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SAT Historical Percentiles for 2015, 2014, 2013, 2012, and 2011

Posted by Justin Berkman | May 19, 2019 11:00:00 AM

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If you took the SAT from 2011-2015, you may be wondering what your percentile score is on the SAT. Is a 1500 on the SAT in 2011 the same percentile score as a 1500 in 2015? Do percentile scores change over time?

In this article, I will explain SAT percentile scores, how they change, and I'll provide the percentile scores for SAT combined scores and section scores for 2015, 2014, 2013, 2012, and 2011.

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Future Years' SAT Test Dates, Schedules, and Deadlines

Posted by Dr. Fred Zhang | Mar 3, 2019 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 2018-19, the official timetable is set in stone. But even though they're more uncertain, we can predict future years like 2020 and 2021 with decent confidence. These predictions have been updated in March 2019 to reflect the latest possible data.

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Best SAT Prep Books 2019

Posted by Allen Cheng | Mar 1, 2019 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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How to Teach the SAT: Best Tips for Tutors and Parents

Posted by Alex Heimbach | Jan 27, 2019 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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What's a Bad SAT Score? Nationally and by College

Posted by Halle Edwards | Jan 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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SAT Analogies and Comparisons: Why Were They Removed, and What Replaced Them?

Posted by Samantha Lindsay | Jan 6, 2019 10:34:00 PM

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In 2005, major changes made to the question types in the reading and math sections of the SAT. Two types of comparison questions - quantitative comparison questions from math, and analogies from reading - were booted from the SAT.

In this article I’ll give you the rundown on what these questions were like, how the SAT replaced them, and how questions have evolved even further on the 2016 version of the test. 

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What's the Lowest SAT Score Possible? How Many Get It?

Posted by Halle Edwards | Jan 6, 2019 9:35:00 PM

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Are you embarrassed of your SAT score, or think it’s pretty low? Chances are it isn’t even close to the lowest possible SAT score.

In this post, we’ll reveal how rare the lowest possible SAT score is, the lowest scores we have seen, and how to improve on the test, regardless of what your current score is.

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SAT Score Range: The Complete Story

Posted by Samantha Lindsay | Jan 6, 2019 5:21:00 PM

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What is the range for SAT scores? How do your scores stack up? In this article, I’ll give you a basic rundown of the range of scores you can expect on the SAT and help you put your scores in perspective if you’ve already taken the test.

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What's Actually Tested on the SAT Reading Section? SAT Reading Skills

Posted by Rebecca Safier | Jan 6, 2019 2:28:00 PM

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"The more that you read, the more things you will know. The more that you learn, the more places you'll go."

Heed the wise words of Dr. Seuss, and get reading! The more you practice reading SAT passages, the better you'll perform on the SAT Reading section. This article goes over everything on the SAT Reading section, including the new evidence-based and data interpretation questions, so you know exactly what to expect.

First, how is the SAT Reading section formatted?

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The Best SAT and ACT Test Dates for Senior Fall

Posted by Samantha Lindsay | Jan 6, 2019 9:00:00 AM

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Senior year is coming up, and you're ready to take a last shot at the SAT or ACT before applying to college. But when should you take the test? And how can you ensure that your scores make it to colleges on time?

Read on to see a list of the fall and winter test dates as well as a detailed guide on how to choose the best date for your situation. 

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Best SAT Math Prep Books (2019): Expert Reviews

Posted by Rebecca Safier | Dec 9, 2018 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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Average SAT Scores Over Time: 1972 - 2018

Posted by Anna Aldric | Nov 4, 2018 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 2018 as well as the variation in SAT scores by ethnicity.

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What's the Highest Possible SAT Score?

Posted by Halle Edwards | Nov 1, 2018 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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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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Historical SAT Percentiles: New SAT 2016, 2017, and 2018

Posted by Laura Staffaroni | Nov 1, 2018 12:00:00 PM

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If you took the new SAT in 2016, 2017, or 2018, 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 2018? 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, and 2018.

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