Category: SAT

Why SAT and ACT Scores Still Matter as Test-Optional Choices Rise

By IvyWise on Tuesday, May 12, 2020

Despite an Increase in Test-Optional Choices, Consider Taking the SAT and ACT

Most high school juniors have many questions running through their minds, as the upcoming college admissions cycle will be unlike any other. Amongst other changes, an increasing number of schools are shifting to test-optional admissions policies in response to the cancellation of spring SAT and ACT examinations

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Understanding Your Junior Year PSAT Score

By IvyWise on Monday, December 9, 2019

What is a Good PSAT ScorePut Your PSAT Score into Context to Decide What Steps to Take Next

After studying for the exam, learning about the PSAT’s structure, and finally taking the exam, many students anxiously await their test scores. However, once the results are in, it can be challenging to put them into context and understand exactly what a given score means.

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How to Set Test Prep Goals for 2020

By IvyWise on Wednesday, December 4, 2019

Get a Head Start on Planning for the New Year

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With the new year right around the corner, now’s the time to start thinking about your test prep goals for 2020. Whether you’re a freshman who is just beginning to think about college, a sophomore gearing up to start test prep, or a junior who is already in the thick of it, there are concrete steps that you can take in 2020 to get closer to achieving your test prep goals.

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Tips to Prepare for the December SAT

By IvyWise on Wednesday, November 6, 2019

6 Items Rising Seniors Can Check Off Of Their To-Do ListsHere’s What Students Need to Do to Prepare for the SAT This December

The December SAT is a month away, and whether it’s your first time taking the SAT or you’re looking to improve your score, there’s a lot that you can do in the month leading up to the exam in order to reach your goal score.

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Colleges That Don’t Honor Score Choice

By IvyWise on Monday, August 26, 2019

AdobeStock_146574132Learn How Score Choice Works and Which Schools Honor It

For high school students navigating the college application process, the back-to-school season is about a lot more than starting new classes. In addition to coursework, many students are preparing all of the components of their college applications, including submitting test scores.

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5 Scary Grammar Rules to Watch Out for on the SAT or ACT

By IvyWise on Friday, July 12, 2019

Scary Grammar RulesWatch Out for These Tricky Grammar Rules When Taking the SAT or ACT

When it comes to editing, taking a moment to reflect on how something sounds can help you troubleshoot some common errors. Unfortunately, not every grammar question can be solved simply by sounding it out; there are some sentences that may sound “right”, but fall short when it comes to proper grammar.

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5 Tips to Make Test Prep More Fun

By IvyWise on Friday, May 31, 2019

5 Tips to Make Test Prep More FunStudying for the SAT and ACT Can Be a Lot More Enjoyable with These Pointers

For many students, the premise of passing up movie nights and weekends with friends for practice tests and study sessions is far from appealing. While test preparation will probably never become anyone’s go-to leisure activity, there are ways to make studying for the SAT or ACT more enjoyable.

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What’s on the SAT?

By IvyWise on Monday, May 20, 2019

What's on the SATLearn About Every Kind of Question You Can Expect on the SAT

Performing well on standardized tests is about so much more than thinking quickly and bubbling in the answers. In order to really excel on exams, it is important to have a thorough understanding of exactly what the test will cover and review accordingly.

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Testing Accommodations for the SAT and ACT

By IvyWise on Wednesday, May 15, 2019

Testing AccommodationsLearn What Kind of Accommodations Are Available for the SAT & ACT

The SAT and ACT can feel overwhelming for any test taker, but for students with learning differences or disabilities there can be an additional piece to the testing puzzle: obtaining appropriate accommodations in order to have the best chance of reaching their goal score on test day.

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4 Tips for International Students Looking To Maximize SAT/ACT Scores

By IvyWise on Wednesday, April 3, 2019

International Study TipsStarting Early and Working Smart Can Help International Students Get Ahead on Standardized Tests

By Richard, IvyWise Master Tutor

When it comes to getting a great score on the ACT or SAT, the process of preparing and studying for the exam can seem quite complicated, especially if students are applying from abroad and aren’t familiar with the test. Instead of stressing out, know it can be done—as long as students learn about the exam and create a testing strategy.

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4 Easy to Overlook Tips for the ACT and SAT

By IvyWise on Monday, February 25, 2019

2018 act redbook reviewAn Expert Tutor Breaks Down 4 ACT and SAT Tips That Many Students Overlook

By Richard, IvyWise Master Tutor

The college prep process can often be complicated, and the complexities of this journey can make it easy to overlook a few key tips that have a great record of helping students raise their ACT and SAT scores and pave the way toward long-term success.

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SAT vs. ACT: Which Exam Is “Better?”

By IvyWise on Wednesday, August 8, 2018

sat vs. actMany Families Believe Colleges Prefer One Exam Over Another

A common question that families consider when their college-bound students are preparing for the SAT or ACT is “which test is better?” Or “are the ACT and SAT considered equally in the application review process?” There’s been a long-held myth that one test is favored over the other, however, that’s simply not the case.

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Use Games to Improve Your SAT Score

By IvyWise on Monday, July 30, 2018

use games to improve your SAT scoreHave Some Fun and Prep for the SAT With These Games

When it comes to improving SAT scores, there’s no substitute for comprehensive test prep. However, there are activities you can do outside of studying to help reframe how you approach certain test problems and concepts. Games in particular are an excellent way to practice setting and achieving goals, as well as problem solving under pressure.

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What Students Need to Know About Superscoring

By IvyWise on Wednesday, June 6, 2018

How to Crack the Most Difficult SAT and ACT Math Problems-1Here Is The IvyWise Guide To Superscoring With Instructions On How To Send SAT And ACT Score Reports

A question we often receive is “what is superscoring?” College-bound students are often confused about what it means to superscore, which colleges do it, and how it impacts submitting their SAT or ACT scores. But we’re here to help! Here’s what students need to know about the logistics of superscoring and how it may improve your score profile when applying to college.

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SAT vs. ACT: Taking Accommodations Into Consideration When Beginning Your Test Prep

By IvyWise on Wednesday, April 18, 2018

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For Students Requiring Testing Accommodations It’s Important To Consider Your Options Along With Your Test Prep Plan

According to The College Board, nearly 160,000 requests for testing accommodations were made in 2015-16. For students with learning disabilities or differences (LDs), deciding which college entrance exam – the SAT or the ACT – is the best fit for their needs can be extra challenging as they must navigate additional considerations, like applying to accommodations. While one test isn’t preferable over the other for every LD – everyone is an individual – there are some elements that make one test for preferable over another depending on students’ needs and available accommodations.

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SAT and ACT Prep: How Many Practice Tests Should I Take?

By IvyWise on Monday, March 5, 2018

SAT and ACT DiagnosticsTake Multiple SAT and ACT Practice Tests As Part of Your  Test Prep PlanSAT and ACT Diagnostics

Practice tests are an integral part of any test ACT prep program, especially when you’re preparing for the SAT or ACT. Regardless of the test you plan to take, practice exams give you an opportunity to challenge your skills and gauge your progress.

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Test Prep FAQ: Can You Reschedule Your SAT or ACT?

By IvyWise on Friday, January 19, 2018

reschedule sat or act.jpgConsider Rescheduling Your SAT or ACT Exam Date If Appropriate

The most important rule of test prep: Don’t sit for the SAT or ACT if you’re not ready. During the spring semester, students dedicate a significant amount of time preparing for a slew of exams ranging from AP exams and finals to the SAT or ACT and SAT Subject Tests. Many students may have a test prep plan in place already, but plans can change and that’s okay! Rescheduling your test date is an option, but how do you know if you should?

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Taking SAT and ACT Practice Tests at Home: Setting Up a Successful Environment

By IvyWise on Friday, January 5, 2018

sat and act practice testsFull-Length SAT and ACT Practice Tests Are a Key Component of Any Test Prep Plan

The spring semester is a big test prep time for college bound students, as many juniors will be taking the SAT or ACT in the coming months. Taking practice tests is an essential part of the test preparation process because the best way to prep for the SAT or ACT is to actually take them! But it’s not enough to take practice tests. Students also need to simulate the test day environment as best as they can.

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Test Prep 101: SAT and ACT Diagnostics

By IvyWise on Wednesday, September 13, 2017

SAT and ACT Diagnostics.jpgStudents Should Take a Full-Length Diagnostic of Both the SAT and ACT

By Megan, IvyWise Tutoring Manager

With application season upon us, it’s time for sophomores and juniors to begin preparing for and taking standardized tests. The first step to preparing for the SAT or ACT is to decide which test is the best fit for your skills and abilities. While there are countless articles comparing the SAT and ACT and why you should take a certain exam, in reality the tests are incredibly similar. Ultimately, there is no clear sign of which test to prepare for without taking diagnostics of each exam.

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SAT Calculator Hacks From An Expert Tutor

By IvyWise on Thursday, September 7, 2017

SAT Calculator Tips.jpgTips and Free Tools For Students Using Calculators On the SAT

By Priyam, IvyWise Master Tutor

It’s SAT and ACT season for college bound students, and many will go into these tests with a calculator in-hand. Make sure you know how – and when – to use it.

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