SAT / ACT Prep Online Guides and Tips

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

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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 | Jan 29, 2018 10:30:00 AM

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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.

NOTE: Have you been out of high school for more than a year and not taken the SAT in that time? Then you should read our article on how to get old SAT scores instead!

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SAT Test Dates 2015 - 2016

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

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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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Can You Reschedule Your SAT Date? Should You?

Posted by Christine Sarikas | May 29, 2017 12:00:00 PM

SAT Logistics, SAT General Info

What should you do when you’ve already registered for an SAT test date, but you have a schedule conflict or just aren’t ready to take the SAT yet? Never fear! SAT rescheduling is an option!

If you’re wondering how you can reschedule your SAT, this guide has all the answers you need about SAT change date procedures. We’ll explain what it means to reschedule SAT test dates, how late you can reschedule, how much it will cost, and we’ll walk you through each step of how to change SAT test dates.

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How You Can Pick the Best SAT Test Locations

Posted by Laura Registrato | May 9, 2017 11:00:00 PM

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It may seem like there's not a lot you can do, besides studying, to improve your mental state on the day of the SAT. But there are a few key things that can make a huge difference, and one of them is where you take the test.

Why does what SAT test center you choose matter so much? Well, your brain can only focus on math, reading, and writing when everything else is out of the way, and a lot of things that can get in the way have to do with logistics and environment.

In this article, we'll discuss the two ways of finding convenient locations for taking the SAT.

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Step-by-Step Guide With Pictures: SAT Registration

Posted by Allen Cheng | Apr 15, 2017 4:00:00 PM

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Registering for the SAT sounds like the easiest part of the process. But signing up is actually much more convoluted than you might think—and some things matter a lot more than others do. Most of all, you want to avoid classic registration mistakes that can cost you dearly.

In this article, we’ll discuss step by step how to sign up for the SAT. We’ll also cover what parts of the 30-minute process really matter and what parts don’t. Finally, we’ll give you some key tips on how to choose the best location and how to save money.

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When Should You Take the SAT or ACT? Best Test Dates

Posted by Allen Cheng | Mar 27, 2017 4:00:00 PM

SAT Logistics, ACT Logistics

The college admissions process is a long one, encompassing most of a student's high school career. One of the most important parts, the SAT or ACT standardized test, is also one of the most challenging. But you can really benefit from early planning and deciding ahead of time when you should take it.

It's always a good idea to begin early, but to decide on specific test dates, you'll need to factor in circumstances like your personal schedule, your admissions deadlines, and the classes you're currently taking. All of these make a big difference in when it’s best for you to take the SAT or ACT.

In this guide, we'll debunk a common myth about the best time to take the test, discuss the most important factors for determining when you should take the SAT or ACT, and go over the best testing plan for most high school students.

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SAT Test Dates 2017-2018

Posted by Justin Berkman | Mar 24, 2017 4:00:00 PM

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When trying to plan an SAT study schedule, you must first know when exactly you'll be taking the SAT. In this article, we give you all SAT test dates, deadlines, and score release dates for the 2017-2018 testing year. We also provide you with our top four tips for helping you choose the best SAT test date for your schedule.

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Will Your SAT Photo ID Work? Learn the SAT ID Requirements

Posted by Justin Berkman | Mar 6, 2017 12:00:00 PM

SAT Logistics

 

One of the most important things to remember on SAT test day is to take your photo ID with you to the test center.  If you don't have an appropriate photo ID with you, you may not be allowed to take the SAT! But how do you know what types of IDs will work? What should you do if you don't have a photo ID?

In this article, I'll answer these questions and explain all of the SAT ID requirements so you can make sure to arrive on test day with an acceptable ID in hand.

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SAT Security Protocols: What to Expect on Test Day

Posted by Samantha Lindsay | Feb 23, 2017 7:00:00 PM

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The security of standardized testing materials is critical in preserving the relevance and fairness of the test as a whole. Since so many students around the world take the SAT, it can be difficult to prevent leaks, but the College Board does have many measures in place to keep confidential questions from being released to the public. In this article, I'll go over the specifics of the SAT security measures, explain the most recent breaches in test security, and review what all of this means for you. 

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How to Upload the Perfect SAT Picture: 10 Key Requirements

Posted by Justin Berkman | Sep 2, 2016 6:00:00 PM

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If you're planning to take the SAT, you need to upload a photo of yourself when you register online. Do you know the photo requirements? Did you know that if your picture doesn't meet the SAT photo requirements, you may not be allowed to take the SAT on test day?

In this article, I'll thoroughly explain how to make sure that you use an appropriate SAT picture. Also, I'll let you know how to upload your photo, and finally, I'll give you some important tips to remember so you don't have any unforeseen issues test day.

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Should You Send Old or New SAT Scores? Expert Guide

Posted by Justin Berkman | Jun 4, 2016 8:30:00 AM

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If you've taken the old SAT and the redesigned SAT, you may be wondering which scores you should send to colleges. Should you send all your scores? Should you just send your results from the test with the highest average section scores?

In this article, I'll explain the factors to consider when determining whether you should send old or new SAT scores.

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