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What Subjects Are on the SAT?

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Posted by Christine Sarikas | Jun 14, 2021 9:00:00 AM

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Are you taking the SAT soon or beginning your preparations but aren't sure what's on the test? You may know that there's math calculations and some passages to read, but what subjects are on the SAT, exactly?

In this guide, we'll break down the subjects you need to know to do well on each section of the SAT. We'll end with tips you should follow when studying for the SAT.

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A Massive Collection of Free SAT Practice Tests

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Posted by Alex Heimbach | Jun 14, 2021 8:30:00 AM

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Whether you're building your own SAT prep program or just supplementing a class, finding SAT practice tests and questions can pose a serious challenge. This article will go through every type of practice SAT test, how to best use them, and, most importantly, where to find them.

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The 4 SAT Sections: What They Test and How to Do Well

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Posted by Hannah Muniz | Jun 7, 2021 12:00:00 PM

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Whether you're actively preparing for the SAT or simply want to learn more about the ubiquitous college entrance exam, it’s important you start with the basics: how many sections are on the SAT? What are the names of the SAT sections? And what kinds of skills does each section measure?

In this article, we answer all of your burning questions about the SAT sections. We'll begin by discussing how many sections are on the SAT as well as how these sections differ from one another. Then, we’ll go over the different skills on which you'll be tested, giving you our expert tips for combating each of the SAT test sections with confidence. Finally, we'll take a look at whether certain sections of the SAT are more important than others and what this means for you and your college applications.

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Why Take the SAT? 5 Important Reasons

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Posted by Vero Lecocq | May 30, 2021 5:00:00 PM

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Taking the SAT can be both stressful and boring, and sitting in a testing center is no one's idea of a fun Saturday morning. Why take the SAT, then? You may have heard that more and more colleges are becoming test optional, so is it still worth it to take the SAT? In this article, we'll talk about all the reasons to take the SAT, including why it might be a better test for you than the ACT.

Standardized test scores are an important part of college admissions, but they also have value beyond that: taking the SAT can earn you tens of thousands of dollars in financial aid or help you get a job! Below are the five key reasons why to take the SAT.

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Is the SAT Required for College? Your FAQs Answered

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Posted by Ashley Robinson | May 21, 2021 6:00:00 PM

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Taking the SAT can be a super intimidating process. The test is known for being tough and tricky, so it’s not surprising that many students ask themselves, “Is the SAT required for college admission?” And you’re not alone: up to 40 percent of all students experience some form of test anxiety

If you’re worried about the SAT and wondering, “Are SAT scores required for admission to every college,” then this article is here to help. We’ll go over: 

  • Are SATs required for college
  • General information about whether the SAT is required for college admission 
  • The history of the SAT...and why some universities are dropping it
  • Four different types of SAT testing policies 
  • Four reasons to take the SAT no matter what 

Keep reading to see whether you need to take the SAT!

 

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Do SAT and ACT Scores Matter? Here's What You Should Know

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Posted by Ashley Robinson | May 21, 2021 2:00:00 PM

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Since the COVID-19 pandemic, many institutions have gone to a test-optional admissions model, where students won’t be penalized for not submitting test scores as part of their application. And over recent years, some universities have adopted a permanent test optional policy. 

So if many colleges aren’t requiring test scores…do SAT scores matter? Do ACT scores matter? And should you take a standardized test at all? 

The good news is that this article will help you understand the general importance of SAT/ACT scores and whether you should take the SAT or ACT. We’ll go over:  

  • What test-flexible, test-optional, and test blind admissions policies are
  • Why schools care about standardized tests...and why they can be controversial
  • Four tips to decide whether you should take the SAT and ACT

There’s a lot to cover, so let’s get started!

 

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When Is the March SAT? Should You Take It?

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Posted by Hannah Muniz | May 8, 2021 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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Do You Have to Take the SAT? What If It's Not Required?

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Posted by Ashley Robinson | May 6, 2021 4:00:00 PM

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The COVID-19 pandemic has caused many universities to adopt test optional policies for students. “Test optional” means that a university won’t require you to submit your SAT scores as part of your application. COVID-19 has made taking the SAT difficult for many applicants, so universities are trying to alleviate some of the stress by going test optional!

It might seem like this is a pandemic trend in higher education, but actually, many schools across the country went test optional long before COVID was a thing. And since test optional schools make the SAT...well, optional, you might be wondering, “Do I have to take the SAT at all?” 

The answer is a little more complicated than just a “yes” or “no.” We’ll help you answer the question, “Do you need to take the SAT?” in this article, along with: 

  • Explaining whether you have to take the SAT to graduate from high school
  • Going over how the SAT fits into the college application process (and if you should take it) 
  • Discussing how the SAT impacts your ability to get scholarship money 
  • Giving you four reasons you may not have to take the SAT
  • Outlining the reasons you might want to take the SAT no matter what

Let’s get started!

 

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When Is the November SAT? Should You Take It?

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Posted by Christine Sarikas | Mar 3, 2021 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?

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Posted by Christine Sarikas | Mar 3, 2021 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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When Is the August SAT? Should You Take It?

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Posted by Melissa Brinks | Feb 28, 2021 8:08:00 PM

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As the year begins to transition into fall, you likely have going back to school on the brain. But August is also a great time to take your SAT—you can get it done before application deadlines, it'll give you lots of time to study, and even time to take it again if your score isn't where you'd like it to be.

In this article, we'll give you all the information you need to figure out if the August SAT date is right for you. We'll tell you when it is, when scores are released, and even how to prepare for this test so you can do your best.

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

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Posted by Alex Heimbach | Jan 10, 2021 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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When Is the December SAT? Should You Take It?

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Posted by Christine Sarikas | Jan 3, 2021 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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Best SAT Math Prep Books (2021): Expert Reviews

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Posted by Rebecca Safier | Nov 17, 2020 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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What's a Bad SAT Score? Nationally and by College

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Posted by Halle Edwards | Oct 30, 2020 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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