Category: Test Prep

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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Test Prep 101: What You Need to Know About the Digital LSAT

Monday, March 25, 2019

What You Need to Know About the Digital LSATThe LSAT Will Start Rolling Out Computer-Based Testing This Summer

This past October, the Law School Admission Council (LSAC) announced the launch of computer-based testing for the North America administrations Law School Admission Test (LSAT). Beginning in July of 2019, the LSAT will be a hybrid of paper and computer-based testing, utilizing a tablet, and will transition to a full digital examination in September. For students looking to complete their LSAT examinations via paper and pencil, the June 2019 test date will be your last guaranteed opportunity to take the examination on paper.

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What to Do The Morning of the SAT and ACT

Monday, March 4, 2019
What to Do the Morning of the SAT ACTThese Morning Tips Will Help You Feel Confident on Test Day

No matter how much test preparation and studying you have done, it’s normal to feel a little nervous on the morning of an important exam like the SAT or ACT. While a full-proof morning routine might not eliminate this anxiety, it will certainly help boost your confidence on test day.

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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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Test Prep 101: AP Exams vs. SAT Subject Tests

Wednesday, January 16, 2019

AP Exams vs SAT Subject TestsThese Tests Can Help Demonstrate a Specialty But How Do They Compare?

Colleges are looking for well-rounded classes made up of specialists, and outside of extracurriculars and taking courses of interest, another way for students to demonstrate a specialty is through advanced courses, exams, and test scores. Students need to take AP exams in order to gain college credit for the advanced coursework, and many highly-selective schools require SAT Subject Test scores are part of the application process. Do what do students need to know about these subject-specific exams, how much do they overlap, and how can students prepare for each?

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How Do You Self-Register for AP Exams?

Friday, January 11, 2019

How to Independently Register for AP ExamsSelf-Studying for AP Exams Is a Great Way to Improve Your Course Rigor But How Do You Self-Register? 

Are you planning to take AP Exams this May? For most students, if your school offers AP courses, you will have an AP coordinator who will handle exam registration, fee collection, and notify you of where to be and when for your exams. However, if you are registered solely in an online school, are homeschooled, or your school does not offer AP Exams so you self-studied, you have the option to register as an independent.

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SAT vs. ACT: Which Exam Is “Better?”

Wednesday, August 8, 2018
sat vs. actSAT vs. ACT: Which Exam Is “Better?”

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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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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Test Prep 101: Guide to the ACT Science Section

Thursday, September 21, 2017

ACT science section.jpgHere’s What Students Need to Know About the ACT Science Section

By IvyWise Master Tutor

If you’re preparing to take the ACT this fall, it’s important to understand the exam’s content, format, and test-taking strategies in order to maximize your performance on test day. The ACT Science section has long been a source of worry for many students who do not consider themselves strong in the sciences – including those who are deciding which test to take. The ACT’s distinct ‘Science’ section is, after all, the most obvious difference between the ACT and SAT exams. So what can students expect on this portion of the ACT?

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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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Test Prep 101: Guide to the ACT English Section

Wednesday, July 12, 2017

ACT English Section GuideHere’s What Students Need to Know About the ACT English Section

By IvyWise Master Tutor

Are you preparing for the ACT this summer? Understanding the exam’s content, format, and strategies to maximize your performance on test day is important in order to make the most of your test prep and, in the end, reach your goal score.

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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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Dartmouth Announces AP and IB Credit Changes

Tuesday, January 22, 2013

School reevaluates awarding college credit for high school courses

Some schools do not award credit for AP examsStudents take Advanced Placement (AP) courses throughout high school, in a variety of subjects, for many different reasons. AP courses can positively weight a student’s GPA, are challenging and are viewed favorably by college admissions counselors on transcripts, and they offer a student with a particular academic curiosity more knowledge and work in that interest. Additionally, most colleges award students who have earned a particular score on the AP exam, usually a 4 or 5,  college credit or exemption from core requirements. Gaining credit before enrolling in college courses can lighten students’ workloads, give them the option of graduating early, and may save them money on tuition.

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Standardized Tests – ACT vs SAT

Friday, September 9, 2011

The Best Test: ACT vs SAT

ACT, SAT, Test PrepToday is the registration deadline for the October 1st SAT, and tomorrow’s ACT marks the first standardized test of the 2011-2012 academic year. While the concept can be intimidating, standardized testing doesn’t have to be an ordeal. As of 2007, every four-year college that accepts the SAT also accepts the ACT. Determining which test is best for you (based on format, timing, and content) is an important step in ensuring testing success. At IvyWise, we recommend taking one practice SAT and one practice ACT test under realistic testing conditions, scoring both tests, and comparing initial scores. Once you determine which test is better suited to your individual abilities and begin studying, we recommend taking a practice test weekly for eight to ten weeks leading up to the actual test date.

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