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Beating the SAT Clock

Posted on Tuesday, December 2nd, 2014 under High School, Testing

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The various ways you can save time while taking the SAT depend on the section of the test you’re working on, as well as your own personal weaknesses.

There are a couple places that are especially easy to improve on, though, that will turn your test taking skills around — for the better. The writers at Magoosh are here with some helpful SAT tips!

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3 Reasons Grammar Isn’t Important for the SAT Essay

Posted on Thursday, September 18th, 2014 under Academics, Applying to College, Testing

A person filling out a bubble test sheet.

Tackling the SAT and all of its individual parts can be a little bit daunting. However, our friends at Magoosh have provided us with a few reasons as to why you may not need to sweat the small stuff on the SAT essay portion as much as you may think.

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3 Steps to Dominating the SAT

Posted on Wednesday, June 18th, 2014 under Academics, Applying to College, Testing

Student taking test

Students dream of dominating the SAT, but what does that really mean? I’ll tell you:

dominate (v) – have a commanding influence on; exercise control over.

If you want to have a commanding influence on the SAT, and more specifically, on your success, there are certain steps you need to take. To exercise control over yourself and the test, here are three steps to follow.

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April Dates to Remember

Posted on Friday, March 28th, 2014 under Academics, Current Events, Dates to Remember, Testing

CSU Chico rose garden

So, you’re back from Spring Break and April is here!

Finals are closer than ever, and the school year will be over before you know it.

If you missed any important dates in March, make sure not to let it happen again!

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Reviewing the SAT Changes for Spring 2016

Posted on Tuesday, March 25th, 2014 under Applying to College, News, Testing

students studying SAT

If you plan to take the SAT in the next few years, you should be aware of some major changes that will come into effect in spring 2016.

The College Board recently announced that everything from the format of the test to the maximum score would be changing. The SAT redesign is part of an effort to help students in all parts of the world.

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How Not to Study for the SAT

Posted on Tuesday, March 18th, 2014 under Academics, Applying to College, Testing

student study SAT

You’re all set. You borrowed a dog-eared copy of some SAT book from your friend. You got the entire weekend to study before the test. You’ll do every question you can get your hands on. And you’ll cram the night before the test.

What could go wrong?

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What to Consider Before You Retake the TOEFL

Posted on Wednesday, February 12th, 2014 under International Students, Learning English, Testing

retake TOEFL

If you are not happy with the score you got on the TOEFL, don’t worry! You can retake the test, which means you have another chance to get a score you are satisfied with.

Of course, it’s best not to repeat the same mistakes you made the first time around. That’s why you should consider a few tips before you retake the TOEFL.

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Minimum TOEFL Scores at Top English-Speaking Universities

Posted on Monday, November 18th, 2013 under Applying to College, Choosing a College, International Students, Learning English, Testing

Stanford University

The TOEFL is an exam that tests your ability to speak, write, read and listen to English as a college student.

In fact, TOEFL stands for “Test of English as a Foreign Language.”

Many English-speaking colleges require international students to take this exam before the admissions process, so it is a good idea to find out what kind of scores you are expected to get on the TOEFL.

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Ivy League Average SAT Scores in 2012

Posted on Wednesday, November 28th, 2012 under Academics, Applying to College, Testing

Before you apply to the Ivy Leagues, it is helpful to learn the average SAT scores of these schools.

You might find the numbers interesting or even encouraging as you apply.

Of course, if your scores are below the average range, you shouldn’t assume it means you can’t get in. But knowing the typical score range can give you an idea of whether you should take the SAT again or submit your current score.

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Average SAT Scores for 10 Top Schools in 2012

Posted on Wednesday, November 14th, 2012 under Applying to College, Choosing a College, Testing

Student taking test

If you want to gain admission to a top university, it helps to check out their average SAT scores.

From small liberal arts colleges like Bowdoin and Kenyon to larger schools like the University of Notre Dame to specialized schools such as the Massachusetts Institute of Technology, we’ve compiled a list of average SAT scores for their most recently admitted classes – the class of 2016.

Read on to get an idea of the scores it takes to gain admission to these universities.

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Average ACT Scores for 10 Top Schools In 2012

Posted on Monday, November 5th, 2012 under Applying to College, Choosing a College, Testing

Rice University building

A college’s average ACT scores don’t represent all it takes to get accepted.

However, they can give you a good idea of how your scores stack up against those of other applicants.

We’ve put together a list of great colleges from across the country, both small schools and large universities, from the North to the Midwest to the South, and gathered the ACT scores of their recently admitted classes of 2016.

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Ivy League ACT Scores

Posted on Thursday, October 18th, 2012 under Applying to College, Testing

Student taking test

If you are planning to apply to the Ivy League schools, you should know the average ACT scores.

Though one test score does not define you during the application process, it is helpful to know what scores enrolled students received so you can see if you are in the ballpark of an acceptable score.

If you have not yet taken the ACT, you’ll find out how high you should score if you want a good chance of getting accepted into an Ivy League school.

If you have already taken the test, you can compare your score and decide whether it will help or hurt you during the admissions process.

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ACT Test Dates for 2012-2013

Posted on Monday, July 30th, 2012 under Applying to College, Dates to Remember, Testing

Student taking test

If you plan to take the ACT, consider the test dates well ahead of time so you know when to register. In general, registration takes place about a month before each test date, so you need to plan ahead at least a little bit!

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SAT Test Dates for 2012-2013

Posted on Thursday, July 12th, 2012 under Applying to College, Dates to Remember, Testing

If you’re in high school, fall might mean the start of the semester, but it also means it’s time to register for the SAT. Test dates tend to fall about a month after the registration deadline, so if you plan to take the test ASAP in October, you need to register by September.

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GRE Score Reporting Changes: Good or Bad?

Posted on Monday, June 4th, 2012 under Graduate School, Testing

If you plan to take the GRE test, you may be interested to know that soon you can select your best score to send to colleges.

Educational Testing Service will roll out the new option, called ScoreSelect, in July 2012.

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