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Should I join a college honor society?

I've been invited to join the honor society at my new college. I have heard that these required extra work and don't provide any real benefit. Are honor societies really worth it in the long run? If I do join, how can I get the most from the extra work required?
04 Feb '16, 09:52 Sam_PrepScholar1.3k
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High GPA but low SAT for UNC?

I have looked into the college I want to go to (UNC Chapel Hill, in-state student), and I have noticed that my GPA is above their average, but my SAT scores are below their average. I'm scoring around a 1650 on the 2400 scale. I also tried taking the ACT, but I scored in the same range. I have prett...
03 Feb '16, 12:15 Sam_PrepScholar1.3k
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Is Rocket Review Still Recommended for SAT Prep?

The book apparently came out in 2006 and hasn't been updated since. I don't have much experience with SAT and don't really know if any large changes has been made to the SAT test since 2006. However, many people recommend this book and I plan on buying in. The only problem is I live overseas and shi...
03 Feb '16, 11:47 Laura_PrepSc...521
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Guessing on the new SAT?

I hear there's no longer a guessing penalty on the new SAT. If this is the case, should I always guess on all the questions I can't figure out? Is there any situation where I should avoid guessing?
03 Feb '16, 11:13 Sam_PrepScholar1.3k
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How do colleges weight GPA?

At my school, weighted GPA is on the scale: AP: 6.0, Honors: 5.0, Regular: 4.0. We also have an "Academic Core" GPA which is: AP: 5.0, Honors: 4.5, Regular: 4.0. Which, if any, do colleges use?
03 Feb '16, 10:40 Sam_PrepScholar1.3k
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ACT without Writing useless if schools want Writing section?

I am a sophomore and I took the ACT and got a 35. However I took the ACT without writing and I saw that most colleges require the ACT Plus Writing. Does this mean that my ACT score without writing is useless or is there some way for me to take just the writing? I am planning to go to either Michigan...
03 Feb '16, 10:25 Laura_PrepSc...521
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Will a bad grade in AP Calculus AB destroy me?

I received a 65 in AP Calculus AB. I started off the year with medical issues that disabled me from attending class consistently in the beginning of the year. Despite an otherwise adequate report card, is this 65 going to destroy my chances of getting into my match/target/reach schools? I am applyin...
03 Feb '16, 10:23 Laura_PrepSc...521
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How does the SAT compare to the PSAT?

I did pretty well on the PSAT, but I'm still a little nervous about the real SAT. Will it be significantly harder than the PSAT? What concepts and types of questions will I see on the SAT that weren't on the PSAT?
02 Feb '16, 23:08 Sam_PrepScholar1.3k
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Tips for hard ACT Math problems?

I always crash and burn at the end of the ACT Math section on the last 15 questions (like, I get maybe one or two of them right). My score has consistently been around a 25, but I'd really like to get it up above a 27. Any advice?
02 Feb '16, 17:57 Sam_PrepScholar1.3k
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Postpone ACT or Drive 50 Miles?

So I forgot to register for the April ACT and the last day to sign up is coming up. Of course all the seats within a 50 mile radius are taken. Should I just study really hard over the next few months and take it June? The nearest test center with seats available is a 1 hour drive, so I'd have to wak...
02 Feb '16, 16:10 Laura_PrepSc...521
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Best ACT review book to raise score from 33 to 36?

Last year I took the ACT as a sophomore and received a 32 with no preparation. Now, after reading some of the science strategies from Princeton Review, and after studying for SAT CR, I am within the 33-34 range. What books should I buy to raise my ACT score to a 36? I have about 7 months to do it. I...
02 Feb '16, 15:44 Sam_PrepScholar1.3k
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Can you help a Junior pick classes for next year?

I'm currently a Junior at a high school in California, and recently the class applications have come out. I don't know which ones will help my admission chances for colleges next year. I plan to apply to UCB, UCSB, and UCLA for Computer Science or Math/Statistics. So far, I know I'm going to take A...
02 Feb '16, 14:46 Laura_PrepSc...521
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Does Paper SAT Registration Mean Paper Score Report?

I had to register for the SAT by mail instead of online. Does this mean I'm going to get my score report in the mail as well, or can I get my scores online?
02 Feb '16, 14:14 Laura_PrepSc...521
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How can I send all of my ACT scores to colleges?

For the UC schools I have to send in all results from every test I have taken, but the ACT doesn't seem to have score choice. How can I send them all my scores? Do I need to send each individual score to the school or can I send them everything at once?
02 Feb '16, 14:03 Laura_PrepSc...521
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Preventing careless errors on SAT Math?

I'm frustrated with my SAT Math scores. I know how to do all the problems, but inevitably I end up getting a few wrong because of careless mistakes. What can I do to prevent this from happening in the future?
02 Feb '16, 13:37 Sam_PrepScholar1.3k
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How is vocabulary tested on the new SAT?

I know the College Board is getting rid of sentence completion questions on the SAT, but I'm not sure exactly what that means for me. I don't have a great vocabulary, so I guess it's good news, but how will they test vocab now? Do I have to actually study definitions or is that a waste of time?
02 Feb '16, 12:57 Sam_PrepScholar1.3k
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Automatic financial aid for National Merit Finalist?

My daughter is a junior and has received PSAT scores that mean she'll likely be a National Merit Finalist. We are looking at schools with significant automatic merit aid for NMF. Some schools, like University of Kentucky, appear to award large scholarships at the National Merit Finalist level. Other...
02 Feb '16, 11:57 Laura_PrepSc...521
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What does a high score on the ACT truly provide?

I keep procrastinating my studies for the act primarily due to the homework load at my high school and to have some free time. My current ACT score is 24 and I was planning to reach 30 at least. However, I'm starting to wonder what a score in the 30+ range will really get me besides admission to sel...
01 Feb '16, 18:52 Laura_PrepSc...521
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How can I get extra time on the SAT for a disability?

On these prolonged tests I will occasionally doze off and can get distracted. I went to a physician and she said it was one of the worst cases she has ever seen. She gave me medication, but it doesn't really help me. My counselor I feel isn't much help and I feel she laughed it off. Is it possible t...
01 Feb '16, 17:54 Laura_PrepSc...521
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Will my scores be cancelled if I wrote on the SAT answer sheet?

If I have to skip a question on the SAT, I write the number of the question next to the section on the answer sheet to remind myself to come back to it. I forgot to erase a couple of these numbers before I turned in my test. I didn't know before the test that you aren't supposed to make stray marks ...
01 Feb '16, 12:58 Sam_PrepScholar1.3k
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How does the SAT score curve work?

I have been reading about raw scores, scaled scores, and composite scores and I'm very confused about how the College Board comes up with the final number that gets sent to colleges. Can you help me understand how the SAT is scored? I've also heard rumors that some months are better to take the test...
01 Feb '16, 12:32 Sam_PrepScholar1.3k
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What's considered a suspicious SAT score improvement?

I've heard that the College Board investigates score improvements on the SAT if they're extreme enough because it raises questions about whether the student cheated. How much would your score have to improve for this to happen? Is there a specific benchmark?
01 Feb '16, 11:09 Sam_PrepScholar1.3k
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What is the best way to transition from the SAT to the ACT?

I've been practicing the SAT, but after taking the January SAT I feel that my SAT score isn't sufficient for the colleges that i'm aiming for so i've decided to give ACT a try. I've been averaging around 2100 on the SAT, but couldn't seem to get up to a 2200. I will be aiming for at least a 33 on th...
31 Jan '16, 19:03 Sam_PrepScholar1.3k
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What kind of calculator can you bring to the SAT?

When I do practice problems and practice tests I usually use the calculator on my laptop since it's accessible. I know the SAT doesn't let you use computers during the test, but I don't have access to a good calculator to bring with me on test day. How important is a having a calculator and what are...
31 Jan '16, 18:40 Sam_PrepScholar1.3k
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Time management on ACT Science?

How much time should I spend on each passage in ACT Science? Should I plan to spend different amounts of time on different types of passages? I'm having trouble pacing myself appropriately - I always end up missing like 3 or 4 questions at the end.
30 Jan '16, 12:44 Sam_PrepScholar1.3k
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Does it take longer to get ACT scores for standby testers?

Is there any difference in the turnaround time for scores for standby test-takers? If so, how much longer will it take to get them than it takes for normal scores?
29 Jan '16, 18:56 Sam_PrepScholar1.3k
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Should I skip straight to the questions on ACT Science?

I've tried reading the passage first, and I've tried skipping straight to the questions. I got the same score with both strategies (26, but I'm hoping for a 29+). Which strategy gives me the best chance of improving my score next time?
29 Jan '16, 14:28 Sam_PrepScholar1.3k
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Send all SATs or all ACTs to Yale?

I have a 2400 on the SAT and a 35 on the ACT. I know I have nothing to worry about with both of these scores, but my issue is with SAT subject tests. I kind of went overboard and took too many subject tests, and two out of my five scores are in the 600s. I'm worried these scores will hurt me in the ...
29 Jan '16, 12:29 Sam_PrepScholar1.3k
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Do I have a chance at top colleges with a 580 CR SAT score?

My Math and Writing scores are in the 700s, but I'm stuck at a 580 on Critical Reading. I've already taken the test three times, so I'm not going to take it again. I have scores in the high 700s on my subject tests in Math and Physics, and I'd say my application is very good overall other than this ...
28 Jan '16, 14:49 Sam_PrepScholar1.3k
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Can I report SAT II scores without reporting SAT I scores?

I got a better score on the ACT than the SAT, so I was planning on just sending my ACT scores to colleges. I'm applying to schools that ask you to send all scores from either the SAT I/SAT II, the ACT, or both tests. My problem is that I did very well on my SAT subject tests, so I'd like colleges to...
28 Jan '16, 14:00 Sam_PrepScholar1.3k

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