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Best SAT Prep Books 2021-2022

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Posted by Allen Cheng | Aug 29, 2021 12:00:00 PM

SAT Strategies, SAT General Info

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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Which Colleges Superscore the SAT?

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Posted by Rebecca Safier | Aug 8, 2021 7:00:00 PM

SAT Strategies, College Admissions

Your SAT scores are a very important part of your application, especially as the applicant pool gets bigger and more competitive every year. So how can you make sure colleges will consider your very best scores?

This article will discuss the colleges that superscore the SAT. After giving you a list of every college that superscores the SAT, I'll talk about how you can use this information strategically as you prepare to apply to college. To start, let's briefly review what "superscoring" means.

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Colleges Requiring All SAT Scores Sent: Complete List

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Posted by Halle Edwards | Aug 7, 2021 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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The Ultimate SAT Study Guide for SAT Prep

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Posted by Allen Cheng | Jul 9, 2021 12:00:00 PM

SAT Strategies, SAT General Info

At PrepScholar, we've written the largest set of high-quality SAT guides available, covering pretty much everything you need to know to improve your score on the SAT. They're all free and online, right here on our blog, and we think they beat any book you can purchase.

This guide, our Ultimate SAT Prep Study Guide, combines our most important SAT guides on one page. If you master all of the concepts linked to on this page, use them in your own practice and studying, and stay motivated to work hard, you'll have an amazing shot at improving your SAT score. Essentially, you'll have a huge advantage over students who don't know this information and lack the motivation to employ it in their own studying.

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The Best SAT Prep Websites You Should Be Using

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Posted by Rebecca Safier | Jun 15, 2021 12:00:00 PM

SAT Strategies

The SAT has been around in one form or another since 1901. Through all its changes, probably the most helpful one for you is the rise of free online practice questions and guides covering every aspect of the test.

Rather than having to carry around 400-page practice books like the students of yesteryear (i.e., the 90s), you can use these online resources to prep from anywhere with the Internet. To help you discern high-quality resources from low-quality ones, this guide will break down the SAT prep websites you can use to review content, learn strategies, and find practice questions.

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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

SAT Strategies, SAT General Info, New SAT

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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Is the SAT Required for College? Your FAQs Answered

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

SAT Strategies, SAT General Info

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 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

SAT Strategies, SAT General Info

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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SAT Essay Examples for the 6 Types of Essay Prompts

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Posted by Laura Registrato | Mar 15, 2021 11:53:00 PM

SAT Strategies, SAT Writing

There's a persistent myth about the SAT Essay: the idea that you can't prepare content because you don't see the prompt until the day of the test. This is a myth because, in order to be standardized, the test has to require the same complexity of argument in every SAT essay question: yes or no, this or that, what causes what.

And since all these arguments are very simple, almost every SAT essay argument can be boiled down to one of the 6 we list here. In addition to that, though, we also explain how to argue each one, and give you sample support for both sides of every argument. Read on for the inside scoop on this important aspect of the SAT.

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Train the SAT Essay with Real Examples

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Posted by Dr. Fred Zhang | Mar 15, 2021 9:34:00 PM

SAT Strategies, SAT Writing, SAT Essay

One of the best ways to learn the SAT essay is to look at example submissions by other real students.  By judging these example essays yourself, you'll understand much better what SAT graders are looking for.  You'll also learn from these examples what to do and not to do.

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What's the Deal with Improving Sentences and the Essay? SAT Writing Guide and Advice

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Posted by Dr. Fred Zhang | Mar 15, 2021 1:00:00 PM

SAT Strategies, SAT Writing

Have you ever wondered what the SAT is looking for when they ask questions that are confusing? Look no further! In this post, we reveal the goals of the SAT Essay and Identifying Sentence Errors question types.

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Do Longer SAT Essays Really Score Higher?

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Posted by Rebecca Safier | Mar 15, 2021 7:00:00 AM

SAT Strategies, SAT Writing

Rumor has it, the longer your SAT essay, the higher your score. Could this be true? Does essay length affect your score?

Let's unpack this belief and talk about the best strategies for scoring high on the SAT essay.

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5-Step SAT/ACT Test Dates & Study Plan for Summer Before Senior Year

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Posted by Samantha Lindsay | Feb 10, 2021 7:00:00 AM

SAT Strategies, ACT Strategies

Your senior year is coming up, and you're ready to blow those standardized tests out of the water once and for all. It's time to figure out the best study plan for you that still leaves time for summer jobs, shameful levels of ice cream consumption, and acquiring incomprehensible tan lines.

Follow these five steps to make the most of your summer studying before your SAT or ACT test date!

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The 5 Best SAT Apps & How to Use Them Effectively

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Posted by Justin Berkman | Jan 5, 2021 9:00:00 AM

SAT Strategies

You might use apps to take photos of your food and put dog filters on your face, but did you know you can also use apps to prepare for the SAT? It's true! There are a number of apps designed to increase your familiarity with the SAT and get you closer to reaching your goal score.

In this article, I'll let you know how you can use apps in your SAT preparation, and I'll name five of the best free SAT prep apps currently available.

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The 10 Best SAT Books Recommended for SAT Prep

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Posted by Rebecca Safier | Sep 25, 2020 12:00:00 PM

SAT Strategies

With so many SAT prep books to choose from, how can you tell the good ones from the bad ones? Well, not to worry because we've evaluated SAT books for you! This fully updated guide gives you our recommendations for the top 11 SAT preparation books to help you achieve the scores you want.

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