Requirements for SAT Essay Readers Reduced

Posted by on May 19, 2016 at 1:20 PM

From 2005 until early 2016, the SAT had a required essay which was graded by Educational Testing Service (ETS) raters who had to be current teachers of English at the high school or college level. The raters also had to have at least three years of experience teaching English at those levels.

But not anymore.

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Topics: SAT Writing, SAT

[Law Enforcement-Approved] Notes from the May 2016 SAT

Posted by on May 12, 2016 at 1:09 PM

I try to take the SAT at least once a year to keep up with trends on the test, and one of my favorite parts of the process is coming home and chatting with students in online forums. But that tradition seems to have been banished in much the same manner as the former SAT.

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Topics: SAT

How to Tell If You Are Ready to Take the ACT or SAT

Posted by on May 5, 2016 at 12:32 PM

I'm preparing to take the redesigned SAT for the first time on Saturday (I should have taken in March with all of you, but the College Board revoked all adult admission tickets just six days before the test). I’ve answered the SAT Question of the Day every day for months. I've worked through all of the questions in The Official SAT Study Guide. I've even categorized the questions by the concept being tested.

But how do I know if I'm really ready to take the test?

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Topics: SAT Prep, ACT prep

Important Dates for the June 11, 2015 ACT

Posted by on April 27, 2016 at 12:36 PM

If you're considering signing up for the June 11, 2015 ACT, don't put it off 'til the last minute! Here are the important dates you must remember so that your registration can be processed on time.

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Topics: ACT prep

ACT and SAT Math: Sneaky Similar Triangles

Posted by on April 20, 2016 at 2:30 PM

Similar triangles are like look-alike fathers and sons. A chip off the ol' block, the smaller son is a spitting image of his larger dad:

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Topics: ACT prep, SAT Math, SAT, ACT Math

ACT English and SAT Writing: We're Talking Apostrophes!

Posted by on April 14, 2016 at 1:21 PM

Apostrophes have two uses on the ACT and SAT:

    1.  To form possessive nouns.
    2.  To replace missing letters in contractions.

Let’s examine these two situations--as well as when to avoid apostrophes--in this week's blog.

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Topics: ACT prep, SAT Writing, SAT, ACT English

SAT and ACT Reading: The Author's Attitude and Tone

Posted by on April 7, 2016 at 1:59 PM

Questions about the Author’s Attitude ask you to interpret the author’s feelings toward her subject, often employing one of the following words:

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Topics: SAT Prep, ACT prep, SAT, SAT Reading, ACT Reading

Three Reasons Why Many Students Never Get Scholarships

Posted by on March 31, 2016 at 11:07 AM

This week's post is provided by guest blogger Jocelyn Paonita, founder of The Scholarship System.

Winning scholarships is always a hot topic with students. Who doesn't want free money? Scholarships are free dollars that universities, organizations, and companies give to students to help them pay for college. While some of the money may be strictly for tuition, many external scholarships can be used for anything, including rent, groceries, books, a laptop, and more. 

The issue is that students sabotage themselves before they even get started. Here's why most students never get scholarships and how to make sure it doesn't happen to you!

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Topics: College Admissions

SAT Math Tips and Tricks: Sum of the Interior Angles of a Polygon

Posted by on March 24, 2016 at 1:56 PM

Geometry has been relegated to only 10% of the SAT but it still composes 15% to 20% of the ACT. You may need to know the sum of the interior angle measurements of regular polygons on both tests, but no formulas are provided on either. So how should you prepare for these types of questions?

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Topics: SAT Prep, ACT prep, SAT Math, SAT, ACT Math

Three Reasons Why the SAT is NOT the Most Transparent Test Ever

Posted by on March 17, 2016 at 1:57 PM

When the College Board, the makers of the SAT, published its test specifications for the redesigned SAT in 2015, the authors boldly stated that the SAT would be “the most transparent exam in the assessment field” and that “all would know what was on it and why.” But since the test debuted earlier this month, the only thing that’s transparent is that the new test is even more opaque than its predecessor and its competition, the ACT.

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Topics: SAT Prep, ACT prep, SAT