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Was There Cheating on the August 2018 SAT?

Posted by Hayley Milliman | Sep 6, 2018 12:00:00 PM

SAT General Info

Shortly after the conclusion of the August 2018 SAT, rumors started to circulate that there was a problem with the test that gave some students an unfair advantage.

The basic gist of the complaint is that the test given on August 25 in the United States was actually the same exact exam that had been given internationally in October 2017.

This accusation raised the concern that some students would have had a leg up on others, since they may have seen the questions before, either because they took the exam when it was offered internationally or because they used the previous exam’s questions to study for the August 2018 test.

Let’s take a look at what really happened with the August 2018 SAT and what that means for you as a test-taker.

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When Is the June SAT? Should You Take It?

Posted by Hannah Muniz | Sep 1, 2018 12:00:00 PM

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As some people are preparing for summer, others are preparing for the SAT. If you’re a junior thinking of taking the SAT before senior year, the June SAT can give you a chance to raise your scores and get a head start on the college application process.

In this article, we'll tell you everything you need to know about the June SAT, including when it is, when its registration deadlines are, and when scores are expected to come out. We’ll also give you a detailed list of the pros and cons of the June SAT to help you decide whether this test date is ultimately right for you.

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SAT International Test Dates Guide (2018 and 2019)

Posted by Dr. Fred Zhang | Aug 23, 2018 5:00:00 PM

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Here we look at international SAT test dates for the the 2018–2019 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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What Are the Score Choice Policies at Ivy Leagues?

Posted by Halle Edwards | Aug 18, 2018 1:00:00 PM

ACT General Info, SAT General Info, College Admissions

 

Many students assume colleges will see every score they’ve earned on the SAT and ACT when they apply.

However, while some top-tier schools do require your full testing histories, many don’t. Some even allow score choice for the SAT, which allows you to send only the scores you want them to see, or they allow you to pick your best ACT test date.

If you’re aiming for a top-tier school like an Ivy League, Stanford, or MIT, read this guide to learn how they evaluate standardized tests to help you best prepare.

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What Do SAT Scores Measure? IQ? Income?

Posted by Samantha Lindsay | Aug 16, 2018 7:30:00 PM

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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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SAT Score Ranges: Understand Your Score vs Class Grades

Posted by Dr. Fred Zhang | Aug 13, 2018 1:00:00 PM

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What’s the best possible SAT score and worst possible SAT score you could get? How do you understand SAT scores if you’re used to letter grades like A- or B+, or test scores like 93%? In this guide, we convert SAT scores into much more understandable class grades to help you interpret your SAT score.

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CEEB Code Lookup: Step-by-Step Guide

Posted by Vero Lecocq | Aug 8, 2018 6:36:00 PM

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What on earth is a CEEB code anyway? As you may know, it's really just an identification number, though there's a bit more to it than that. So the real question becomes: why do I care about CEEB codes? Well, CEEB codes are the identifiers that help get SAT (and other) data communicated to the correct high schools, colleges, test centers, etc. In fact, they're a crucial part of the SAT process.

Now, while CEEB codes are necessary to register for the SAT and to get your scores reported to the right schools and scholarship programs, most online forms have an automatic CEEB code lookup and fill-in feature that lets you skip that process yourself. There are still a few reasons you might need to look up your CEEB code, though. For instance, not all forms are online, and not all online forms have the auto-fill feature, so you may find yourself in need of that number as you communicate with the College Board or a college.

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

Posted by Samantha Lindsay | Aug 2, 2018 3:00:00 PM

SAT General Info

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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How Long Does It Take to Get SAT Scores Back?

Posted by Rebecca Safier | Jul 17, 2018 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? 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 three 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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SAT Score Range: 3 Steps to Understanding Your Score

Posted by Hannah Muniz | Jul 9, 2018 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? 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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SAT Curve: Is It Real?

Posted by Hannah Muniz | Jul 5, 2018 11:00:00 AM

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Many high school tests are curved, but what about the SAT? Is the SAT curved? Can when or whom you take the exam with affect your final SAT score?

In this article, we'll answer all of your questions about the SAT curve. First, we'll closely examine whether there actually is an SAT curve and discuss how the SAT is scored. We'll then look at SAT curve trends and give you tips on how you can use SAT curves to your advantage.

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Full Review of Every SAT Test Date 2018-2019

Posted by Christine Sarikas | Jun 28, 2018 12:00:00 PM

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There are multiple SAT test dates a year, and choosing the best one can be tricky. If you choose a test date too early, you may not be fully prepared, but if you choose one too late, your scores may not arrive in time for college application deadlines.

You also need to take your own schedule into account as well. Will there be certain times of the year when you’re extra busy with a sport or club, or times when you’ll be too busy studying for your classes? The SAT is already difficult enough, and you don’t want to make things harder on yourself by choosing a test date that doesn’t fit your schedule.

Fortunately, we’re here to help you choose the best SAT test date for you. This guide covers all the SAT test dates for the 2018/2019 testing year, and we offer specific advice on each test date for sophomore, juniors, and seniors, so you’ll be able to decide exactly when to take the SAT.

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Important: Read This Before You Send SAT Scores to Colleges

Posted by Dr. Anna Wulick | Jun 4, 2018 9:00:00 AM

SAT Logistics, SAT General Info

No matter how stellar your transcript, no matter how mastered your extracurricular activities, no matter how lyrical your essay—no application is complete without your SAT scores.

So how do you make sure your SAT scores are sent properly, at the right time, and with only the scores you are most proud of? Read on for our best advice on the decisions you'll be faced with and what to do in case something goes wrong.

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SAT Test Dates: Full Guide to Choosing (2018, 2019)

Posted by Dr. Fred Zhang | May 17, 2018 9:00:00 PM

SAT Logistics, SAT General Info

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 the 2018-19 school year. 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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Should You Really Join an SAT Summer Camp?

Posted by Anna Aldric | May 9, 2018 5:00:00 PM

SAT General Info

SAT Summer camps are cram school for the SATs. They include long hours and intensive sessions, promising students increases in their SAT scores or their money back. They range from online tutoring programs held over the summer (there are a lot of these), day camps like Elite's Summer Test Prep, and month-long residential camps where students live and breathe SAT prep and college admissions, like Columbia University's SummerFuel.

They all promise score increases, and some even guarantee them. But how do you know if you even need an SAT summer camp? Keep reading to find out!

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