SAT / ACT Prep Online Guides and Tips

What Is a Personal Statement? Everything You Need to Know About the College Essay

Posted by Alex Heimbach | Aug 12, 2017 9:00:00 AM

College Admissions, College Essays

In addition to standardized test scores and transcripts, a personal statement or essay is a required part of many college applications. This requirement can be one of the most stressful parts of the process because it's the most open ended. 

In this guide, I'll answer the question, "What is a personal statement?" I'll talk through common college essay topics and what makes for an effective personal statement. 

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The Complete List of NCAA Division 1 Colleges (Most Recent)

Posted by Justin Berkman | Aug 10, 2017 9:00:00 PM

College Admissions

The NCAA, the major governing body for intercollegiate sports, separates its member institutions by divisions. Division I colleges are generally the biggest. They have the largest athletic department budgets and their sports teams generate the most revenue. All of the schools that participate in bowl games and March Madness are Division I schools. However, there are some regional colleges and smaller private schools you may not be familiar with that are also classified as Division I.

 

In this article, I’ll give you a basic understanding of Division I and a complete list of current Division I schools by state.

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The Complete Guide to ACT Grammar Rules

Posted by Laura Registrato | Aug 10, 2017 7:30:00 PM

ACT Strategies, ACT English

Even though the English language is complex, ACT English tests a specific set of grammar rules. Furthermore, it tests these rules the same way, over and over again.

In this complete guide, we've compiled the comprehensive list of ACT English grammar rules you need to know to ace the ACT English section. If you master all these rules and practice them with realistic ACT questions, you'll have a huge advantage on the English section.

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The Ultimate Free ACT Study Guide: Tips, Strategies, and Practice

Posted by Hannah Muniz | Aug 10, 2017 3:00:00 PM

ACT General Info

At PrepScholar, we've written the best online ACT prep guides available, covering everything you need to know to improve your score on the ACT. They're all available right here on our blog, and we think they beat any book you can purchase. What's more, they’re completely free!

This guide—our Ultimate ACT Prep Guide—collects all of our most important ACT study guides and articles in one place. We’ll walk you through everything you need to know to ace the ACT and improve your college admission chances.

We'll start off by briefly going over how to use this guide. Then, we'll go section by section through the most critical pieces of information you'll need to know to get a high ACT score. Here's an outline of what this free ACT study guide includes:

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Colleges Requiring All SAT Scores Sent: Complete List

Posted by Halle Edwards | Aug 9, 2017 8:00:00 PM

SAT Logistics, SAT Strategies

 

Are you putting together your college application list? One factor you may not have considered is which schools require you to send your entire SAT testing record. Unfortunately, you can't always hide your rotten SAT scores! So if you have some less-than-stellar scores, you might avoid (or at least think carefully) before applying to these schools.

We have a complete list of which schools require your complete SAT testing record. Read on for this list as well as exclusive advice for applying to these schools.

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When Is the FAFSA Deadline for 2018? Federal and State

Posted by Justin Berkman | Aug 9, 2017 5:30:00 PM

Financial Aid

To be considered for federal financial aid, you must complete and submit a FAFSA, the Free Application for Federal Student Aid. Most states, colleges, and universities also use the FAFSA to award other types of institutional financial aid, including state- and college-sponsored financial aid such as grants, educational loans, and work-study programs.

If you don’t get your FAFSA submitted by the deadline, you might be missing out on free money. Don’t do that. Make sure you know all the applicable federal, state, and college deadlines and follow them. Get that money.

In this article, I discuss when you should submit the FAFSA and how to ensure you don't miss any deadlines. In addition, I explain the financial aid process after you submit your FAFSA.

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Average ACT Scores by State (Most Recent)

Posted by Halle Edwards | Aug 9, 2017 11:30:00 AM

ACT General Info

Which state will come out on top?

Have you recently gotten your ACT score? Wondering about how it compares to others in your state? Or are you curious as to how your state’s average ACT score stacks up in comparison to the rest of the country?

We’ve compiled the average ACT scores by state, as well as the average in each subject area, using the latest data from the test makers. Read on to learn how your state—and your score—compares to the rest of the country.

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Colleges That Superscore ACT: Complete List

Posted by Rebecca Safier | Aug 9, 2017 9:30:00 AM

ACT General Info, College Admissions

Are you taking the ACT? Before registering, you should know how admissions officers look at your scores. Do they consider Math, Science, Reading, and English individually, or do they care more about the composite score?

You might be relieved to hear that many colleges “superscore” your ACT scores by taking the best subscores across all your test dates and creating the strongest possible composite score. Read on for the full list of colleges that superscore the ACT, followed by some tips on how you can use this policy to your advantage. 

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SAT Prep Black Book - Full Review

Posted by Allen Cheng | Aug 7, 2017 12:00:00 PM

SAT General Info

The SAT Prep Black Book's first edition was one of the best resources for SAT Prep, and its second edition continues that legacy.

Read this guide for a detailed review of the Black Book's strong points and weaknesses. Also, find out how to integrate this book as part of a complete prep program (because, as we'll explain, it's nowhere near enough for most students).

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How to Win a Coca Cola Scholarship

Posted by Francesca Fulciniti | Aug 6, 2017 7:00:00 PM

Financial Aid

If you're looking into scholarship programs to help pay for your college education, the famous Coca-Cola scholarships are a good place to start. Why are they famous? Well, the Coca-Cola foundation offers some of the most generous awards out there to graduating high school seniors. They tend to be very competitive, so if you want a shot at the scholarship, you should learn as much about them as you possibly can. 

In this post, I'll talk about some of the logistical concerns you might have about the scholarship— things like deadlines and eligibility requirements. But more importantly, I'll also offer helpful tips and strategies to give your application the boost it needs. Read on to optimize your chances of winning one of these competitive scholarships!

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Should You Take the ACT With or Without Writing?

Posted by Alex Heimbach | Aug 4, 2017 1:30:00 PM

ACT General Info, ACT Writing

Because ACT Writing is optional, many students are unsure whether they need to add the extra 40 minutes to the test. However, there’s a simple answer to whether you should take the ACT with writing or without writing: it depends on whether the colleges you want to apply to require a writing score.

This guide will talk you through how the ACT writing got started, how to determine whether you should take the ACT with or without Writing, and some other considerations you may want to keep in mind.

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How to Choose a Major: 5 Key Factors to Consider

Posted by Ellen McCammon | Aug 4, 2017 12:00:00 PM

College Info

When it comes to choosing a college major, pithy truisms and conflicting advice abound. But whose advice can you trust? In this no-nonsense guide, we’ll help you figure out how to choose a major in college based on what’s important to you.

After a brief introduction to the dilemma of choosing a major we’ll reveal the most important part of choosing a major in college. Then we’ll go over what work you should be doing to help you pick a major in a variety of situations—before college, during college, and if any special circumstances arise. Finally, we’ll give some parting thoughts on major selection.

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When's the Last ACT/SAT for Early Admissions Deadlines?

Posted by Halle Edwards | Aug 4, 2017 9:00:00 AM

SAT Logistics, ACT Logistics, College Admissions

When’s the latest you can take the SAT or ACT if you’re submitting an early decision college application? You might be surprised by how late some colleges accept SAT and ACT scores—and how early others require them!

Read on to find out the latest dates on which you can take the SAT and ACT, and get specific dates for top colleges.

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Which Colleges Superscore the SAT?

Posted by Rebecca Safier | Aug 3, 2017 12:00:00 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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The Best Colleges With Low GPA Requirements

Posted by Dr. Anna Wulick | Aug 3, 2017 9:00:00 AM

College Admissions, Coursework/GPA

Do you have a low GPA? Are you wondering what colleges you can get into despite your low GPA?

Out of all the schools in the country, we've compiled a complete list of colleges with low GPA requirements and ranked the best ones. Even if you have a low GPA, that doesn't mean a great education is out of reach for you. Keep reading to figure out what your options are for higher education.

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