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The Importance of Official SAT & ACT Practice Materials

Posted on Friday, May 20th, 2016 under Applying to College, High School, Testing

prepping with offical act and sat practice materials

The difference between official questions and non-official questions might not be that obvious to someone without much training. However, no matter who you are, you will benefit from using official material.

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5 Great Things About the New SAT

Posted on Monday, March 7th, 2016 under Applying to College, Current Events, Testing

taking the new SAT

With the new SAT just debuted, many are anxious about the changes. But there is a lot of good news about the test. In fact, after reading this you might want to sign up for the next available test, rather than wait and fret.

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Why You Should Take an AP Test in High School

Posted on Tuesday, February 23rd, 2016 under Academics, High School, Testing

benefits of AP tests

If you are thinking of taking an AP test or two during high school, you are not alone. More students than ever are choosing to take AP classes and exams to get college credit while still in high school.

There are a few reasons for this increasingly common trend.

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How to Start Studying for the TOEFL

Posted on Thursday, January 28th, 2016 under International Students, Testing

studying for the TOEFL

Studying for the TOEFL is a big deal. Really mastering those test skills and language skills takes time and work. The good news is that starting to study for the TOEFL doesn’t have to be hard. There are a few simple steps you can take to start your TOEFL studies. And once you get started, it should be easy to continue.

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SAT & ACT Optional Colleges and Universities

Posted on Thursday, September 10th, 2015 under Applying to College, Choosing a College, Testing

High school testing

Not a great standardized test taker? That’s okay – more than 850 US colleges have SAT and ACT optional policies, including many well-known schools across the country. But watch out — if you don’t meet certain criteria, you may have to take one of the tests anyway.

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Get a GED & Go To a US College

Posted on Saturday, August 22nd, 2015 under Applying to College, Graduation, High School, Testing

BA or BS degree

Just because you didn’t graduate with a high school diploma, doesn’t mean you can’t attend a US college. Most US schools accept high school equivalency diplomas. So earn your GED and you too can attend a school in America.

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The Hardest Section on the SAT

Posted on Monday, June 8th, 2015 under Academics, Applying to College, High School, Testing

Student taking test

This post was written by Lucas Fink, resident SAT expert at Magoosh, a leader in SAT Prep. If we’re going to talk about the hardest section of the SAT, we should first address a bigger question: how hard is the SAT in general? It’s not exactly easy. For every 10,000 students, only about 3 get […]

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Beating the SAT Clock

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

Clock

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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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

taking the 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

TOEFL scores for top unis

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

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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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