SAT / ACT Prep Online Guides and Tips

How Long Are Elephants Pregnant?

Posted by Hayley Milliman | Dec 1, 2019 1:00:00 PM

General Education

Elephants are the largest land mammals in the world. There are two species of elephant: the African elephant (Loxodonta africana) and the Asian elephant (Elephas maximus). While the two species live in different places, they have many characteristics in common, including the duration of their pregnancies. But how long are elephants pregnant for? Read this guide to find out!

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The Number 0: What It Is and How to Use It

Posted by Carrie Cabral | Dec 1, 2019 1:00:00 PM

General Education

The number 0 has long stumped people who are learning math concepts. Is zero a number? How do we use it? Though we all know on some level that zero means none or nothing, that doesn’t always help us incorporate it into math problems. Below we will go over a few basic functions of zero and how to solve equations containing zero using those functions.

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Does NYU Require the SAT Essay?

Posted by Ashley Robinson | Dec 1, 2019 12:00:00 PM

College Admissions, SAT Essay

New York University, or NYU, is a big school with more than 50,000 students and 18 schools and colleges. It’s also pretty tough to get intoonly 16% of students who applied to NYU in 2018 were accepted. 

If NYU is your dream school, don’t lose hope: you can get in as long as you start working toward your goal as soon as possible. Along with focusing on your extracurriculars and grade point average, you’ll want to make sure you’re acing your standardized tests, too! Does NYU require the SAT essay?

But NYU’s testing policy can be a little confusing. In this article, we’ll give you an overview of NYU’s standardized test requirements. Specifically, we’ll take a closer look at whether NYU requires you to submit the SAT essay. 

Let’s get started! 


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What Is a Good ASVAB Score?

Posted by Hannah Muniz | Dec 1, 2019 12:00:00 PM

General Education

To join the US military, you need to first talk to a recruiter and take the Armed Services Vocational Aptitude Battery, or ASVAB, a multiple-choice test used to determine your ability to succeed in the military. But what are good ASVAB scores? What are good ASVAB scores for Army hopefuls? What is a good Air Force ASVAB score?

We'll go over how the ASVAB is scored and give you a list of the minimum required ASVAB scores you’ll need to enlist in different military branches. We’ll also offer some helpful tips for preparing for the ASVAB test.

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Average ACT Scores by State (Most Recent)

Posted by Halle Edwards | Dec 1, 2019 11:30:00 AM

ACT General Info

Did you recently get your ACT scores back and are now wondering how your score compares with those of other test takers in your state? Or perhaps you're curious as to how your state’s average ACT score stacks up against other state averages.

For this article, we compiled the average ACT scores by state, as well as the average in each subject area, using the latest data from ACT, Inc. Read on to learn how your state's SAT data—and your ACT score—compares with the averages in the rest of the country.

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Updated List: Colleges With the Highest SAT Scores

Posted by Francesca Fulciniti | Dec 1, 2019 11:00:00 AM

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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Does Northeastern Require SAT Subject Tests?

Posted by Hannah Muniz | Dec 1, 2019 10:00:00 AM

SAT Subject Tests, College Info

If you’re applying to Northeastern University, you'll need to know their testing requirements. Does Northeastern require SAT Subject Tests or not? What about the regular SAT or ACT? We answer these questions here and go over all of Northeastern’s major testing requirements.

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What Is a Dragonfly? 10 Amazing Dragonfly Facts

Posted by Carrie Cabral | Dec 1, 2019 8:00:00 AM

General Education

Dragonflies are large insects that are well-known for their bright colors and bulbous eyes. Dragonflies can be a little startling if you haven’t seen them around, due to their size and their ability to fly at high speeds.

A unique and beautiful insects, dragonflies are the subject of many myths and stories, and are common in art, jewelry, and more. An ancient insect, dragonflies are expert flyers and hunters, and their habits and lives are a fascinating look into nature and evolution. Why do dragonflies look the way they do? What do dragonflies eat?  We'll answer these questions and give more dragonfly facts in this guide.

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The 11 Types of Bees You Should Know

Posted by Christine Sarikas | Nov 27, 2019 3:00:00 PM

General Education

There are thousands of types of bees around the world which can make learning about them or trying to identify a particular bee tough. We’re here to help! Read this guide to learn about the 11 most important types of bees to know, including bumblebees, honey bees, and carpenter bees. We also discuss how bees differ from other insects (including how you can tell types of bees and wasps apart) and the three tips you should follow to make identifying bees easier.

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Where Is the Gulf of Mexico? 11 Facts You Should Know

Posted by Christine Sarikas | Nov 27, 2019 1:00:00 PM

General Education

Not sure where the Gulf of Mexico is? Maybe you’re aware that it’s located along the Gulf coast but don’t know the exact boundaries, or maybe you’re trying to figure out if it’s part of the Atlantic Ocean or not. We’re here to help!

In this guide, we explain exactly where the Gulf of Mexico is and what its boundaries are, and we include a Gulf of Mexico map so you can see a visual of it. To complete your Gulf of Mexico knowledge, we also go over all the key information you should know about its physical geography and history. We end with some fun facts about the Gulf (spoiler alert: it’s home to a lot of sharks!).

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How Many Pints in a Gallon?

Posted by Hannah Muniz | Nov 27, 2019 12:00:00 PM

General Education

Knowing what the conversion rates are between common units of measurement, whether it's for a math problem or a recipe, can save you a lot of trouble. One critical conversion you should know is that between pints and gallons, which are used to measure liquid volume in the US.

How many pints in a gallon? How many pints in a half gallon? Read on to find the answers and to get tips for remembering these important conversions.

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What Is a Dolphin Fish? 11 Fun Fish Facts

Posted by Carrie Cabral | Nov 21, 2019 4:00:00 PM

General Education

A dolphin fish, also known as mahi-mahi, is a constant in tropical waters and, dare we say it, on seafood menus. While the dolphin fish is not actually a dolphin, it is a large, strong, fish that has a dorsal fin, which may inspire some comparisons to dolphins. The dolphin fish, like dolphins, are predators, and mainly roam the seas in the Gulf of Mexico, the Caribbean, and Hawaii. The dolphin fish is a brightly colored, vibrant fish that is an important part of ocean ecosystems.

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What's a Good SAT Score for 2020?

Posted by Hannah Muniz | Nov 21, 2019 1:00:00 PM

SAT/ACT Score Target

Planning to take the SAT soon? Then you're probably wondering, "What's a good SAT score for 2020?" In this comprehensive guide, we break down three different ways you can define good SAT scores for 2020 and explain why it's so important to set a goal score.

We also look at how SAT averages and percentiles have changed (or, rather, not changed) over the past few years and what this means for how we define what a good SAT score is.

Let's get started!

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When Do IB Results and Scores Come Out?

Posted by Dora Seigel | Nov 17, 2019 10:02:00 AM

International Baccalaureate (IB)

You're in an IB Diploma Programme or a few IB classes, and you have slaved all year (or two years) studying for your SLs and HLs. You sat for the exams - where you probably developed carpal tunnel syndrome. Also, you can relate a little too well to this video, but you are hoping you did a little bit better on your IB exams. So when do you get your scores? How do you get your scores? What does your score mean? I will answer all of these questions and more in this article.

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College Essay Prompts: Complete List, Analysis, and Advice

Posted by Alex Heimbach | Nov 17, 2019 8:30:00 AM

College Admissions, College Essays

When talking about college essays, we tend to focus on the Common Application prompts, and it's true that many students will need to write a Common App essay. However, there are actually quite a few schools, including both public and private universities, that don't use the Common App and instead ask applicants to respond to their own college essay prompts.

Luckily, college essay prompts tend to be pretty similar to each other. In this guide, I'll list all the college essay questions for popular schools in the US (and a few abroad) and then break down the patterns to help you brainstorm topics and plan how to approach multiple essays efficiently. After reading this guide, you'll be able to strategize which essays you'll write for which colleges.

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