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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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Difference between 3.7 and 4.0 GPA in the eyes of colleges?

I thought I had a 4.0 GPA because I've never earned a grade lower than a 90 in any of my high school classes. It turns out, however, that on the unweighted GPA scale my GPA is actually a 3.7 (according to my guidance counselor). I've taken the most difficult classes throughout high school, and I'm h...
04 Jan '16, 09:26 Sam_PrepScholar1.3k
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Practice ACT Test

What test form do you send as part of your prep program. Just curious
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How to improve on SAT Reading inference questions?

I consistently have the most trouble on Critical Reading questions that ask me to make inferences about the author's point of view in the passage. What's the best way to improve my performance on these types of questions?
31 Dec '15, 11:30 Sam_PrepScholar1.3k
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How many questions can I skip for a 600 on SAT Reading?

My goal on the reading section of the SAT is a 600. How many questions can I skip without falling short of my target score?
30 Dec '15, 14:52 Sam_PrepScholar1.3k
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Best critical reading SAT review book?

What's the best review book I can use to improve my scores on the critical reading section of the SAT?
30 Dec '15, 14:07 Sam_PrepScholar1.3k
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Best SAT review book for high scoring students?

I'm currently scoring a 2050 on the SAT, but I'm hoping to bring my score up to the 2200 range. Which review book should I use to bolster my studying efforts?
30 Dec '15, 13:35 Sam_PrepScholar1.3k
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Best ACT Prep Books for English and Reading?

I've consistently earned near-perfect scores on the Math and Science sections of the ACT, but my English and Reading scores are significantly lower (by ten points or so!). Which prep books should I use to improve my scores on the English and Reading sections?
29 Dec '15, 15:34 Sam_PrepScholar1.3k
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Should I report low AP scores?

I got a 1 and a 2 on two of my AP tests. Should I avoid sending these scores to colleges, or should I report them in the interest of full disclosure?
29 Dec '15, 12:48 Sam_PrepScholar1.3k
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Take Difficult Classes Senior Year or Self-Study APs?

I'm coming up on my senior year, and I want to study Computer Science at UMASS Amherst. I have a good GPA (around a 4.3 weighted), and a 30 ACT score, so I think I have a solid chance of acceptance. What should I prioritize at this point, maintaining a rigorous course load that will show up on my tr...
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Taking six AP classes senior year?

Is it overly ambitious to take six AP classes senior year? I'm planning on taking AP Biology, AP Chemistry, AP Physics (B), AP English Lit, AP Calculus AB, and AP Calculus BC. I hope to attend Rice University.
19 Dec '15, 12:30 Sam_PrepScholar1.3k
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How Many Reach Schools Should I Apply To?

I have the grades and test scores to be a competitive applicant at any school, but I'm wondering how many reach schools I should have on my list. Should I apply to a wide range of elite colleges to increase my chances of getting into one of them, or should I narrow it down to just a couple?
18 Dec '15, 13:59 Sam_PrepScholar1.3k
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Additional Letters of Recommendation?

Can it help your college application to send additional letters of recommendation beyond the required two?
18 Dec '15, 13:34 Sam_PrepScholar1.3k
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What's More Important to Colleges - GPA or Test Scores?

Do colleges prefer students with low GPAs and high SAT/ACT scores or students with high GPAs and low SAT/ACT scores? Which factor is more important in the admissions process?
18 Dec '15, 12:08 Sam_PrepScholar1.3k

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