SAT / ACT Prep Online Guides and Tips

Which Measures IQ Better, ACT or SAT? What Does That Mean for Which to Take?

Posted by Dr. Fred Zhang | Oct 10, 2017 10:30:00 AM

SAT versus ACT

Does the ACT or SAT measure intelligence better? What does this mean about which test you should take?

One way to define IQ is the ability to solve problems based on given information. Here, we look at whether the ACT or SAT is more related to IQ (spoiler: there is an answer!) and what this means for your test-taking strategy.

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PSAT Score Needed for National Merit Scholarship

Posted by Dora Seigel | Oct 9, 2017 12:00:00 PM

PSAT Info and Strategies

Each year more than 1.5 million juniors take the PSAT in the hopes of qualifying for the National Merit Scholarship Program. But what do they need to score to earn Semifinalist distinction? In this guide, we'll let you know what PSAT score you need to qualify for Semifinalist status in your state and potentially move on to win a National Merit scholarship.

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How to Improve Your SAT Writing Score: 8 Key Strategies

Posted by Allen Cheng | Oct 7, 2017 5:30:00 PM

SAT Strategies, SAT Writing

Are you struggling with SAT Writing + Reading scores between 300-500? You're not alone - hundreds of thousands of students are scoring in this range. But many don't know the best ways to break out of this score range and score a 600 or above.

Here we'll discuss how to improve SAT Writing score effectively, and why it's so important to do so. Put these principles to work and I'm confident you'll be able to improve your score.

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How to Improve Your ACT Reading Score: 8 Expert Tips

Posted by Allen Cheng | Oct 7, 2017 9:02:00 AM

ACT Strategies, ACT Reading

Are you struggling with ACT Reading scores between 14-24? You're not alone - hundreds of thousands of students are scoring in this range. But many don't know the best ways to break out of this score range and score a 26 or above.

Here we'll discuss how to improve your ACT Reading score effectively, and why it's so important to do so. Unlike other fluffy articles out there, I'm focusing on actionable strategies that will raise your score. Put these 8 strategies to work and I'm confident you'll be able to improve your score.

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ACT Test Information Release: Should You Order It?

Posted by Samantha Lindsay | Oct 6, 2017 10:00:00 AM

ACT General Info

If you’re hoping to find out more information about your ACT scores or use your test as a study aid, you should think about ordering Test Information Release. I’ll go through what’s included in TIR, why you should strongly consider ordering it, and how to order it for your test.

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How to Get a Perfect ACT Score, by a 36 Full Scorer

Posted by Allen Cheng | Oct 5, 2017 6:01:00 PM

ACT Strategies


The maximum score on the ACT is a 36. Out of the 1.8 million students who take the test every year, only about 1,000 get the highest possible ACT score. This elusive perfect score places you at the top of millions of high school students and can be a big boost to your college applications.

I scored a perfect score on the ACT. 

Most of the advice out there about how to get a perfect score comes from people who didn't get perfect scores. In this exclusive article, I'll be breaking down exactly what it takes, and the techniques I used to get a perfect score.

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How to Improve Low SAT Math Scores: 9 Strategies

Posted by Allen Cheng | Oct 5, 2017 4:24:00 PM

SAT Strategies, SAT Math

Are you struggling with SAT Math scores between 300-500? You're not alone - hundreds of thousands of students are scoring in this range. But many don't know the best ways to break out of this score range and score a 600 or above.

Here we'll discuss how to improve SAT math score effectively, and why it's so important to do so. Put these principles to work and I'm confident you'll be able to improve your score.

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What's a Good PSAT Score for 2015?

Posted by Rebecca Safier | Oct 5, 2017 1:00:00 PM

PSAT Info and Strategies

 

With all the scoring changes on the redesigned College Board exams, what counts as a "good score" on the PSAT these days? There are a few factors you can use to define what's good: score percentiles, National Merit criteria, and your own personal goals for the PSAT and the SAT. First, it's critical to understand how the PSAT is scored. 

This guide will review the scoring scale of the PSAT, along with National Merit Scholarship Corporation's Selection Index, so you know what counts as a good PSAT score. To start off, let’s go over a few key PSAT terms that will help you understand the rest of this guide.

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What's The Average SAT Essay Score?

Posted by Laura Staffaroni | Oct 5, 2017 12:00:00 AM

SAT Essay

You've gotten back your SAT scores. On your score report, there's information about how you did on Evidence-Based Reading and Writing and Math, compared to students in the previous year's graduating class who took the SAT.

But what about your essay? How does your essay score compare to everyone else? There's no percentile information for that in the score report.

Find out what an average SAT essay score looks like (and how you stack up) in this article!

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130 Pre-College Summer Programs for High School Students

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

Extracurriculars

Summer programs provide high school students with opportunities to explore their academic interests and spark new passions. They also allow high school students to get a taste of college life and meet other students from all over the world.

In this article, I'll provide a list of colleges throughout the United States that host summer programs for high school students. Furthermore, I'll give you information about what pre-college summer programs are like and how you can select the right program for you.

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What Is Summer Institute for the Gifted? Should You Join?

Posted by Halle Edwards | Oct 4, 2017 10:00:00 AM

Other High School, Early Achievers (7th/8th Grade)

Want to challenge yourself this summer? Interested in showing colleges some of your academic interests? If so, you might heave heard about the Summer Institute for the Gifted.

In this post, we'll explain what the Summer Institute for the Gifted is all about; cover logistics such as application materials, cost, and dates; and help you decide whether it's a good fit for you.

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How to Get 800 on SAT Reading: 11 Strategies by a Perfect Scorer

Posted by Allen Cheng | Oct 2, 2017 6:09:00 PM

SAT Strategies, SAT Reading

Are you scoring in the 600-750 range on SAT Reading + Writing? Do you want to raise that score as high as possible - to a perfect 800?

Getting to a perfect SAT Reading test score isn't easy. It'll require perfection. But with hard work and my strategies below, you'll be able to do it. I've consistently scored 800 on Reading on my real SATs, and I know what it takes. Follow my advice, and you'll get a perfect score - or get very close.

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Updated List: Colleges With the Highest SAT Scores

Posted by Francesca Fulciniti | Oct 2, 2017 12:00:00 PM

College Info

If you’ve already taken the SAT, you know it will likely be an important component of your college applications. Maybe you've set a goal score for yourself based on the types of colleges you’re interested in. Even if you haven’t taken the SAT yet or are still considering whether to take it, you probably want to know more about what the most competitive colleges and universities expect when it comes to applicants’ standardized test scores.

I’ve compiled a list of colleges with the highest average SAT scores for admitted students. You’ll be able to compare your own SAT scores (or goal scores) with those of top colleges and universities. I’ll also talk about what these rankings actually mean so that you can interpret this information effectively. For example, are these schools the best schools you can attend? Are they the most competitive? What do you do if your SAT scores are below the listed averages? 

Read on for a list of the top schools ranked by SAT score, and answers to the above questions!

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ACT Scoring Error: Did You Get Someone Else's Scores by Mistake?

Posted by Christine Sarikas | Oct 2, 2017 11:00:00 AM

ACT General Info

Did you take the ACT and get a lower score than you expected? Do you think there may have been a scoring error? Maybe you filled in a section incorrectly or your exam wasn’t graded properly? Scoring errors on the ACT are rare, but they are possible, and there are ways to identify and correct these errors.

This guide will go over the steps you need to take in order to verify your scores, as well as what you should do to improve your score on future ACTs if there was no grading error.

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What to Do With a Low SAT/ACT Score

Posted by Dr. Fred Zhang | Oct 1, 2017 10:00:00 PM

SAT Strategies, ACT Strategies

You got your SAT/ACT score back, and it isn't what you'd hoped it'd be. Even though the SAT and ACT are each just a few hours long, the score you get often counts for a third or more of college admissions and can therefore have a big impact on your future.

The fact that you're looking for solutions is a good first step. It's important, now more than ever, not to freak out and to instead calmly plan the best steps forward. In this article, we go over our top four tips for what to do with a low SAT or ACT score.

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