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Here are 12 tips for taking the SAT / ACT.

12 Tips for Students Taking the ACT/SAT

Most schools will ask you to submit scores from either the ACT or SAT as part of your application. Other schools are going away from using standardized test scores as part of your admissions profile. Make sure you check the requirements at the colleges you’re interested in applying to before deciding which test to take. …
Here's what you need to know about the new SAT essay

New SAT Essay: It’s Now Optional!

One question, completely optional: That’s the new SAT Essay. If you have read my other articles about the pieces of the new SAT, you’ve probably noticed a trend. The test sections have all been redone to reflect a “college assignment” kind of feel. It’s all about the “real world”, and it’s no different with the …
How do you prepare for the new SAT writing and language test?

Here’s What You Need To Know for SAT Writing & Language Test

The new SAT writing and language test consists of 44 questions to be answered in 35 minutes. This is about half of the time allotted in the previous version (60 minutes) but only 5 fewer questions. That means the question/time ratio has gone from 73 seconds per question to slightly less than 48 on the …
Here's what you need to know for the ACT science section of the test

ACT Science Section Study Guide – What You Need to Know For the ACT Science Section

Composed of 40 questions, the ACT science section gives students 35 minutes to complete it. Three types of questions make up the 40 questions: Data Representation, Research Summaries, and Conflicting Viewpoints. For each type, students receive a short passage containing all the necessary information to answer the questions. Passages may be descriptions of experiments, graphs, …
Here's what you need to know for the new SAT math section

New SAT Math Test Prep: Here’s What You Need to Know

The new SAT math section has been entirely revamped. There are now 54 questions to be answered in 70 minutes. Much like the language section of the SAT, the math test now requires test takers to utilize problem solving skills with real world applications. This means that there might be multiple steps required in order …
What should you expect on the new SAT reading section?

New SAT Reading Test Prep: An Overview of What You Can Expect to Encounter

The new SAT reading test is first in the two-part Evidence-Based Reading and Writing section, as the name implies. Test takers will have 70 minutes to answer 67 questions. These questions are said to resemble those you would encounter in your average “lively, thoughtful, evidence-based discussion”. Which means, to me, “questions a professor might ask …
SAT vocabulary words, which are available on SAT test prep websites.

5 Online SAT Test Prep Resources

By now, many of you have heard that there is a new SAT coming to town. While there are some major changes taking place, much of the test will remain similar to previous versions. But what does that mean for studying? The good news is that there will be no more memorizing lists of obscure …
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Your Guide to The New SAT: Timing, Content, Scoring, and Tips

College and career readiness–that’s what it’s all about now. The new SAT aims to measure those skills deemed “must-haves” to be successful in college. But what does this mean? And what are the biggest changes? To answer your questions, and more, we put together this guide for the new SAT.  Timing on the New SAT …
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ACT Reading Test Prep: What You Need to Know to Crush It

Students reading this guide to test prep for the ACT Reading portion are probably asking themselves (either literally or rhetorically), “How the heck do you study for a reading test?” Of course, this is a common issue. Many students struggle with how to properly prep for the ACT Reading section. Should students just read more to prepare? …