SAT / ACT Prep Online Guides and Tips

The 11 Best SAT Snacks to Help You Get Through the Test

Posted by Dora Seigel | Apr 23, 2016 8:30:00 AM

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Snacks are one of the most overlooked yet most necessary parts of your SAT planning. Snacks can be an energy fueler, helping you to power through the SAT. However, the wrong snacks can be energy drainers, making you crash during the marathon that is the SAT. In this guide, I’ll talk about the importance of snacks, what makes a good snack and provide 11 SAT snack options. I’ll also let you know what snacks to avoid.

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Can You Take the SAT After High School? Expert Guide

Posted by Dora Seigel | Apr 16, 2016 5:00:00 PM

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While people associate the SAT with high school students, there are several reasons someone may need or want to take the SAT after high school. But can you take the SAT after high school? Absolutely! I took the SAT this past year as an adult and will be taking it again this May.

In this guide, I’ll cover the reasons you may want to take the SAT as an adult, how to register, how testing is different as an adult, and more advice.

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Can You Write in the SAT Booklet?

Posted by Francesca Fulciniti | Apr 16, 2016 3:00:00 PM

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After you take the SAT, your score will be determined by the little bubbles you fill in on your scantron sheet - a sheet where there’s no place to show your work.

It’s normal (even important) to want to take notes and work through problems. Since you won't receive any extra scratch paper in the testing room, your SAT booklet is the place to do it. Here, I’ll go over what, how, and even why you should write in your test booklet. That little stack of paper might end up more helpful than you expected.

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Can You Use A Mechanical Pencil on the SAT/ACT?

Posted by Ellen McCammon | Mar 22, 2016 4:00:00 PM

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Some people really prefer mechanical pencils to regular pencils. If you are one of those people, you may wonder if you can use a mechanical pencil on the SAT or the ACT.

The short answer is no, but the long answer is a much more convoluted “Maybe, but I don’t recommend it.” Read on for a breakdown of the official policies for each exam, why this rule exists, the actual reality of mechanical pencils on the exam, my recommendation, and some other important administrative regulations to remember for test day. 

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How Should You Spend the Night Before the SAT?

Posted by Francesca Fulciniti | Feb 26, 2016 8:00:00 PM

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The night before the SAT can be stressful, to say the least. Maybe you’re not sure about the best way to prepare yourself during these final hours - all you know is that you want to do the best you can on the exam.

Well, we’ve made it easy (and stress-free) for you to do what you need to do the night before the test. Here, I’ll lay out everything you should and shouldn’t do before you head to bed in order to ensure your best possible score. Follow these tips - including everything from logistical concerns to exam prep strategies - to wake up confident, refreshed, and ready.

Let’s get started!

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New SAT Prep Guidelines Now That the Old SAT Is Over

Posted by Dr. Fred Zhang | Jan 30, 2016 10:14:29 PM

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Did you hear?  The old SAT was given for the final time on January 23rd, 2016.  What does that mean for students still studying for the SAT?  We'll discuss the implications of the old SAT sunset and what you need to do for new SAT prep!

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SAT Make-Up Exam on February 20? Here's What to Do

Posted by Allen Cheng | Jan 22, 2016 11:43:47 AM

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Winter has come in the form of Storm Jonas, affecting much of the East Coast. Governors of Delaware, Georgia, Kentucky, Maryland, New York, New Jersey, North Carolina, Virginia, Pennsylvania, Tennessee, West Virginia, and Washington DC declared a state of emergency, and hundreds of SAT test centers closed.

Did YOUR January 23rd SAT test center get closed because of the storm? How do you maximize your score up until your February 20 makeup exam? Find out here.

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Are You Accused of Cheating on the SAT/ACT? What To Do

Posted by Dora Seigel | Nov 11, 2015 11:00:00 AM

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Have you been falsely accused of cheating on the SAT or ACT? What can you do if you're accused of cheating at the test center? What can you do if you're accused of cheating after you get your score? How can you fight it if they have evidence against you? Will you not get into any colleges? What are the best and worst case scenarios? I'll answer all of these questions below.

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Class of 2017: New SAT or Old SAT? (Updated)

Posted by Dr. Fred Zhang | Nov 5, 2015 7:26:21 PM

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The Class of 2017 is in a tough spot on the SAT.  Should you take the new SAT or old SAT?  If you take the new SAT, you would be the guinea pigs for a totally new system; if you take the old one, you have a tighter schedule.  How does it break down?

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Missing SAT Scores: How to Check SAT Scores

Posted by Dr. Anna Wulick | Oct 2, 2015 5:00:00 PM

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I don’t know what the number one most stressful college application drama is, but a list of the top three has got to include missing SAT scores. You’ve invested time, energy, and maybe even a little of your sanity into reaching your SAT goal, so it’s totally reasonable to be rattled by this kind of curveball.

But before you panic, read this article to troubleshoot some of the most common reasons that SAT scores go missing. I will talk about what to do if you yourself can't find your scores, as well as what to do if the college you're applying to says your scores are missing.

Either way, most likely, you’re looking at a pretty simple problem with a pretty painless solution.

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Private SAT Testing Sites and Testing Closer to Home

Posted by Christine Sarikas | Sep 27, 2015 8:00:00 AM

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Are you trying to register for the SAT but can't find any testing centers close to where you live? What should you do?

College Board, the corporation that develops and administers the SAT, offers a way for students to take the SAT at a location closer to them, called “testing closer to home.” Read on to learn more about this special accommodation, its benefits and drawbacks, and how to apply for it.

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SAT College Codes and School Codes for Score Reports

Posted by Christine Sarikas | Sep 26, 2015 11:00:00 AM

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If you’ve taken the SAT or will be taking it, you may have heard of something called SAT college and school codes and wondered what they are.

This guide will explain everything you need to know about SAT college and school codes: what they are, why they’re important, and when you’ll need to use them.

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SAT High School Codes and Test Center Codes

Posted by Justin Berkman | Sep 26, 2015 10:00:00 AM

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When you register for your SAT, you have to submit codes for your high school and test center, the location where you are going to take your SAT. The codes make it easier for the College Board to keep track of the high school and test center of everyone who takes the SAT.

You want to make sure you submit the right codes, since making a mistake can result in your having to take the SAT at a random high school that's far away from where you live or sending your scores to the wrong college.

In this article, I will let you know how to look up SAT high school and test center codes and advise you how to use them properly.
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Can You Take the SAT Online? A Guide to Computerized Testing

Posted by Alex Heimbach | Sep 19, 2015 4:30:00 PM

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As appealing as the option might sound, you can’t take the SAT online — it must be administered on paper at a designated test center. However, there are a lot of SAT prep resources available online and some alternate testing options for those who are unable to take the test under standard circumstances.

This post will explain when it will be possible to take the SAT on a computer and what that will look like, as well as what resources are open to you in the meantime.

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What Are CEEB Codes? Your Questions Answered

Posted by Alex Heimbach | Sep 18, 2015 5:09:20 PM

SAT Logistics, SAT General Info

Between college applications and standardized testing, you’ve probably heard CEEB codes mentioned at some point during your high school career. You may have even wondered what they were other than mysterious four digit numbers.

This guide will explain everything you need to know about CEEB codes.

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