SAT / ACT Prep Online Guides and Tips

Should I Take AP Calculus AB or AP Calculus BC?

Posted by Halle Edwards | Feb 6, 2018 1:00:00 PM

Advanced Placement (AP)

Are you trying to decide between taking AB or BC Calculus? Or are you just wondering what the difference between the two classes is?

We’ll help you decide which AP Calculus class to take, based on your prerequisite classes, college plans, and career goals.

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Is the ACT Easier Than the SAT?

Posted by Laura Registrato | Feb 6, 2018 1:00:00 PM

SAT versus ACT

Because all US colleges accept scores from either the ACT or SAT, picking the test on which you’ll perform better is critical to your admission chances. But when parents and students ask whether the ACT is easier than the SAT, it can be hard to give a good answer. You might not know how the tests compare with each other or which one you're more likely to do better on.

There are differences between the SAT and ACT that can make one or the other legitimately easier or harder for test takers. So how do you know whether the SAT or ACT is easier for you? Keep reading to learn the eight key factors that'll help you determine whether the ACT or SAT is easier.

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New SAT vs Old SAT: Changes You Must Know

Posted by Dr. Fred Zhang | Feb 5, 2018 6:00:00 PM

SAT Logistics, New SAT

In 2016, the SAT changed drastically from the old SAT. In terms of content, no other SAT changes in the past few decades have been this dramatic. If you're familiar with the old SAT, here's what you must know to do well on the current version of the SAT.

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The Best SAT Vocabulary Practice: Tips and Resources

Posted by Hannah Muniz | Feb 5, 2018 12:00:00 PM

SAT Writing, SAT Reading

A solid vocabulary is essential to getting a high SAT score. But what methods can give you the quality SAT vocab practice you'll need to succeed on test day? After all, just reading a lengthy list of vocab words doesn't necessarily mean you'll know how to use them in a sentence or be able to remember what they mean on during the exam.

We explain how important vocab is on the SAT and how it’s tested. More importantly, we give you our top four vocab study methods as well as our picks for the five best resources to use for quality SAT vocabulary practice. Read on to learn what these are!

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Here’s Exactly What to Do Before a Test

Posted by Hannah Muniz | Feb 2, 2018 12:00:00 PM

Other High School

Whether you’re taking the SAT, the ACT, an SAT Subject Test, the PSAT, an AP exam, a final, or any other test for high school, it's essential to know what to do beforehand so you can give yourself the best shot at getting a high score.

In this guide, we introduce our top 11 tips for what to do before a test, from how to study for a test the night before to how to relax before a test using deep breathing.

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The 5 Steps to Becoming a Lawyer: Complete Guide

Posted by Francesca Fulciniti | Feb 1, 2018 11:00:00 PM

Other High School, College Info

Law is one of the toughest trades to break into - there’s a lot of competition out there, and there’s a lot at stake (law school isn’t exactly cheap). If you’re interested in entering the legal profession, you should be well-informed about everything it takes to become a lawyer.

Here, I’ll go through all the steps of how to become a lawyer. Before I jump into that, however, I’ll begin by touching briefly on what the job market looks like for lawyers both now and in the future.

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How to Use Khan Academy for ACT Prep: Complete Guide

Posted by Christine Sarikas | Feb 1, 2018 8:00:00 AM

ACT Strategies

Khan Academy has recently partnered with the College Board, the makers of the SAT, to produce free and official SAT prep materials. Unfortunately, there's currently no official Khan Academy ACT prep; however, students can still use Khan Academy’s resources to help them prepare for the ACT.

This guide will go over what materials Khan Academy offers, why you should consider using them, and exactly which resources will be most helpful and which topics you will need to use additional review materials for so that you can be as well-prepared for the ACT as possible.

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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 Percentiles and Score Rankings (Updated 2018)

Posted by Halle Edwards | Jan 31, 2018 4:30:00 PM

SAT General Info

Have you taken the SAT recently and need help deciding whether you should retake the test? Or maybe you haven’t taken the SAT yet but want to develop a target score.

One of the best ways to understand your SAT scores is to understand your SAT score percentiles. You can learn to maximize your study time, find the biggest score gains, and impress your dream school by understanding percentile rankings. Read on for a guide to maximizing your SAT score—and your college admissions chances—by using SAT score percentiles.

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The Ultimate Guide to the AP Statistics Exam

Posted by Christine Sarikas | Jan 31, 2018 12:00:00 PM

Advanced Placement (AP)

Are you taking AP Statistics? If so, you’re likely wondering what to expect from the AP Statistics exam. Before you sit down to take the final test, it’s important to understand how the AP Stats test is formatted, what topics it will cover, and how it’ll be scored.

This guide will explain all of that information, show you official sample problems and give you tips on the best way to prepare for the AP Statistics test. 

In 2018, the AP Statistics exam will take place on Thursday, May 18th at 12:00pm.

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My Successful Harvard Application (Complete Common App + Supplement)


In 2005, I applied to college and got into every school I applied to, including Harvard, Princeton, Stanford, and MIT. I decided to attend Harvard.

In this guide, I’ll show you the entire college application that got me into Harvard - page by page, word for word.

In my complete analysis, I'll take you through my Common Application, Harvard supplemental application, personal statements and essays, extracurricular activities, teachers' letters of recommendation, counselor recommendation, complete high school transcript, and more. I’ll also give you in-depth commentary on every part of my application.

To my knowledge, a college application analysis like this has never been done before. This is the application guide I wished I had when I was in high school.

If you’re applying to top schools like the Ivy Leagues, you’ll see firsthand what a successful application to Harvard and Princeton looks like. You’ll learn the strategies I used to build a compelling application. You’ll see what items were critical in getting me admitted, and what didn’t end up helping much at all.

Reading this guide from beginning to end will be well worth your time - you might completely change your college application strategy as a result. 

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Low GPA but High SAT/ACT: What Should You Do?

Posted by Halle Edwards | Jan 31, 2018 9:30:00 AM

College Admissions

Say you have done the near-impossible, and gotten an amazing SAT score of 2200 or higher or an ACT score of 32 or higher. Many high school students across the country are probably jealous of you!

But what if your GPA is much lower – a 3.0, or even a 2.0? Do you still have a shot at top colleges? What will admissions officers think about you?

Read on to find out what to do with a low GPA, high SAT/ACT score application. That high score could be worth a lot more than you think!

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4 Strategies to Raise Your GPA in High School Fast

Posted by Samantha Lindsay | Jan 31, 2018 9:00:00 AM


It can be difficult to improve your GPA quickly, especially if you’re in the latter half of high school already. With your previous grades working against you, you’ll have to put in even more effort to overcome lower averages.

However, there are some measures you can take to have a better chance of raising your GPA quickly and effectively. In this article, I’ll give you different strategies that may help you raise your GPA even if you don’t have much time left in high school.

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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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Big Picture Questions in SAT Reading: Strategies and Tips

Posted by Laura Staffaroni | Jan 30, 2018 6:00:00 PM

SAT Reading

Of the many question types on SAT Reading, "big picture" questions are the ones that require the most thorough comprehension of large amounts of text. You'll be asked to discuss and examine the main claim or purpose of a paragraph, passage, or even multiple passages.

But how do you identify these "big picture" questions on SAT Reading? And what are the best ways to approach answering them?

Below, I’ll discuss the three primary types of big picture questions you’ll encounter on the SAT, along with common ways the SAT will ask you about each. I'll also give you expert SAT Reading strategies to answer these questions, illustrated with examples from real practice questions.

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