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SAT Changes Coming in 2016

Coming spring of 2016, the SAT will change (almost) entirely. The College Board has been working hard to create an exam that dispels all of the criticism they have received about the SAT being a “test-taking skill” exam rather than a college entrance exam. The new SAT will be more focused on things that matter […]

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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 Words

The SAT is infamous for its tough vocabulary words. Many students before you have wondered why they need to know what ‘acrimonious’ means, and I get it: it’s not likely you use that word on a regular basis. Well, it seems that the College Board has heard these criticisms. The new SAT rolls out in […]

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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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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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3 Things to Do This Summer

When you’re in high school, summer is a time to relax. After being busy with homework, extracurriculars, hanging out with friends, and whatever other commitments you have, it’s important to give yourself a breather. You also need a break from getting up every morning; a developing mind needs sleep, after all. This doesn’t mean that […]

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What is the SAT?

When it’s time for you to apply for college, the most frequently talked about topic is the SAT. When are you taking it? What is your score? Are you taking it again? Did you study for it? What is it? Watch the video below to learn from one of Top Test Prep’s top 1% tutors […]

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