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Should I Take the Test Multiple Times?

Here’s what the College Board has to say; “Most students take the SAT during their junior or senior year in high school. At least half of all students take the SAT twice—in the spring of their junior year and in the fall of their senior year. Most students also improve their score the second time […]

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The ACT vs. the SAT

Sometimes the stain of being runner-up can stick for longer than warranted. That’s why it’s worth saying again: the ACT is no longer a neglected stepchild in the world of standardized tests and college admissions. As a New York Times article reported a year ago, the ACT surpassed the SAT in popularity in 2012, in […]

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ACT vs. SAT: Which One Should You Take?

As junior year approaches, the dreadful college entrance exam becomes an over-bearing concern. You begin to worry because one of your friends has already registered for the SAT in September and another for the ACT in October, and you have yet to even consider which one you want to take. They both seem pretty equal […]

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SAT and ACT Medians

Students ask us all the time, “What are my chances of getting into X?” Parents want to know whether their kids should bother with certain schools. “Do we even have a chance there?” While we’ve gotten pretty good at predicting a student’s chances of admission, there’s also a simple way to give yourself an idea […]

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SAT Practice Tests

At Top Test Prep, we stress the importance of completing as many official practice tests as possible, and not just for diagnostic purposes. Doing practice tests is one of the best ways to prepare for the real one and improve your scores. This is true not only of the SAT, but also of the ACT, […]

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ACT to SAT Conversion

Maybe you’ve already taken the SAT or the ACT, and are wondering what you’d have to get on the other one for it to be an improvement. Maybe you’re just curious. Maybe your friend got a 32 and you had an argument about whether your 2150 is better or not. What ACT score matches up […]

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What’s a Good SAT Score?

The straight answer is: it depends. It depends on where you want to go (or who you want to impress). According to the College Board’s table of 2013 SAT percentiles, the median SAT score for college-bound seniors was around 1500 combined. So maybe a ‘good SAT score’ is anything over that mark: you’ll be better […]

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Your Test and Your Confidence

To succeed on standardized tests, you need a certain level of confidence. This is true of most pursuits, but standardized testing is such a stressful and anxiety-producing venture that confidence in your abilities will make or break your score. Most students know the feeling of mid-test anxiety: you begin to worry about that answer that […]

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Approaching Test Day

Test day is tough, whatever the test. At least as important, though, is the time leading up to the big day. The right approach can make all the difference. 1) Take a break. Two or three days before your test date, give yourself a break and stop studying. Not only does cramming not work, but […]

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Frequently Asked Questions for the ACT

What subjects does the ACT test in? The ACT consists of English, Mathematics, Reading, and Science. The ACT plus writing includes all four of the subjects and a 30 minute written essay. The format is 215 multiple choice questions in a given time of 3 and a half hours (or 4 hours if you are […]

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