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  • Tips for Writing Personal Essays

    Tips for Writing Personal Essays

    Personal essays are an essential component of the college experience. Most college applications require a personal essay, and some college courses will require you to write multiple papers about your personal experiences. Personal essays require […]

     
  • Turning Old ACT Writing Prompts Into New Ones

    Turning Old ACT Writing Prompts Into New Ones

    As we’ve talked about before, the ACT Writing section has recently undergone a major revision. While a new version of the official ACT guide is due out soon, there are only a handful of official […]

     
  • The ACT vs. the New SAT: Which one is right for you? (Part Two)

    The ACT vs. the New SAT: Which one is right for you? (Part Two)

    This week we’ll continue our summary of the differences between the ACT and the new SAT. Part one covered general considerations, ACT vs. SAT Reading, and ACT English vs. SAT Writing and Language. This part […]

     
  • The ACT vs. the New SAT: Which one is right for you? (Part One)

    The ACT vs. the New SAT: Which one is right for you? (Part One)

    With the changes to the March 2016 SAT, it’s time to update our “ACT vs. SAT” guide. The redesigned SAT is more like the ACT than the old SAT was. Both the ACT and SAT […]

     
  • Tips for the Week of the Test

    Tips for the Week of the Test

    In this lesson we’re going to provide some recommendations for what you should and should not do during the week leading up to ACT or SAT. These tips will help you to maximize your final […]

     
  • Changes to the ACT Writing Test

    Changes to the ACT Writing Test

    Students taking the optional ACT Writing (essay) Test this fall will notice that the format has changed somewhat. For one thing, students now have 40 minutes (instead of the previous 30) to write their essays. […]

     
  • Skim Reading Tips for ACT and SAT Passages

    Skim Reading Tips for ACT and SAT Passages

    The ACT and SAT reading sections require you to do a great deal in a relatively short amount of time. Not only must you read multiple passages of several hundred words each, you must also […]

     
  • New SAT Reading Questions vs. Old SAT Reading Questions

    New SAT Reading Questions vs. Old SAT Reading Questions

    Today we’re going to look at some of the ways in which the types of questions on the March 2016 SAT Reading section differ from those on the version of the exam that will be […]

     
  • The 2015 PSAT/NMSQT

    The 2015 PSAT/NMSQT

    From October 2015 onwards, the PSAT/NMSQT (Preliminary SAT/National Merit Scholarship Qualifying Test) format will change to match that of the redesigned SAT. We’ve covered some of the SAT changes already, but today we’re going to […]

     
  • The March 2016 SAT Writing and Language Test: An Overview

    The March 2016 SAT Writing and Language Test: An Overview

    Continuing our look at the revised version of the SAT that will be offered from March 2016 onward, today we’re going to give an overview of the Writing and Language Test. Designed to take the […]