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How can I overcome anxiety and stay calm during the SAT?

This isn't just for the SAT, but I am a very nervous person and cannot handle big situations. The next test is my last chance to score well, and my last 2 real SAT's were 150-200 points below my practice test scores. I feel like my mind cannot focus and I get butterflies inside. I think the nervous...
22 Jan '16, 15:46 Sam_PrepScholar1.3k
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Should I take the new SAT if I've already taken the old version?

I have a 1940 on the Current SAT and I'm taking it second time this weekend to try for 2000+. However, I also want to get a good score on the New SAT. Would taking 4 SAT's (2 old and 2 new) look weird to colleges considering I'm in the class that is transitioning between versions?
22 Jan '16, 15:00 Sam_PrepScholar1.3k
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Should I take the ACT instead of the SAT?

Would it be a good idea for me to switch to the ACT if I'm having trouble with the SAT? I can't seem to get my score above a 1900 even though I'm one of the top students in my class. I think my issue with the SAT is that the questions are asked in indirect ways, and I can't figure out exactly what I...
21 Jan '16, 21:16 Sam_PrepScholar1.3k
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Best review book for Math II SAT Subject Test?

I'm looking for some helpful study resources for the Math II subject test. Which review book should I get?
21 Jan '16, 20:45 Sam_PrepScholar1.3k
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Possible to raise SAT score 300 points in 3 months?

I'm not happy with how I'm currently scoring on the new SAT, and I was wondering if I would be able to improve my score by 300 points or more with a 3 month study plan. I'd like to go from a 1000 to a 1300 or higher. Is this an unrealistic goal?
21 Jan '16, 19:06 Sam_PrepScholar1.3k
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Can anyone explain this difficult SAT math problem?

I can't figure this one out. What's the answer, and how would I find it? In a certain class, 4/7 of the students are boys, and the ratio of the students older than or equal to 10 years to the students less than 10 years old is 2:3. If 2/3 of the girls are less than 10 years old, what fraction of the...
21 Jan '16, 18:22 Sam_PrepScholar1.3k
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Answer explanation for a hard SAT Writing question?

I'm having trouble with this SAT Writing question, and I was wondering if someone could explain the answer to me. Here it is: In context, which of the following is the best way to combine sentences 6 and 7? In royal palaces there were to be found many comforts that medieval castles did not offer. Th...
20 Jan '16, 17:40 Sam_PrepScholar1.3k
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Is it harder for international students to get into Ivy League schools?

I live in the Netherlands. However, I'm hoping to go to an Ivy League school in the US. Will it be harder for me to get in than it is for US citizens? What should I do to improve my chances?
20 Jan '16, 14:29 Fred_PrepSch...101
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Improve ACT score from 32 to 35 in two months?

I just took my first ACT practice test, and I got a 32. I want to apply to Ivy League schools, so I'm hoping to get a 34 or 35 on the real test in two months. Will I be able to improve this much by then? How many study hours should I put in?
19 Jan '16, 12:42 Sam_PrepScholar1.3k
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How much do I need to study to raise my ACT score four points?

I have about three months to study for the ACT, and I'm trying to raise my score from a 27 to a 31. How many hours per week should I study? How many hours should I try to fit in total?
19 Jan '16, 12:13 Sam_PrepScholar1.3k
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Do I need to know scientific facts to do well on ACT Science?

As an ACT newbie, I'm a little nervous about the Science section. Do I need to study the scientific material that's on the test before I take it?
19 Jan '16, 11:09 Sam_PrepScholar1.3k
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Should you send ACT scores to your high school?

I just took the ACT, and I don't know if I should have my ACT scores sent to my high school. I would appreciate anyone sharing the benefits of sending or not sending these scores. Also, if your high school sends your score reports to colleges, is it cheaper than sending them yourself?
19 Jan '16, 10:50 Sam_PrepScholar1.3k
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Time issues on the Reading section of the ACT?

I'm having problems with timing on the ACT, specifically on the Reading section. I can never make it to the last passage. What are some strategies to help me finish the section on time?
19 Jan '16, 10:09 Sam_PrepScholar1.3k
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Best ACT prep books for Reading and English?

I've practiced a bit for the ACT, but I'm still scoring lower than I would like on the Reading and English sections (22 in Reading and 28 in English as opposed to 34 in Math and 35 in Science). Which prep books should I use to improve my scores on those sections?
15 Jan '16, 17:59 Sam_PrepScholar1.3k
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Best ACT prep book for Science and Math?

I finished the Barron's ACT prep book, but I'm not satisfied with my scores yet. My Math and Science scores need the most help. Which prep book should I use for more practice in those subjects?
15 Jan '16, 17:35 Sam_PrepScholar1.3k
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Are the Powerscore SAT prep books good?

I'm thinking of ordering these books. Are they helpful as review tools?
15 Jan '16, 12:45 Sam_PrepScholar1.3k
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Answer explanation for difficult SAT Writing question?

I don't really understand the reasoning behind the answer to this question: Born of Ibuza parents in Nigeria, novelist Buchi Emecheta moved to England in 1962, since which she has lived in North London. A) Same as above B)1962 and has lived since then in North London. C)1962, since then she has liv...
12 Jan '16, 16:18 Sam_PrepScholar1.3k
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How do I solve this hard SAT Math question?

I'm having some trouble with this SAT Math question: At a company, there are n more male employees than female employees. If there are k male employees at the company, what fraction of the employees are male, in terms of n and k? a. 1/(2k+n) b. k/(k+n) c. k/(2k-n) d. n/(2k+n) e. (k-n)/2k Can someon...
12 Jan '16, 15:55 Sam_PrepScholar1.3k
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SAT study guide with good answer explanations?

I scored pretty low on the PSAT because I always blank out on questions when I don't know the answer right away. I would like to find a study resource that walks through answer explanations clearly and shows me exactly how to apply my knowledge on the types of questions that the SAT asks. Which book...
12 Jan '16, 15:38 Sam_PrepScholar1.3k
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Do selective colleges favor the SAT over the ACT?

It seems to me that the SAT is a more difficult test overall, so I find it hard to believe that colleges look upon the SAT and the ACT as equal measurements of academic potential. Is there a subtle bias towards applicants with high SAT scores over those with high ACT scores at elite colleges? If not...
12 Jan '16, 15:11 Sam_PrepScholar1.3k
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Where can I find free ACT practice tests?

I've already gone through the practice tests in the Real ACT Prep Guide, but I want to do more official tests. Are there any others that've been released by the ACT?
11 Jan '16, 11:52 Laura_PrepSc...521
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September ACT - When to Start Prepping?

I know it's early to start thinking about yet, but I want to know when a good time to start prepping for the September ACT is. I'm not going to be able to start until after June, but I know I'm going to have lots of AP homework/summer reading over the summer. When should I start studying? Is one mon...
11 Jan '16, 10:55 Laura_PrepSc...521
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Are Stanford and MIT Ivy League schools?

Do Stanford and MIT belong to the Ivy League? I've heard conflicting information about this.
11 Jan '16, 08:53 Sam_PrepScholar1.3k
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Should I use the additional information section on the Common App?

Under 'Additional Information' in the Common App the following prompt appears: "Please provide an answer below if you wish to provide details of circumstances or qualifications not reflected in the application. You may enter up to 650 words." I have extenuating circumstances that I think colleges sh...
10 Jan '16, 19:13 Sam_PrepScholar1.3k
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Is November too late to take the SAT II for ED/EA?

I want to apply ED to Cornell, but the only feasible time for me to take my SAT Subject Tests is in November of my senior year (I'm retaking the regular SAT on the October test date). Is this too late? Or will Cornell get my scores in time?
10 Jan '16, 17:38 Sam_PrepScholar1.3k
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ACT English/Writing combined score - what's the point?

For both of the tests my daughter took, there was no difference between her English score and the combined English/Writing score (included at the bottom of the score report). Do some people's scores change when you lump the two together? Otherwise, I don't see what the point is.
08 Jan '16, 14:31 Laura_PrepSc...521
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Superscoring for the ACT sections

I know that colleges look at one ACT composite score. My question is: Can you take the best section scores from different tests and send those to colleges to create your best composite?
07 Jan '16, 17:41 Laura_PrepSc...521
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SAT score 150 points lower than predicted?

I got a 1650 on my SAT, and I was expecting to get at least an 1800. I did a fair amount of prep work before the test on my own and with Princeton Review books. Where am I going wrong? How can I make sure I reach my goal next time?
06 Jan '16, 13:40 Sam_PrepScholar1.3k
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Do colleges see senior year grades?

If I'm applying regular decision to college, will schools see my senior year grades before making an admissions decision?
04 Jan '16, 10:07 Sam_PrepScholar1.3k
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How early should I apply for rolling admissions at state schools?

I'm interested in a few different state schools (UMass, Maryland, UConn, URI), and I noticed that many of them have rolling admissions. Should I try to apply as early as possible, or will it not make a difference? How early can I apply?
04 Jan '16, 09:48 Sam_PrepScholar1.3k

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