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The New SAT vs. the ACT: Full Breakdown

Posted by Alex Heimbach | Jun 8, 2017 9:00:00 AM

SAT versus ACT, New SAT

For the past decade or so, the SAT has come under increasing scrutiny for its confusing structure, trick questions, and obscure vocabulary. Meanwhile, the ACT is often seen as the fairer test, more closely based in what students learn in school.

So now, as you may have heard, the College Board undertook a radical overhaul of the SAT that went effect in March of 2016 and, in many ways, made it much more similar to the ACT. Adding to the confusion is the fact that ACT, Inc. also made some minor changes to the ACT. 

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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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The New PSAT, Redesigned in 2015: Complete Guide

Posted by Rebecca Safier | Apr 3, 2017 10:00:00 PM

PSAT Info and Strategies, New SAT

If you're a student who graduates high school 2017 or later, you’ll be taking the redesigned PSAT. This new version of the test started in October 2015 was administered to all students across the country.

We’ll let you know all about the PSAT format, scoring, and content and what you need to know to be prepared. Not only is the 2015 PSAT an important step in prepping for the SATs, but it also qualifies you for National Merit distinctions and scholarships.

Let’s dive into the changes in format, scoring, and content being made to the redesigned PSAT and what these changes mean for your test prep.

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New 2016 SAT: What's a Good Score?

Posted by Samantha Lindsay | Feb 1, 2017 9:00:00 PM

New SAT

The SAT underwent significant changes in 2016, and you should be prepared to adjust your score goals accordingly. The new SAT is out of 1600 points instead of 2400, so your scores will end up looking a lot different.

In this article, I’ll show you what a good score on the new SAT might mean and how you can calculate a useful goal for yourself within the new scoring system.

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What's the Highest New SAT Score Possible?

Posted by Francesca Fulciniti | Jul 1, 2016 4:00:00 PM

SAT Logistics, New SAT

Understanding how the SAT scoring system works is an important part of preparing for the test - how else are you supposed to measure progress and set goals?  The SAT has undergone some recent changes, which means that the scoring system that most people were familiar with has seen a radical overhaul. Here, I’ll cover how the scoring system has changed and what that means for you.

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Confused By Your New SAT Score? 2 Controversies, Explained

Posted by Justin Berkman | Jun 18, 2016 8:00:00 AM

New SAT

With the launch of the redesigned SAT in March of 2016, a new era was born in standardized testing. While the College Board was hopeful that there would be no issues with the new test or its familiar scoring system (maximum score of 800 per section), unfortunately there have been scoring issues that are confusing and upsetting students. Furthermore, the College Board has managed to irk its arch nemesis, the ACT.

In this article, I’ll break down these controversies and explain what they mean for you.

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Book Review: The Official SAT Study Guide, 2016 Edition

Posted by Dora Seigel | Jun 17, 2016 6:00:00 PM

New SAT

The College Board recently published a new version of the Official SAT Study Guide (3rd edition) to reflect the newly redesigned 2016 SAT. What’s the book like? Is it helpful? In this review, I’ll break down the strengths and weaknesses of the book, talk about how students feel about it, and tell you whether it’s worth buying.

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What Is the New SAT Like? Student Reactions to the Test

Posted by Dora Seigel | Apr 15, 2016 8:30:00 AM

New SAT

The newly redesigned 2016 SAT debuted on March 5th. If you haven't taken it yet, you may be wondering what to expect: What is the New SAT like? What did students think of the exam? Was it easier or harder than the old SAT? How did it compare to the ACT?

In this article, I’ll discuss the reactions to the new SAT and talk about what it means for you. 

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What Do SAT Subscores Mean? Expert Guide

Posted by Rebecca Safier | Apr 14, 2016 4:00:00 PM

New SAT

On first glance, your SAT score report may look completely confusing. Altogether, you’ll get a total of 15 distinct scores, or 18 if you take the essay section! While the scores are numerous, they're also helpful. They put your results under the microscope and give you detailed feedback about your performance.

This guide will demystify all these test scores, cross-test scores, and subscores so you can make the most out of your SAT score report. Let’s start with a glossary to help you keep track of all the different score types.

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How to Get the Most Out Of Khan Academy SAT Prep

Posted by Christine Sarikas | Apr 10, 2016 8:30:00 AM

SAT Strategies, New SAT

The College Board has recently partnered with Khan Academy to provide free SAT prep resources. There are a lot of resources offered, and they can be a great help if you know how to use them correctly.

This guide will explain exactly what prep materials Khan Academy offers, what they’re best for, when you should rely on other prep materials, and tips for getting the most of out Khan Academy's resources.

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Should I Take the SAT Essay? How to Decide

Posted by Christine Sarikas | Apr 7, 2016 9:00:00 AM

New SAT, SAT Essay

The SAT has recently undergone some major revisions, and one of the biggest changes is that its previously required essay is now optional. This can be confusing for some students and parents. Should you take the essay? Will colleges require the essay or not? Will taking the essay make your application stronger?

Read on for answers to all these questions. This guide will explain what the SAT essay is, what the pros and cons of taking it are, and how you can make the best choice for you.

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The 10 New SAT Changes and What They Mean for You

Posted by Rebecca Safier | Apr 7, 2016 8:00:00 AM

New SAT


Times, they are a-changin’. Bob Dylan’s 1964 anthem of change may not have originally referred to a college admissions test, but it certainly applies to the SAT overhaul of 2016. The redesigned test features huge changes from its previous version, in terms of its structure, scoring, and content.

Read on to learn about the major updates and what you can do to prepare for them. To start, let’s take a look at the test’s structure and exactly how it’s a-changin'.

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High Score on the Old SAT: Should I Take the New SAT?

Posted by Rebecca Safier | Apr 2, 2016 9:00:00 AM

New SAT

If you’re a current high school student, then you’re caught in a big transition between the old SAT and the new SAT. You may have thought you were all set with a high SAT score, but now you’re wondering, “Should I take the new SAT?”

Not to worry, help is here! You can easily resolve this concern by asking yourself two key questions. First, find out whether your colleges require the new SAT. If they don’t, feel free to scroll down to the next important question: is your score on the old SAT really high enough to achieve your goals?

Read on to consider one or both of these questions, and determine once and for all whether or not you need to take the redesigned SAT.

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Heart of Algebra: Key Strategies for SAT Math

Posted by Dora Seigel | Mar 25, 2016 9:00:00 PM

SAT Math, New SAT

On the newly redesigned 2016 SAT, the math section content is divided into four categories by the College Board: Heart of Algebra, Problem Solving and Data Analysis, Passport to Advanced Math, and Additional Topics in Math. Heart of Algebra accounts for the largest part of the SAT math section (33% of the test), so you need to be well prepared for it. In this post, I’ll be discussing this category's content and question types, working through practice problems, and giving tips on how to ace these questions.

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New SAT Practice Tests: 8 Tips for Finding and Using Them

Posted by Francesca Fulciniti | Mar 23, 2016 8:45:00 AM

New SAT

The new SAT is officially here, which means that a lot of the old SAT practice material out there isn’t very helpful anymore. In order to study effectively, it’s important to use practice tests that test the same strategy and content as the SAT. With the recent SAT overhaul, this means turning to new practice material.

Official College Board tests are the gold standard when it comes to test prep materials. Here, you’ll find free links to all the official New SAT practice tests, essays, answer keys, and scoring instructions, along with tips and strategies on how to use them.

You might notice, however, that there’s not much official prep material available. If you’re looking for more legitimate practice problems to work with, you’ll find helpful alternatives to the official practice tests towards the end.

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