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What is a good PSAT score and how do you achieve a good score?

What is a Good PSAT Score?

Much more than just a (new and improved test with new PSAT scores) practice test, the PSAT is also a qualifier for the National Merit Scholarships–an academic competition. Your score on the PSAT can act as an indicator as to what kind of score you’ll receive on the SAT or ACT, as well as potentially …
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How to Improve SAT Scores: A 10 Step Guide

Getting high scores on the SAT is important. The higher your score, the better your chances of getting into more competitive colleges and qualifying for certain scholarship opportunities. The key to opening these doors is knowing how to improve SAT scores. Before taking the test the first time, you may have known the theory on …
What can you do if you can't afford the ACT or SAT

What to Do If You Can’t Afford to Take the ACT or SAT

One thing that comes as a shock to many students is that it costs money to take the ACT or SAT and some students can’t afford it. In fact–it’s not cheap. It costs about $30-50 to take either test, depending on whether or not you include the optional writing portion. Plus, there are extra fees …

How is the New 2016 SAT scored?

The score of your SAT test is a pretty big deal, and since college admittance chances, scholarships, and future job or internship possibilities can all be linked to how well you do, it’s important to understand just what that number means. Here we’ll break down just how the SAT is scored. What does your score mean? Well, …

How The ACT Is Scored

The ACT standardized test is often lauded for providing to prospective college students an alternative to the traditional SAT, a test that has been infamous in culture for decades for its longevity and supposed difficulty. Originally standing for “American College Test,” the ACT now goes only by its acronym and sets itself up as a …
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Do Colleges Prefer ACT or SAT? Which is More Popular?

If you’re hoping to apply to college, you may be trying to decide which standardized test to take: the ACT vs. SAT. It will please you to hear that colleges do not prefer the SAT over the ACT or vice versa. We’ll cover the myth that the SAT is preferred over the ACT, as well …
Why should you retake the SAT after all the work you put in the first time

Why You Should Retake the SAT

After all that studying, prepping, practice test-taking, stressing, and finally taking the SAT, the last thing you’re probably thinking is: I want to do that again. The SAT is a big deal and a big commitment, especially in the middle of college searching and regular school. So once you’re done with the test, why should you …
The new PSAT is a bit different from the old one in terms of scoring.

Should You Retake the ACT?

Wondering if you should retake the ACT? Many students benefit from retakes—in fact, 57 percent of students score higher when they take the test more than once! Retaking may not be necessary for everyone, but here are some things to consider when deciding whether you should. A higher score can increase more than your admissions …
How do you choose an SAT / ACT test location?

Registering for the ACT/SAT: How to Choose Your Testing Location

You’ve decided to take the next step for your future–you’re signing up for the ACT or SAT. Congrats! I know, I know–calm down, it’s a test, it’s not that exciting. But if you’re registering for the ACT/SAT that means college is on your radar and you’re planning for what just might be the best 4 (ish) …
A perfect ACT score of 36 is elusive, but that shouldn't stop you from getting into your dream school.

What To Do If You Don’t Have a Perfect ACT Score

The highest possible and perfect ACT score is a 36. However, the ACT Profile Report for last year’s graduating class (2017), indicates that of the 2,030,038 students who took the ACT, only 2,760 earned a perfect ACT score. So for the vast majority of us, that 36 will remain elusive. But that doesn’t mean you …