Category: SAT

Test Prep 101: Guide to the SAT Math Section

Sunday, August 1, 2021
SAT test prep tips.jpgWhat is Tested on the SAT Math Section?

By IvyWise Master Tutor

The SAT Math Test is divided into four main sections: Heart of Algebra, Problem Solving and Data Analysis, Passport to Advanced Math, and Additional Topics in Math.

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Navigating Fall Testing in 2020

Wednesday, September 2, 2020
Female students taking tests at the universityWhat You Need to Know if Testing is on Your Radar This Fall

This fall, students may feel like they’re approaching a crossroads. While many originally planned on taking the PSAT, SAT, or ACT during their fall semester, the COVID-19 pandemic has added a layer of uncertainty to their college preparation plans. As some testing sites begin to reopen, new questions have emerged. Some students may be wondering whether they should register for a fall exam, what taking the SAT or ACT during the COVID-19 pandemic will look like, and what their options are if they decide against sitting for an exam. 

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New SAT to Old SAT Score Conversion Chart

Tuesday, July 21, 2020
SAT Score Conversion ChartSAT Score Conversion Chart for New SAT, Old SAT, and ACT Scores

Want to see how your scores on the  SAT compare to ACT? The College Board has updated the concordance tables so students can see how their SAT total scores compare to composite ACT scores.

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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?

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

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 Standardized Testing Tips for International Students

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

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?”

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

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

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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How to Weigh Testing Accommodations in Your Test Prep

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?

Monday, March 5, 2018

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

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?

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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How to Prep for Successful SAT and ACT Practice Tests

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

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

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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Innovative Free Apps To Help You Step Up Your SAT and ACT Vocabulary

Friday, September 1, 2017

back_to_school_apps.jpgUtilize Free Resoures To Supplement Your Test Prep

By Megan, IvyWise Tutoring Manager

Expanding your vocabulary is important in high school, especially when preparing for the SAT or ACT, as they both have sections that will test your reading skills and your knowledge of certain words and their definitions. There are a number of free apps that students can use to enhance their vocabulary and make the most of their test prep.

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How Many Times Should I Take the SAT or ACT?

Monday, August 21, 2017

How many times take the sat or actStudents Should Avoid Taking College Entrance Exams Too Many Times

Junior year is a big testing year for college bound students, and as they prepare for the SAT or ACT many students might not be taking the test for the first time. It’s not uncommon for students to take the SAT or ACT multiple times, but how many times is too many?

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When Should You Take SAT Subject Tests?

Monday, August 14, 2017

sat and act test dates and registration deadlines.jpgSAT Subject Tests Are Sometimes an Application Requirement But They Can Also Help You Boost Your Applicant Profile

By Megan, IvyWise Tutoring Manager

The school year is coming, but what does that mean? Students will begin thinking about (or stressing about) when they should take their college placement exams. While students usually have a reasonable handle on when to take the SAT or ACT, there seems to be confusion on whether or not to take SAT Subject Tests and when.

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SAT and ACT Test Dates and Registration Deadlines 2017-18

Friday, July 21, 2017

sat and act test dates and registration deadlines.jpgHere’s When You Can Take the SAT and ACT

Preparing for the SAT or ACT is a major aspect of the college admissions process, and part of determining the best test prep strategy is to know exactly when you plan to take these college entrance exams. We’ve pulled together the SAT and ACT test dates and registration deadlines for the 2017-18 school year so that college-bound students can access this information in one place – and better prepare for testing this fall and next spring.

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Taking the August SAT? Here’s How to Prep

Wednesday, July 19, 2017

Resources for the August SATTest Prep Tips and Resources For Students Planning to Take the SAT in August

The registration deadline for the August SAT is fast approaching (July 28 and August 8 with late fee), so if you plan on taking the exam later this summer it’s time to get serious about your test prep. There are a number of resources that you can utilize this summer in order to prepare for the August SAT.

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Test Prep 101: Guide to the SAT Essay

Wednesday, May 10, 2017

SAT Essay GuideHere’s What Students Need to Know About the SAT Essay Section

By IvyWise Master Tutor

Understanding test content, formatting, and changes are important when preparing for the SAT – especially the essay portion. There have been a number of changes to the SAT since the launch of the new exam in 2016, and our guide to the SAT Essay will help students better understand how to master this section should they choose to take it.

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Test Prep 101: Guide to the SAT Writing Section

Tuesday, March 7, 2017

SAT test prep tips.jpgHere’s What Students Need to Know About the SAT Writing Section 

By IvyWise Master Tutor

Understanding test content, formatting, and changes are important when preparing for the SAT – especially the writing section. There have been a number of changes to the SAT writing section since the launch of the new exam in 2016, and IvyWise is here to help students better understand how to master this portion of the SAT.

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SAT and ACT Announce Changes for 2017-18 Testing Season

Thursday, February 23, 2017

2017-18 SAT and ACT Test Date ChangesSAT to Limit International Test Dates, ACT Adding July Administration

Last year saw some big changes for the SAT, and now both the College Board, which administers the SAT, and the ACT have announced changes for the 2017-18 testing season, including tighter security, new test dates, and more.

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Test Prep 101: Guide to the SAT Reading Section

Tuesday, February 7, 2017

Here’s What Students Need to Know About the SAT Reading Section 

By IvyWise Master Tutor

SAT Reading Section GuideWe’re almost a year removed from The College Board’s rollout of the 2016 SAT test redesign, so students and parents by now have a better sense of the test’s layout—that the reading section, for example, contains 52 questions and is timed to 65 minutes. There are however a couple of major conceptual changes in the SAT reading section that will be helpful for how students and parents approach preparing for the test.

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SAT and ACT Score Release Dates

Thursday, November 17, 2016
sat score release datesHere’s When SAT and ACT Scores Come Out

 

For students applying to college, learning ACT or SAT scores is a big milestone in the admissions journey, and can heavily impact their college prep strategy going forward. If you’re taking the SAT or ACT this academic year, make sure you know when SAT and ACT scores are available and how that factors into your college prep timeline.

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SAT and ACT Test Dates and Registration Deadlines

Wednesday, November 16, 2016
newsletter - decoding sat scores.jpgHere’s When You Can Take the SAT and ACT

 

Taking the SAT or ACT is a big element of the college admissions journey for many students, and it’s important for students and parents to know when the exams are offered, when to register, and how much it costs.

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Should You Take SAT Subject Tests?

Wednesday, October 19, 2016
SAT_subject_tests.jpgKnow the Pros and Cons Before Taking SAT Subject Tests

 

Fall is a busy testing season for high school students, and even more so for seniors applying to college. In addition to the ACT or SAT, some students also choose to take SAT Subject Tests as part of their admissions testing. But is it right for you?

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SAT Percentiles 2016

Wednesday, July 27, 2016
SAT percentile chartSee How Your SAT Scores Compare to Other Test-Takers

 

The College Board recently released the percentiles for the new SAT, giving students a better idea of how they compare to other test-takers now that the SAT has adopted a new scoring scale.

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What Does An August SAT Date Mean For Students?

Thursday, February 25, 2016
August SAT DateFor The First Time In Decades The SAT Will Be Offered In The Late Summer

 

The new SAT is debuting this March, but another big change for the test is on the horizon – the College Board recently revealed that, starting in 2017, students will have the option to take the SAT in August. With the addition of a test date also comes the removal of one – the College Board will also eliminate the January test starting in 2018.

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Why Juniors Should Prep for the January SAT Exam

Thursday, December 10, 2015
New_SAT.jpgThe January 2016 SAT Is the Last Administration of the Exam in its Current Form

The changes coming to the SAT in March 2016 have left many high school juniors confused about their options and the best approach for tests and test prep. For months, we’ve urged the Class of 2017 to opt for the ACT next spring in order to avoid any uncertainties regarding implementation and scoring that come along with this major overhaul. While we still stand behind the advice for all juniors to prep for the ACT, we realize there are still some that can’t get past the urban myths that ‘some schools prefer SAT’ or ‘the SAT is more coachable than the ACT.’ So for those doubters – with one big caveat – there is still the option to take the SAT in its current format with just one more offering in January 2016.

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Test Prep Tips for June ACT and SAT

Wednesday, May 13, 2015
June SAT ACT Test Prep TipsHere’s What to Do In Order To Be Successful on June Standardized Tests

As the school year comes to a close, many students look forward to taking a much-needed break from studying and exams. However, for students taking the June ACT or SAT, the end of the school year can be an unwelcome event, as the culmination of the semester leaves them little time to prepare for these important tests. For some, the stress of end-of-year exams, AP and IB tests, and other final projects can force students to put off their test prep for the June ACT or SAT – leaving them unprepared come test-day. 

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