SAT / ACT Prep Online Guides and Tips

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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How to Teach the SAT: Best Tips for Tutors and Parents

Posted by Alex Heimbach | Jan 11, 2020 4:00:00 PM

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When I started working as a professional tutor, I was fresh out of college with few qualifications other than high test scores and some volunteer experience. I struggled with tutoring my first few students—I didn't feel comfortable giving them assignments and I struggled to figure out how best to use our lesson time.

But after years of tutoring, I became thoroughly familiar with the ins and outs of the whole process. I've drawn on my hard-earned knowledge to create this guide laying out the key steps to helping someone excel at the SAT so that you know where to start when tutoring your own student or child. A big part of being a great tutor is being properly prepared—these seven steps will set you on the right path to raising your student's score:

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SAT and ACT Test Dates: Find Your Best 2020 Testing Schedule

You know that you'll have to take the SAT or ACT and do well on itbut figuring out exactly when to take your exam can sometimes feel like the hardest part of the whole testing process. In this guide, we introduce all upcoming SAT and ACT dates for the 2019-2020 testing year and explain what factors you must consider before committing to a test date.

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How Long Does It Take to Get SAT Scores Back?

Posted by Rebecca Safier | Jan 5, 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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How Much Do SAT Prep Courses Cost?

Posted by Ashley Robinson | Dec 31, 2019 2:00:00 PM

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If you’re going to do well on the SAT, you’ll probably need to invest in some additional study materials beyond what you’re given in school. (And some schools may not provide SAT study resources at all!) 

SAT test prep costs can include buying study materials and practice tests, one-on-one tutoring, and taking SAT study courses. It’s a good idea to start asking “how much does SAT prep cost” now so that you can budget for the SAT test prep service that’s right for you. After all, taking the SAT is a long and fairly involved process that you don’t want to take lightly!

But how much do SAT prep courses cost, exactly? In this article, we’re going to break down SAT prep cost and SAT coaching fees for self guided study, online programs, and one-on-one tutoring. That way you and your family can make sure your testing strategy fits within your budget. 

So let’s get started. 

 

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When Is the November SAT? Should You Take It?

Posted by Christine Sarikas | Dec 22, 2019 7:25:00 PM

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During November, you're thinking about Thanksgiving, the upcoming holidays, and....the SAT? Maybe! One of the SAT's seven annual test dates is offered in November, and it may be the exam date you choose.

However, before you sign up for the November SAT, you need to make sure it's the right test date for you. In this guide, we go over all the key November SAT test dates, such as when you need to register by and when you'll receive your scores, and we also go over every key pro and con you should consider before deciding to take the SAT in November.

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When Is the October SAT? Should You Take It?

Posted by Christine Sarikas | Dec 22, 2019 7:24:00 PM

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At the beginning of the school year, you may be focusing on your classes and not thinking much about college applications or the SAT. However, October can be a great time to take the SAT. For juniors, it's a way to get in that first SAT with plenty of time for retakes, and for seniors, it gives you a final chance to get a great SAT score before college application deadlines.

But is the SAT October test date the right test date for you? In this article, we explain everything you need to know about the October SAT, including when you need to register by and when you (and colleges) will receive your scores. We also walk you through every question you should ask yourself before deciding on the October SAT test date.

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SAT Score Range: 3 Steps to Understanding Your Score

Posted by Hannah Muniz | Dec 8, 2019 12:00:00 PM

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Confused about the SAT score range? It's no secret that the SAT has undergone drastic changes since 2016, shifting from a 2400-point scale to a markedly narrower 1600-point scale. But what do these numbers mean for you? And how can you use SAT score ranges to determine the scores you need for college?

First, we'll discuss the current SAT scores range for the exam as a whole and for each SAT section and subsection. After, we’ll take a close look at how SAT scores are distributed among test takers, explain why colleges maintain different SAT score ranges, and teach you how to set your own SAT goal score.

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Best SAT Math Prep Books (2020): Expert Reviews

Posted by Rebecca Safier | Dec 8, 2019 12:00:00 PM

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While there are many different SAT prep books, they all have one thing in common: they all claim to be the best. How can you figure out which one will actually help you succeed on the SAT?

This guide will give you my recommendations for the best prep books for the Math section of the SAT. Some of these books are best for strategies and thinking through the problems, while others are best for practice problems. A few are geared toward top scorers, while some will help you improve a low score fast.

Before delving into the list, I have to make one disclaimer:

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SAT Test Dates: Full Guide to Choosing (2019-2020)

Posted by Dr. Fred Zhang | Nov 10, 2019 9:00:00 PM

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The SAT is offered seven times a year, but which SAT test dates will work best for you and your schedule? What essential factors should you consider before creating an SAT schedule? What are the best SAT dates for juniors? For seniors?

In this comprehensive guide, we offer you the most current info on SAT test dates (domestic and international) for 2019 and 2020. We also give you our top tips for choosing the best SAT test dates for you as well as tons of resources to help you navigate the complicated web of SAT/ACT test dates.

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What's a Bad SAT Score? Nationally and by College

Posted by Halle Edwards | Oct 27, 2019 3:00:00 PM

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Have you taken the SAT recently? Are you wondering whether your score is bad? Or maybe you just want to know the score to beat before you take the SAT for the first time?

In this article, we'll explain what a bad SAT score is, both in terms of the national averages and the colleges you might be interested in.

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What's the Highest Possible SAT Score?

Posted by Halle Edwards | Oct 6, 2019 11:00:00 PM

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Curious about what perfection looks like on the SAT, or about how many people get perfect scores every year? In this post, we'll show you what the highest possible score on the SAT is and how many raw points you need to rack up in each section to earn that score.

We'll also include tips and links to other more detailed articles for those aiming for that rare—but not impossible!—maximum SAT score.

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Average SAT Scores Over Time: 1972 - 2019

Posted by Anna Aldric | Oct 6, 2019 9:00:00 PM

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SAT scores for the past few years have shown a marked decline, particularly since 2006, which can be attributed to various causes. In this article, we provide you with some charts showing the average SAT trends from 1972 to 2019 as well as the variation in SAT scores by ethnicity.

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Historical SAT Percentiles: New SAT 2016, 2017, 2018, and 2019

Posted by Laura Staffaroni | Oct 6, 2019 12:00:00 PM

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If you took the new SAT in 2016, 2017, 2018, or 2019, you might be wondering what percentile your score is in. Is a 700 on Math in 2016 the same as a 700 in Math in 2019? How much do percentile scores change from year to year?

In this article, I'll explain what new SAT percentile scores are and how they've changed over time. I'll also provide percentiles for SAT combined and section scores for 2016, 2017, 2018, and 2019.

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Average SAT Scores by State (Most Recent)

Posted by Allen Cheng | Oct 6, 2019 12:00:00 PM

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More than a million students across the country take the SAT each year. So what do SAT scores by state look like? How do you stack up against other test takers in your state? Finally, what are some  interesting state facts—for example, which state has the highest SAT score? The lowest SAT score? The highest rate of participation? 

It's the battle of the states, SAT edition. Find out your state's average SAT scores and other fun facts in this article!

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