SAT / ACT Prep Online Guides and Tips

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 Fees and Registration: What's the Total Cost of the SAT?

Posted by Francesca Fulciniti | Jun 2, 2018 10:00:00 PM

SAT Logistics

Just like many parts of the college application process, taking the SAT (and even using your SAT scores) comes with an assortment of fees. Here, I'll break down every possible SAT registration cost and score fee. Then, I'll go over strategies for saving as much money as possible on the SAT. 

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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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Old SAT Scores: How to Get and Use Them

Posted by Justin Berkman | May 16, 2018 6:00:00 PM

SAT Logistics

Did you graduate from college a while ago and now a prospective employer wants to see your SAT scores? Did you take time off after high school and now have to send your SAT scores to colleges? No matter the case, you'll need to know how to access your old SAT scores. 

In this article, I'll explain how to get and use old SAT scores. I'll teach you how to retrieve old scores and discuss how to present them to prospective employers.

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Which Colleges Require the SAT Essay? Complete List

Posted by Dora Seigel | May 9, 2018 7:00:00 PM

SAT Logistics, SAT Essay

Planning to take the SAT? Before you sign up, you need to decide whether you’re going to take the test with or without the optional Essay. How should you pick? Well, some colleges require that you apply with the SAT with Essay; others don’t care whether you submit an SAT score with or without the Essay.

In this article, I’ll provide you with a complete list of colleges that require or recommend taking the SAT with the Essay.

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How to Cancel Your SAT Registration and Test

Posted by Anna Aldric | May 8, 2018 5:00:00 PM

SAT Logistics

You registered for the SAT, but as test day draws near, you find that you don’t want to take the test anymore! You may want to take the ACT instead, or maybe you decided to opt out of the SAT altogether and apply to colleges that don’t require you to report SAT scores. But what can you do?

Well, first, don't panic!

We at PrepScholar noticed how hard it was to find this information online, so we put it all together for you in one place.

Here are some things you need to consider:

  1. Can you cancel the SAT test?
  2. Can you get your money back?
  3. Will this go on your permanent record?
  4. Do you need to cancel your SAT to change your test date?
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What to Bring to the SAT and What Not to Bring

Posted by Rebecca Safier | May 3, 2018 12:43:00 PM

SAT Logistics

After months of planning and prepping, test day is finally upon you! What exactly do you need to bring to the SAT—and what should you just leave home?

We’ll talk about what to bring to the SAT for certain and some not so obvious things that might come in handy. Make sure your bag is packed and ready to go so you can focus on performing your best—and not on tracking down a pencil sharpener!

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When's the Last ACT/SAT for Early Admissions Deadlines?

Posted by Halle Edwards | May 2, 2018 9:00:00 AM

SAT Logistics, ACT Logistics, College Admissions

When’s the latest you can take the SAT or ACT if you’re submitting an early decision college application? You might be surprised by how late some colleges accept SAT and ACT scores—and how early others require them!

Read on to find out the latest dates on which you can take the SAT and ACT, and get specific dates for top colleges.

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The Best SAT Diagnostic Test

Posted by Christine Sarikas | Apr 26, 2018 12:00:00 PM

SAT Logistics, SAT General Info

If you’re preparing for the SAT, you may know how important it is to take a diagnostic test early on in your studying. An SAT diagnostic test will give you a baseline score you can use to develop an individualized study plan that’ll target your weaknesses and help you reach your target SAT score.

In this guide, we’ll explain what an SAT diagnostic test is, where you can find the best free SAT diagnostic tests, and exactly how you can use every piece of information you get from the diagnostic test to create the best SAT study plan for you.

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What's the Highest New SAT Score Possible?

Posted by Francesca Fulciniti | Apr 1, 2018 4:00:00 PM

SAT Logistics, New SAT

Understanding how the SAT scoring system works is an important part of preparing for the test. After all, how else are you supposed to measure your progress and set goals?

The SAT underwent some big format changes in 2016, which means that the scoring system most people were familiar with was radically overhauled. Here, I’ll cover how the scoring system has changed on the SAT, how this has affected the highest possible SAT score, and what this means for test takers.

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When Should I Take the SAT for the First Time?

Posted by Rebecca Safier | Mar 7, 2018 6:00:00 PM

SAT Logistics, SAT Strategies

You don't have to be great to start, but you have to start to be great. — Zig Ziglar

It can be hard to decide when to take the SAT for the first time. Should you wait until junior year? Is the fall better than the spring? Should you only take it if you've studied geometry or read the top 100 classics in English literature?

Since everyone's different, there's no blanket answer to the question, "When should I take the SAT for the first time?" Let's consider the most important factors in this decision so you can determine when to sign up for your initial test. First, what do most students do?

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New SAT vs Old SAT: Changes You Must Know

Posted by Dr. Fred Zhang | Feb 5, 2018 6:00:00 PM

SAT Logistics, New SAT

In 2016, the SAT changed drastically from the old SAT. In terms of content, no other SAT changes in the past few decades have been this dramatic. If you're familiar with the old SAT, here's what you must know to do well on the current version of the SAT.

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How to Get SAT Scores, Step by Step

Posted by Halle Edwards | Sep 16, 2017 10:30:00 AM

SAT Logistics

You've just taken the SAT. Congratulations! Once you get some rest, you'll probably start to wonder when your scores will come out and how to access them on the College Board website. In this post, we tell you exactly what time of day scores appear and how to check your SAT scores online.

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SAT Test Dates 2015 - 2016

Posted by Dr. Fred Zhang | Aug 15, 2017 12:00:00 PM

SAT Logistics

We present information about SAT test dates for the 2015-2016 school year here.  We also link to our top articles that you must read before deciding on a test date.

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Colleges Requiring All SAT Scores Sent: Complete List

Posted by Halle Edwards | Aug 9, 2017 8:00:00 PM

SAT Logistics, SAT Strategies

Are you putting together your college application list? One factor you might not have considered is which schools require you to send your entire SAT testing record. Unfortunately, you can't always hide your rotten SAT scores! So if you have some less-than-stellar scores, you might avoid (or at least think carefully) before applying to those schools.

We have a complete list of which schools require your complete SAT testing record. Read on for this list as well as exclusive advice for applying to these schools.

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