a recommended course of action. 

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The 20 Best Video Game Design Schools in the US

Posted by Justin Berkman | Jun 13, 2018 5:00:00 PM

College Info

Are you a gamer who dreams of one day getting paid to create video games? Have you ever played a video game and thought that you could do a better job coming up with the characters, dialogue, or rules? Maybe you should consider studying game design and entering a growing and lucrative field.

In this article, I'll explain game design, provide a list of the best video game design schools, and let you know how to use the list to help you find the right college for you.

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The Expert's Guide to the AP Calculus AB Exam

Posted by Christine Sarikas | Jun 13, 2018 10:00:00 AM

Advanced Placement (AP)

Are you taking the AP Calculus AB exam this spring and want to be well prepared on test day? The AP Calculus AB exam in 2019 will be held on Tuesday, May 14, at 8 am.

Before you sit down to take the exam, though, it’s critical that you know how the Calculus AB test is formatted, what topics it covers, and how you’ll be scored on it. This guide will go over all of that information while also showing you official sample problems and giving you tips on the best way to prepare for AP Calculus AB. 

The exam was updated in May 2017, so this guide will explain what changes have been made and how they might affect your review. The AP Calculus AB exam can sometimes seem overwhelming, but we're here to break it down into clear and manageable information for you. Let’s get started!

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(Updated) ACT Essay Scoring: Completely Explained

Posted by Laura Staffaroni | Jun 13, 2018 9:00:00 AM

ACT Writing

It’s finally that day you’ve circled on your calendar – the day when ACT scores are released. You log into ACTstudent and look at your essay score. There's an "8" for your overall Writing score as well as four different "domain" scores of 6, 8, 9, and 10. What does your ACT Writing score mean and how is your ACT essay scored? This article will shed some light on both of these things.

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The Best IB Chemistry Study Guide and Notes for SL/HL

Posted by Dora Seigel | Jun 13, 2018 8:00:00 AM

International Baccalaureate (IB)

IB Chemistry may not be quite as easy as this penguin makes it seems. So to help you out, I have compiled the best FREE online IB Chemistry Study Guides and Notes into one helpful article. I will order this IB Chemistry Study Guide using the IB Chemistry Syllabus.    

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The 52 Art Scholarships You Need to Know About

Posted by Mary Ann Barge | Jun 12, 2018 1:30:00 PM

Financial Aid

People are always saying that art doesn’t pay. Fortunately, they aren’t always right. Prospective art students will be happy to know that there is a multitude of art scholarships out there that will help pay for their educations.

We have all the details on the best art scholarships below, so read on to see which scholarships you should apply to!

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The Complete IB Chemistry Syllabus: SL and HL

Posted by Dora Seigel | Jun 12, 2018 11:00:00 AM

International Baccalaureate (IB)

IB Chemistry is tough. If you are reading this syllabus, I assume you are interested in potentially taking this course or you are currently enrolled in the course. In this article, I'll discuss every topic covered in IB Chemistry Standard Level and IB Chemistry Higher Level and the number of hours dedicated to each topic along with what the IB expects you to understand in each topic.

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