SAT / ACT Prep Online Guides and Tips

When Don't SAT/ACT Scores Matter for College Admissions?

Posted by Rebecca Safier | Jan 1, 2019 8:30:00 PM

SAT/ACT Score Target, College Admissions

Have you started researching how to apply to college? You may know that most college-bound students take the SAT and ACT. But just how important are they, and when can you get away without taking them?

Let's look at when SAT and ACT scores are important for college admissions, and when they're not.

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What's a Good 7th Grade ACT / SAT Score?

Posted by Dr. Fred Zhang | Dec 9, 2018 5:48:00 PM

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The SAT / ACT is incredibly important for many students.  It's used to determine admissions into talent programs like Duke's TIP or Johns Hopkins CTY.  It's also a good predictor of future college potential.  

But how do you know what a good SAT / ACT score is for someone in middle school?  Here, Dr. Fred Zhang does a novel analysis on two data sets to find what is considered a good score for middle school students.

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Can You Fail the SAT?

The SAT is a pretty high-stakes test - it’s an important part of your college applications, which could mean trouble if you get a low score. But can you fail the SAT altogether?

The good news is that officially, it’s impossible to fail the SAT - but that doesn’t mean that a low score doesn't mean bad news. Here, I’ll review everything you need to know about why you can’t really fail the SAT, but why poor marks may as well count as failing.

Worried about your score? At the end, I’ll go over the steps you should take to pull them up.  

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What's a Good 10th Grade ACT/SAT Score?

Posted by Dr. Fred Zhang | Jun 1, 2018 12:00:00 AM

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Are you a 10th grader considering taking the SAT or ACT? Then you probably want to know what a good SAT/ACT score is for sophomores. While you might think we can simply use raw test score data from 11th graders, this information isn't totally accurate for or relevant to sophomores. Here, I'll analyze two data sets to figure out what's considered a good SAT/ACT score for 10th graders.

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What's a Good 8th Grade ACT / SAT Score?

Posted by Dr. Fred Zhang | May 17, 2018 8:00:00 PM

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The SAT / ACT is a good predictor of future college potential.  During 8th grade these tests are looming ahead, but how do you know what's a good SAT / ACT score for someone at this grade level?  Here, Dr. Fred Zhang does a novel analysis on two data sets to find what is considered a good score for middle school students.

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What's a Good 9th Grade ACT / SAT Score?

Posted by Dr. Fred Zhang | May 16, 2018 8:00:00 PM

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The SAT / ACT is coming up quickly for 9th graders, but using raw SAT / ACT data mostly from 11th graders to see if you're doing well isn't correct.  Here, Dr. Fred Zhang does a novel analysis on two data sets to find what is considered a good SAT or ACT score for 9th grade students.

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On the SAT, How Many People Get a 1400, 1500, or 1600?

Posted by Dr. Fred Zhang | May 3, 2018 7:00:00 PM

SAT/ACT Score Target, SAT General Info

How many students get a high score on the SAT?  How many students get a perfect score?  Here we look at the number of students and the percentile of these top ranks. Then we find out whether you should retake the SAT if you get these scores.

Note: This guide was created when the SAT used its old 2400 scoring scale. Unfortunately, we don't have the same data for the current version of the SAT (out of 1600 points), but we do have a conversion chart below so you can convert your 1600-scale SAT score to a 2400-scale score and still make use of the information in this article.

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What's a Good SAT Score for 2018?

Posted by Laura Staffaroni | Dec 7, 2017 12:00:00 PM

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Another year, another chance to take the SAT! If you're taking the SAT this year, you might be wondering: just what is a good SAT score for 2018? Is there a particular score I should be aiming for to make sure I get into the colleges I want to go to?

To answer the question of what good SAT scores for 2018 are, this article looks at a few different definitions of what makes a good SAT score, and how this has changed over time. We also explain why SAT score goals should be specific to each student and give you step-by-step instructions for choosing your target SAT score.

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Your ACT Superscore Calculator

Posted by Dora Seigel | Nov 29, 2017 7:30:00 AM

SAT/ACT Score Target, ACT General Info

Planning and trying to reach your ACT target score can be stressful and frustrating. You got a 36 in Math on one test date and a 35 in Reading on another test date. Why can’t you just get all of your highest individual section scores on the same test date?

If you’re applying to colleges that superscore the ACT, you don’t have to worry about that. So what is an ACT superscore? And how do you calculate it? In this post, I’ll explain what superscoring means, how to create your own ACT superscore calculator, and how superscoring affects your test-prep strategy.

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PSAT to SAT Scores: Does One Predict the Other? What's a Good PSAT Score?

Posted by Dr. Fred Zhang | Nov 28, 2017 8:00:00 PM

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The PSAT is the first exposure many students have to college entrance exams. Because the two tests are so similar, the PSAT is very good at predicting how you'll do on the SAT. In this article, we explain the most accurate way to use your PSAT score to predict your future SAT score.

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What's a Good ACT Score for 2018?

Posted by Hannah Muniz | Nov 23, 2017 12:00:00 PM

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Planning to take the ACT in the 2017-18 school year? In addition to studying for the test, you'll need to know what score to aim for. What is a good ACT score for 2018? What's a good score for each section? Has the definition of a good ACT score changed over time?

We'll start by looking at what are considered good ACT scores for 2018 using the average score and percentiles. After, we'll go over how to set an ACT goal score and then examine historical ACT score data to see whether the definition of good ACT scores has changed in recent years.

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What's a Good SAT Math or Reading/Writing (EBRW) Score?

Posted by Laura Staffaroni | Nov 7, 2017 2:00:00 PM

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In this article, we’ll go over how to calculate target SAT Math, Reading, and Writing scores, as well as why you might want to do this.

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How Many Questions Can You Miss for a Perfect SAT Score?

Posted by Dora Seigel | Jun 12, 2017 10:30:00 PM

SAT/ACT Score Target, SAT General Info

Every year about 500 students get a perfect score on the SAT. How many questions can you get wrong and still be among this elite group? Find out here in a complete breakdown of the Math and Evidence-Based Reading and Writing sections across eight official SAT practice tests.

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What's a Good SAT Score for 2017?

Posted by Hannah Muniz | May 19, 2017 12:00:00 PM

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If you're planning on taking the SAT this year, you might be wondering how high you'll need to aim in order to get a good (or even great!) score. What is a good SAT score for 2017? More importantly, what is a good SAT score for you?

In this guide, we look at different ways to define good SAT scores for 2017 and teach you how to set an SAT goal score. In addition, we examine old SAT averages and percentiles to determine whether (and how) the definition of a good SAT score has changed over time.

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What's a Good ACT Score for an Honors Student?

Posted by Vero Lecocq | Jan 16, 2016 7:00:00 PM

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It can be hard to tell what counts as a good score on the ACT, especially for high-achieving students. In this article, I'll explain what competitive ACT scores are for an honors student and what that means for you.

But first let's define our terms!

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