SAT / ACT Prep Online Guides and Tips

Do You Need SAT Scores to Transfer Colleges?

Posted by Alex Heimbach | Sep 15, 2019 6:30:00 PM

SAT General Info

Determining all the different requirements for transferring colleges can be a huge hassle. One of the most common questions students have is whether they need to submit SAT scores to apply as transfer students.

There's no single answer to this question, but this guide will explain some common policies about SAT scores for transfer applicants. It'll also go over how to determine whether you need to submit SAT scores and how much attention schools pay to these scores when they also have your grades from another college.

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Complete Guide: Colleges Not Requiring SAT Scores

Posted by Rebecca Safier | Sep 15, 2019 6:00:00 PM

SAT General Info, College Admissions

Not all admissions processes are created equal. One major point of difference among colleges these days is how admissions officers consider your SAT scores. More and more schools are de-emphasizing SAT scores as part of your application with test-optional and test-flexible policies. One college has even eliminated SAT scores completely!

There are now more than 1,000 accredited, bachelor-degree granting institutions that have changed their approaches to standardized test scores. Keep in mind that the majority of colleges, especially the more prestigious schools, do still require (and strongly consider) SAT scores.

Let’s take a look at the different score policies and the schools that no longer require applicants to submit their SAT scores for admission.

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SAT Percentiles and Score Rankings (Updated 2019)

Posted by Halle Edwards | Sep 15, 2019 4:30:00 PM

SAT General Info

Have you taken the SAT recently and need help deciding whether you should retake the test? Or maybe you haven’t taken the SAT yet but want to develop a target score.

One of the best ways to understand your SAT scores is to understand your SAT score percentiles. You can learn to maximize your study time, find the biggest score gains, and impress your dream school by understanding percentile rankings. Read on for a guide to maximizing your SAT score—and your college admissions chances—by using SAT score percentiles.

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Best SAT Prep Books 2019

Posted by Allen Cheng | Sep 8, 2019 12:00:00 PM

SAT Strategies, SAT General Info

There are a lot of "Best SAT Books" lists out there, but we think that most of them aren’t very good or thorough. As a result, I’ve tried to write a much better guide here.

In this article, you’ll learn which books are absolutely critical for your SAT prep, which books you can use to improve your individual section scores, and which books you'll need if you’re aiming for a top score. More importantly, you’ll learn how to use these SAT prep books for effective studying.

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Future Years' SAT Test Dates, Schedules, and Deadlines

Posted by Dr. Fred Zhang | Sep 1, 2019 8:00:00 PM

SAT General Info

Future SAT test dates are only confirmed less than a year in advance, but we at PrepScholar have done the hard work of looking at past test date patterns to predict future SAT test dates and registration deadlines.

For 2019-20, the official timetable is set in stone. But even though they're more uncertain, we can predict future years like 2021 and 2022 with decent confidence. These predictions have been updated in September 2019 to reflect the latest possible data.

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How Much Should You Pay for SAT/ACT Classes?

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

ACT General Info, SAT General Info

Studying on your own for the SAT/ACT can feel like trying to prepare for a marathon when you’ve never even run one before: it can be overwhelming and you have no idea what to do or where to start.

This is why a prep class is often an excellent idea. Classes teach you all the components of the exam, give you tips for test day, and ensure you get the score you want. But as you might’ve guessed, classes can be pretty expensive, making you wonder: are ACT prep classes worth it? Are SAT prep classes worth it?

We’ll go over the biggest benefits of SAT/ACT prep classes, how to figure out your own prep class budget, and how to ensure you get your money’s worth.

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4 Essential Tips for Finding the Best SAT/ACT Class for You

Posted by Hannah Muniz | Aug 21, 2019 12:00:00 PM

ACT General Info, SAT General Info

Did you know that studying for the SAT or ACT can be a joint effort? This is one of the draws of ACT and SAT prep classes, which allow you to learn the most important components of the exam in a group setting, with guidance and advice from an expert teacher. Unfortunately, not all classes are high quality, so you’ll need to carefully vet any you're interested in before committing to one.

In this article, we go over the six key qualities that make for a great SAT/ACT prep class. We then introduce our four tips for finding the right prep class for you. Before we do all that, though, let's answer an important question: should everyone take an ACT/SAT prep class or not?

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Do Online SAT/ACT Classes Work? Is Online Test Prep Right for You?

Posted by Hannah Muniz | Aug 20, 2019 5:00:00 PM

ACT General Info, SAT General Info

If you’re thinking of hiring a private tutor or enrolling in a local class for your SAT or ACT studying, take a moment to consider whether an online prep class might be right for you.

To help you make an informed decision about your prep, we’re providing you with a list of the six biggest pros and cons of online SAT and ACT classes. But first, what exactly is an online prep class and how does it work?

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What Is the SAT Waitlist? Should You Get on It?

Posted by Samantha Lindsay | Aug 18, 2019 3:00:00 PM

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Did you miss the registration deadline for the SAT test date you wanted? Don't fear—you still might have a chance to take the test if you get on the waitlist.

In this article, we give you instructions on how to register for the SAT waitlist, followed by some advice on whether it's the right choice for you.

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Colleges With Guaranteed Admission for SAT/ACT Scores

Posted by Samantha Lindsay | Aug 18, 2019 12:00:00 PM

ACT General Info, SAT General Info, College Admissions

Some colleges will guarantee admission to applicants who meet certain requirements for test scores and GPA. These schools are good choices for students who are looking for sure bets in the college application process.

In this guide, I've compiled every single school that offers guaranteed admission based on SAT/ACT scores, along with other requirements like residency and GPA. If you're lucky, you'll fit the criteria at one or more of these colleges and be 100% certain of your acceptance if you choose to apply.

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The Ultimate SAT Study Guide for SAT Prep

Posted by Allen Cheng | Aug 18, 2019 12:00:00 PM

SAT Strategies, SAT General Info

At PrepScholar, we've written the largest set of high-quality SAT guides available, covering pretty much everything you need to know to improve your score on the SAT. They're all free and online, right here on our blog, and we think they beat any book you can purchase.

This guide, our Ultimate SAT Prep Study Guide, combines our most important SAT guides on one page. If you master all of the concepts linked to on this page, use them in your own practice and studying, and stay motivated to work hard, you'll have an amazing shot at improving your SAT score. Essentially, you'll have a huge advantage over students who don't know this information and lack the motivation to employ it in their own studying.

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The 5 Best SAT Prep Courses: Which Is Right for You?

Posted by Hannah Muniz | Aug 13, 2019 2:00:00 PM

SAT Strategies, SAT General Info

What is the absolute best SAT prep course? The truth is that there’s no one correct answer to this. After all, what works for one student might not necessarily work for another student.

In this article, we introduce five of the best SAT prep courses (both in-person and online) and give you their pros and cons to help you determine which class will be the best fit for you. We also provide you with our top four tips for getting the most out of your SAT prep class.

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What Do SAT Scores Measure? IQ? Income?

Posted by Samantha Lindsay | Aug 4, 2019 7:30:00 PM

SAT General Info

Everyone knows that scores on the SAT can make or break your college admissions chances, but can they measure your innate cognitive abilities? What do they really say about your potential?

In this article, I'll tell you what SAT scores can and can't measure and provide advice about when you might use them to estimate your own capabilities.

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Complete Official SAT Practice Tests, Free Links

Posted by Allen Cheng | Jul 21, 2019 10:00:00 PM

SAT General Info

Official SAT tests released by the College Board are the absolute gold standard for SAT practice questions. Each official practice test contains real questions given to actual students at previous administrations of the SAT. 

In this article, I'll show you where to find all official SAT practice tests online. This comprehensive guide gives you access to more practice tests than any other guide out there. Most of these tests are free and great practice to get started with your SAT prep. We'll also discuss how to use these practice tests to help you get the most improvement possible out of them.

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How Long Does It Take to Get SAT Scores Back?

Posted by Rebecca Safier | Jul 21, 2019 5:00:00 PM

SAT General Info

 

Don't you wish you could find out how you scored on the SAT right after you finish taking the test? Or maybe you'd like to forget all about it and pretend it never happened (better luck next time)!

Either way, your wait time for your SAT scores will be the same: somewhere between two and six weeks. This article fills you in on all the details of SAT score reporting and offers some advice for what to do once you get your scores.

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