SAT Test Prep

MIT an Outlier in Reinstating SAT/ACT Scores for Admissions

As more than two-thirds of all U.S. colleges and universities continue to make admissions decisions without requiring ACT or SAT scores, the Massachusetts Institute of Technology made news by restoring its admissions testing requirement. Exam supporters jumped on the story, suggesting a wave of similar decisions at other schools. One story declared that the SAT isn’t unfair, society is, as if both couldn’t be true. Such reactions based in the false notion that standardized test…

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What Does Test Optional Really Mean for the SAT?

All eight Ivy League colleges have gone test optional for the high school class of 2023, choosing to suspend the requirement for SAT and ACT scores and joining hundreds of other universities, including Stanford, who have also agreed to let students decide whether they want to submit test scores with their application. “Test Optional” means a student can choose NOT to submit a test score for any reason. Instead of the scores, test-optional schools say…

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The Digital SAT Suite of Assessments

The SAT is going digital. College Board has announced that beginning in 2023, the digital SAT suite of assessments will be available to all students. They will make the transition to the digital SAT at international test centers in March of 2023 and at U.S. schools and test centers in spring of 2024. Additionally, all PSAT assessments will be administered digitally beginning in the fall of 2023. Here’s what isn’t changing in regards to the…

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What Do the ACT and SAT Changes Mean for Students?

This week has been full of announcements about the ACT and SAT changes. When the COVID-19 pandemic made it difficult or impossible for many students to take the ACT and the SAT last year, a large majority of colleges chose to institute temporary (or, in some cases, permanent) test-optional policies. These schools included every Ivy League university, most large public universities, and many liberal arts colleges. A number of colleges, including several Ivies, are declaring…

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SAT Subject Tests and SAT Essay Discontinued

College Board has made two big announcements in the world of college admissions: for students in the US, both the SAT Subject Tests and the SAT essay writing section will be discontinued beginning this year. Previously, there were 20 Subject Tests in five areas: math, English, science, history, and languages. Some colleges used the scores for admissions purposes, while other colleges used the scores for placement purposes; students might have been able to opt out…

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Here’s How COVID-19 Affects the SAT

COVID-19 has changed all aspects of our lives, and that includes standardized testing. Here is how the global pandemic affects SAT test-taking.  To keep students safe, and in alignment with public health guidance and school closures across 192 countries, the SAT and SAT Subject Tests in May and June 2020 are canceled. If it is safe from a public health standpoint, weekend SAT administrations will be provided every month through the end of the calendar…

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PSAT/NMSQT Scores: How to Understand, Learn, and Grow

Educators and students can use their PSAT/NMSQT scores to see areas where students are thriving, and areas where they need additional support. PSAT/NMSQT scores are on the same scale as SAT scores, making it easy to track student progress over time. Students who take the PSAT/NMSQT score higher, on average, on the SAT than those who do not. SAT Practice Starts with the PSAT/NMSQT The new SAT is easier than ever to prepare for with free,…

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Unsure about how to prepare for the SAT? Here is some insight from a former student:

Are you nervous about taking the SAT? When I began my junior year, my teachers and administrators flooded me with tons of information regarding the SAT. I remember walking into Barnes and Noble and seeing a huge 4-inch wide book with “S.A.T. EVERYTHING YOU NEED TO KNOW” in big block letters printed on its bindings. Anxiety pulsed through my veins, and I thought to myself: do I really need that? In reality, when students begin…

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How SAT/ACT Test Prep Improves Results

When applying to colleges, I already knew what field I wanted to study: Music Education. That was the easy part. From there I had to decide to which schools I wanted to apply. I researched schools in my area that had great Music Education programs. After I decided on four schools to which I wanted to apply, I researched the criteria that was required for acceptance into each university. Specifically, I researched how well I…

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