SAT / ACT Prep Online Guides and Tips

When is the May SAT? Should You Take It?

Posted by Carrie Cabral | Mar 23, 2020 7:51:00 PM

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May is a busy month for students with end of year exams, sports, and activities, but there is one more thing you might want to consider: taking the May SAT in your junior year. Taking the May SAT can help you boost your score and be competitive for early action or early decision at your top schools.

In this article, we'll go over everything you need to know about the May 2021 SAT, including registration deadlines, how to register, and when your scores can be expected to come out. We'll also go over some pros and cons to help you decide if this is the right test date for you.

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How Long Does It Take to Get SAT Scores Back?

Posted by Rebecca Safier | Mar 22, 2020 5:00:00 PM

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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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When Is the March SAT? Should You Take It?

Posted by Hannah Muniz | Mar 20, 2020 7:35:00 PM

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Ah, spring. While most students are already celebrating the coming end to the school year, others are busy studying for the March SAT. This raises a critical question: exactly who should take the March SAT? Should you? Or would another test date work better for you and your schedule?

Read on to learn when the upcoming March SAT is, when scores will be released online and to the colleges you chose, and the biggest pros and cons of this popular spring test date.

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Future Years' SAT Test Dates, Schedules, and Deadlines

Posted by Dr. Fred Zhang | Mar 19, 2020 8:00:00 PM

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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, 2022, and 2023 with decent confidence. These predictions have been updated in March 2020 to reflect the latest possible data.

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BREAKING: SAT Test Date Changes for COVID-19 (Coronavirus)

Posted by Christine Sarikas | Mar 17, 2020 5:30:00 PM

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COVID-19 (also known as the coronavirus) has upended events across the world, and that includes upcoming SAT test dates. Some SAT test dates have been cancelled while the future of other test dates is up in the air, and it makes for a stressful situation for students who need to take the SAT to apply to college. Use this guide to learn the latest information on COVID-19 SAT cancellations, what you should do if you were registered for a cancelled exam, what steps the College Board is taking as a result of the cancellations, and what you should do while you're waiting to take the SAT.

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Best SAT Prep Books 2020

Posted by Allen Cheng | Mar 1, 2020 12:00:00 PM

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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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Complete Official SAT Practice Tests, Free Links

Posted by Allen Cheng | Feb 28, 2020 10:00:00 PM

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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 are 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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SAT International Test Dates Guide (2019 and 2020)

Posted by Dr. Fred Zhang | Feb 21, 2020 5:00:00 PM

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Here we look at international SAT test dates for the the 2019–2020 year. The test months haven't changed since last year, but the dates have! We've recorded what we've learned in this article.

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Official ACT to SAT (New 1600 and Old 2400) Conversion Charts

Posted by Halle Edwards | Feb 3, 2020 3:00:00 PM

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One of the first thoughts you might have after getting back your ACT or SAT score is how well you would have done on the other test. Luckily, SAT to ACT conversion (and ACT to SAT conversion) is possible!

In this post, we provide conversion charts from the test makers themselves to help you with score conversions between both the current and old versions of the SAT and the ACT. We also look at whether certain colleges go easier on the SAT or ACT—and what you can do about it.

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What Is SAT School Day?

Posted by Christine Sarikas | Feb 1, 2020 7:00:00 PM

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What is SAT School Day? Does your school participate in SAT School Day, or have you heard of high school students being able to take the SAT during school hours? How does this work? How is SAT School Day different from other SAT test days? And can these SAT scores be sent to college? We’ve answered all your SAT School Day FAQ in this guide!

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New SAT Conversion Chart: Old 2400 to New 1600 (Official)

Posted by Allen Cheng | Jan 18, 2020 3:00:00 PM

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In March 2016, the SAT underwent a massive redesign, part of which included a change to its scoring system: it shifted from a 2400-point scale to a 1600-point scale. But how do you compare a new SAT score with one on the old SAT 2400 scale? What scores are colleges looking for since some still don't have data on the new SAT?

The official new SAT to old SAT conversion charts below offer the most accurate score conversions from one SAT to the other. If you need to convert your new SAT score to an old SAT score, or vice versa, simply use our handy conversion tool below to find your score.

After you get your SAT conversion, keep reading—I tell you why it's easier to get a higher SAT score than before due to the new SAT scoring advantage (the new SAT score is higher in certain score regions!).

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What's the Minimum SAT Score for College?

Posted by Ellen McCammon | Jan 17, 2020 7:00:00 PM

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Preparing for college applications can feel confusing, overwhelming, and demanding. If you're nervous about the SAT (or college admissions in general), you might be worried about how low of a test score you can afford to get to still have a shot at college. You might even be wondering how low of a score on the SAT is even possible.

In this article, we'll discuss the lowest possible SAT score and why it's unlikely to happen to you. We'll also offer advice on determining the lowest SAT score you can get to still have a reasonable chance at a given school, and what that means in terms of choosing which schools to apply for and what score to aim for. Finally, we'll go over some things you can do if your score seems too low for any of the colleges you want to attend.

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What's Tested on the SAT Math Section? Topics and Practice

Posted by Rebecca Safier | Jan 17, 2020 12:00:00 PM

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Your first step in preparing for the math section of the SAT should be familiarizing yourself with exactly what's on it. Whatever math class you're taking in school, you should be able to conquer the SAT math topics with the right approach to test prep. Let's start this guide by reviewing the overall format of the math section of the SAT.

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Celebrity SAT Scores (Kesha, Bill Gates, and more)

Posted by Rebecca Safier | Jan 17, 2020 11:55:00 AM

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What do you have in common with Kesha, Bill Gates, Al Gore, and Derek Jeter? They all had to take the SAT when they were in high school, just like you!

However you feel about the SAT, it's a landmark in the lives of many American students (and lots of international ones, too). Taking the SAT is an experience that many of you will share and remember well for the rest of your lives. Let's check out some SAT scores of the rich and famous—and talk about how you can achieve some Kesha-worthy scores of your own.

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When Is the December SAT? Should You Take It?

Posted by Christine Sarikas | Jan 12, 2020 7:43:00 PM

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The December SAT is your final chance to take the SAT of the year, and for many colleges, it's the final SAT they accept before application deadlines. But is it the best SAT date for you?

There are important pros and cons to the December SAT, and we'll go over each of them in this guide. We'll also explain key December SAT dates, such as what day the test is on, when you need to register by, and when you (and the schools you apply to) will receive your scores.

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