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Should You Take the ACT or SAT?

Should You Take the ACT or SAT?

Should You Take the ACT or SAT? Take both, choose the one you prefer, and take it four times. Colleges only care about your highest score; they don’t care and won’t determine how many times you take the test. By doing something four times, and preparing hard each...

2024-2025 ACT and SAT Test Dates

2024-2025 ACT and SAT Test Dates

2024-2025 ACT and SAT Test Dates Take the test you prefer ideally four times, to maximize your score, including the mandated test date if applicable in your state. Many colleges start accepting applications July 1 or August 1 of your senior year, so fitting in...

What Does Test-Optional Really Mean?

What Does Test-Optional Really Mean?

What does test-optional really mean? Even as many colleges extend their test-optional admissions policies another year, the ACT and SAT still can greatly affect merit-based scholarships and college admissions. Test optional really is only for those excited to pay full...

Resources for Summer College Prep

Resources for Summer College Prep

These resources for students and families can help with college prep during the summer months. While summer is fun, it’s also the best time for students to build skills and push themselves to reach their goals. Register and Prepare for June and July ACT Tests and/or...

Test Scores and College Admissions

Test Scores and College Admissions

Should you include test scores in your college admissions or skip sharing scores at test-optional schools? Why Colleges Become Test-Optional Over 1,800 colleges and universities became test-optional in response to Covid. Many have continued to offer admissions without...

Do Colleges Prefer the ACT or SAT: Taking the Right Test

Do Colleges Prefer the ACT or SAT: Taking the Right Test

ACT or SAT?  Consider several factors when choosing which standardized test to take and submit with your college application. If you’re looking for admission to a specific college (and perhaps a selective one), you might wonder which test colleges prefer. Do Colleges...

Not Test-Optional for Homeschool Students

Not Test-Optional for Homeschool Students

Some test-optional schools still require homeschool students to submit ACT or SAT scores as a needed metric to evaluate their application. International students may also still see testing requirements. Many test-optional schools also still require ALL students to...

What’s a Good ACT Score?

What’s a Good ACT Score?

What's a Good ACT Score? The ACT is a test used by many colleges for admissions and scholarship decisions. Recent studies have shown that test scores are closely linked to college success, even more than high school GPAs. Some states require all public school juniors...

What to Know About Standardized Tests

What to Know About Standardized Tests

What do test scores say about a student's intellectual ability? Test scores suggest a student’s intellectual capacity. For grammar, math, and reading, standardized tests can be representative of learning to date and future capacity in those areas. Still, standardized...

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