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SAT and ACT prep: how to reduce test anxiety

You can study for hours for the SAT or ACT, but test anxiety can still turn your blood cold. Find out how to crush testing season by overcoming stress.

5 ways to prepare for the SAT

Start preparing early for the SAT. The more you practice, the better you'll do.

6 ways test prep can improve your SAT or ACT scores

The key to improving your SAT and ACT scores begins with test prep.

PSAT Prep: 7 Things to Expect

Mentally prepare yourself for the PSAT and the strange quirks you may encounter during test time.

George Washington University doesn't care about your SAT or ACT scores

George Washington University will no longer require SAT or ACT scores on college applications. See what other colleges are ditching standardized tests.

The new SAT vs the old SAT: Which is better?

In March 2016, CollegeBoard will begin administering a new SAT test. Find out how this test will differ from the current version, and whether it'd be better to take the test now or wait to take the new one.

Why test prep matters for the SAT and ACT

Want to raise your score on the SAT or ACT? Start with test prep. Here's why it works. 

Tackling the SAT and ACT tests: The good, the bad, and the money

With so much riding on how high school students handle the dreaded standardized tests known as the SAT and the ACT, it’s not surprising that parents empty their wallets with hopes that their son or daughter will score that perfect 2400 on the SAT or that flawless 36 on the ACT.

The other freshman 15: In SAT writing

The 2 parts of the Writing section on the SAT test the same rules. At Knewton, we break them down into a list called the Freshman 15. Your ticket to a tremendous score on this section is to learn these rules.

Breaking down the SAT and ACT: Which is for you? Part 2

By Jenn CohenThe ACT and The SAT. The two are very different tests, and preparation for one is not necessarily preparation for both.SectionSATACTCritical Reading (SAT)/Reading (ACT)70 minutesSentence Completions19 questionsPassage Reading48 questions on seven passages of varying lengths35 minutesPassage Reading40 questions on four passages (Prose Fiction, Social Science, Humanities, Natural Science)Math70 minutesNumbers & Operations, Algebra, Geometry, Data Analysis/Statistics/Probability54 questions (including 10 student-produced responses)60 minutesPre-Algebra (Numbers & Operations, Probability, etc.) Algebra I & II, Geometry, Trigonometry60 questionsWriting (SAT)/English […]

The PSAT: What is it? What isn’t it?

By Jenn CohenConfused students and parents nationwide are asking these questions this time of year.  When a possibly important test is known only as an acronym, that’s usually enough to engender fear and a propensity to propagate misinformation.  If you’re not sure what the PSAT is, read on!First, the acronym PSAT used to mean “Preliminary Scholastic Aptitude Test,” but now, like the SAT, the letters don’t actually stand for anything!  All you need to know is […]

Unigo's essential guide to test prep

While we can't help you start an orphanage in Guatemala to catch an admissions officer's eye, our guide to test prep can help you improve your SAT and ACT scores.

Should you take the SAT or ACT?

By Prime ScoutThis article is The NCAA requires that you take either the ACT or the SAT for initial eligibility certification; but which one should you take?The answer is simple: you should take the test you feel most comfortable taking – the one that you feel you have a better chance of success.  Each test has its positives and negatives and high school students tend to score comparably on either test.The ACT tests four high school […]

The lowdown on the SAT writing section

Do colleges even look at a Writing section score? Why did they add it and what’s on it, anyway? If my essay is scored from 1 to 6, how did I get a 9? Why is my multiple-choice score missing a zero?

Top 10 time management tips for the SAT

Three hours and forty-five minutes is a pretty long time to stare at a test booklet and try feverishly to come up with the right answers to SAT questions. Sometimes, those 225 minutes can feel downright interminable. But at other times, the 3 hours and 45 minute limit doesn’t feel like enough time.

Standardized tests: Which ones? When? How many times?

Deciding which standardized tests to take and the best time to take them can be confusing and overwhelming. You will need to develop a plan of action early on so that you don’t “burn out” during the college application process.

4 quick tips for the math section of the SAT

Remember: there's a big difference between "simple" and "easy."

How to dominate reading comprehension on the SAT

Here are some quick tips to help you make the most out of the time allotted for reading comprehension questions.

How to manage your time wisely on the SAT

No doubt about it: the SAT is a pressure cooker. You're asked to answer tons of questions both quickly and accurately, with a proctor constantly reminding you of how much time is left. Even if you're the best test-taker in the world, the almighty clock can be pretty scary.

3 simple SAT grammar tips

Here are three sneaky—and common—grammar errors to look out for on the SAT.

A short history of standardized test preparation

Almost accidentally, I created a Pattern ID strategy that was so powerful that students could get all the questions right without doing any work.

10 tips for outsmarting the SAT

SAT prep expert Elizabeth King shares her top tips for outsmarting the SAT.

ACT like you know: an ACT practice test

DIRECTIONS: On the most inconvenient Saturday of the year (usually the morning after Homecoming or Prom), drag your butt out of bed and to your testing site with a handful of sharpened #2 pencils and a calculator. Fill in the answer bubbles on the separate Scantron sheet and prepare to spend the next four hours of your precious Saturday listening to the guy behind you snort snot up his nasal passages since Kleenexes aren’t allowed in the testing room.

When in doubt, pick C: an SAT primer

Multiple Choice Test, to be done in number two pencil on a Sunday in a badly lighted room with as much pressure as you can manufacture. Guessing is encouraged and may even raise your score.

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