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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...

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...

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...

The Definitive Guide to the SAT 2024

The Definitive Guide to the SAT 2024

Junior year rolls around, and with it comes excitement for the future—and standardized tests. Standardized tests like the Digital SAT​ are important, not just for college admissions, but also to minimize future college debt by increasing the scholarships and financial...

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...

Harvard Study of Test Scores

New Study Suggests Elite Colleges Should Reinstate SAT/ACT.
As many top universities remain test-optional, evidence suggests the SAT and ACT predict success in college better than grades.

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...

The New Digital PSAT, and How Do You Prepare?

The New Digital PSAT, and How Do You Prepare?

High school juniors have a lot on their minds, from activities and academics to friends and the future. But most juniors need to add one more item to their list: the PSAT/NMSQT. What is it, and why does it matter for juniors? What is the new Digital PSAT? The PSAT...

Applying to Test-Optional Colleges

Applying to Test-Optional Colleges

Many more colleges and universities now no longer require students to submit a standardized test score for admission. Submitting an ACT or SAT score is now often optional. But the test is optional primarily for those excited to pay full price. For those seeking...

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