SAT / ACT Prep Online Guides and Tips

SAT Score Range: 3 Steps to Understanding Your Score

Posted by Hannah Muniz | Apr 20, 2017 12:00:00 PM

SAT General Info

Confused about the SAT score range? It's no secret that the SAT has undergone drastic changes since 2016, shifting from a 2400-point scale to a markedly narrower 1600-point scale. But what do these numbers mean for you? How can you use SAT score ranges to determine the scores you need for college?

First, we'll discuss the current SAT scores range for the exam as a whole, and for each SAT section and subsection. After, we’ll take a close look at how SAT scores are distributed among test takers, explain why colleges maintain different SAT score ranges, and teach you how to set your own SAT goal score.

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Is the ACT Curved? Expert Guide to the ACT Curve

Posted by Hannah Muniz | Apr 17, 2017 12:00:00 PM

ACT General Info

Whether you've already taken the ACT or are busy preparing for it now, you've likely wondered at some point: is the ACT curved? Does a 32 on one ACT equal a 32 on another?

In this article, we’ll investigate the rumor of the ACT curve and explain what it really means. Then we'll examine the function of this curve as well as how it's changed over time, before finally explaining what the ACT curve means for test takers and how you can use it to your advantage.

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Step-by-Step Guide With Pictures: SAT Registration

Posted by Allen Cheng | Apr 15, 2017 4:00:00 PM

SAT Logistics

Registering for the SAT sounds like the easiest part of the process. But signing up is much more convoluted than you think, and some things matter a lot more than others. Most of all, you want to avoid classic registration mistakes that can cost you dearly.

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The Most Reliable SAT Essay Template and Format

Posted by Laura Staffaroni | Apr 14, 2017 6:00:00 PM

SAT Writing

Aside from the “grid in” math questions, all you have to do for most of the SAT is answer multiple choice questions.

And then, if you've chosen to take it, there's the essay. Or, more accurately, "To finish up, there's the essay." Because the last thing you'll do on the SAT (with Essay) is read a passage and write an essay analyzing its argument, all in 50 minutes.

How can you even begin to read a passage, analyze it, and write an essay about it in 50 minutes? What SAT essay structure should you follow? Is there an SAT essay format that’ll score you a top score for sure? Read on to find out the answers to these questions!

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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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The Best SAT Online Practice Tests and Questions

Posted by Christine Sarikas | Apr 13, 2017 12:00:00 PM

SAT General Info

Good preparation is key to feeling confident and scoring well on the SAT, and the good news is that you have access to tons of SAT study resources right on your laptop or smartphone! There are lots of online SAT practice tests and quizzes available, but it can be tough figuring out which are the best to use.

Because of that, we’ve created a guide that compiles all the best online SAT practice materials, from official practice tests to targeted quizzes and websites designed to help you understand tricky concepts the SAT tests. And, best of all, all of these resources are free! After reading this guide, you’ll know which online SAT practice materials to use and the best way to use them to get a top score, so let’s get started!

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Should You Use the Universal College App or the Common App?

Posted by Halle Edwards | Apr 12, 2017 8:00:00 PM

College Admissions

For years, the Common Application (CA) was the only widely available application for use at multiple colleges. It was created in 1975, with 15 colleges in its first year. It still dominates the college application world, and today is used by over 500 colleges and universities.

However, back in 2007, the Universal Common Application (UCA) was created, and now serves 34 colleges and universities.

So what exactly are the differences between the CA and the UCA? Why do colleges use one, both, or neither? And which one should you use? We will explore these questions in this post and help you decide how to apply.

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How Long Does It Take to Get SAT Scores Back?

Posted by Rebecca Safier | Apr 12, 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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ACT Test Dates Full Guide to Choosing (2016, 2017, 2018)

Posted by Dr. Fred Zhang | Apr 12, 2017 2:00:00 PM

ACT General Info

Looking for info on the 2016-17 and 2017-18 ACT test dates? Knowing the most accurate ACT test dates is crucial for a solid test-taking plan. But though you may be tempted to go ahead and register for the next possible test date, what you should really be doing is finding a date that works well for you and your schedule.

In this guide, we offer an overview of upcoming ACT test dates, registration deadlines, and score release dates. We also give you tons of tips on how to choose an ACT test date and explain which test dates work best for juniors, seniors, and more.

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How to Cancel ACT Test Registration

Posted by Halle Edwards | Apr 10, 2017 9:00:00 PM

ACT Logistics

 

Have an ACT date coming up that you can’t make or think you’re not going to do well on? Learn here how to cancel ACT tests or change your ACT test date.

Importantly, we'll also cover some reasons why you might cancel your ACT registration – and help you decide if canceling is truly the best move.

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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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What Is Your ACT ID? Where Can You Find It?

Posted by Justin Berkman | Apr 10, 2017 4:00:00 PM

ACT Logistics

If you take the ACT, you should be aware of your ACT ID number. Knowing this number will ensure that you and the colleges of your choosing have access to your scores.

In this article, I’ll let you know how to find your ACT ID number, and I’ll detail why it’s important to know your ACT ID.

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A Massive Collection of Free SAT Practice Tests

Posted by Alex Heimbach | Apr 7, 2017 8:30:00 AM

SAT Strategies, SAT General Info, New SAT

Whether you’re building your own prep program or just supplementing a class, finding SAT practice tests and questions can pose a serious challenge. This article will go through every type of practice SAT test, how to best use them, and — most importantly — where you can find them.

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SAT Essay Prompts: The Complete List

Posted by Laura Staffaroni | Apr 6, 2017 5:00:00 PM

SAT Writing, SAT Essay

The SAT Essay has changed drastically from what it looked like from March 2005-January 2016. On the plus side, you’ll now be asked to do the same task every time: read an argument meant to persuade a broad audience and discuss how well the author argues his or her point. On the minus side, you have to do reading and analysis in addition to writing a coherent and organized essay.

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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What Sections Are on the ACT? All 4 Test Sections, Explained

Posted by Ellen McCammon | Apr 6, 2017 12:00:00 PM

ACT General Info

If you’re not sure what sections are on the ACT, we can help! In this guide to ACT sections, we’ll give you a quick summary of all the sections of the test. Then, we’ll take a closer look at each section. Finally, we’ll discuss which ACT test sections—and scores—are most important for you.

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