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How old is too old for the SAT/ACT?

Is 28 too old for the tests? I'm 28 and looking to go to college for real this time (looking to pursue my dreams and whatnot). I took the ACT at 18, and didn't take it seriously because I was "too cool for school" and I now regret it and want to go back and restart my last 10 years of messing around...
21 Jun '16, 14:06 Laura_PrepSc...536
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Where can I find good evidence for the SAT essay?

Can anyone recommend some book plots or events in history that can be used for a variety of SAT essay prompts? My last SAT I scored a 10/12 which I'm happy with, but I'm pretty sure that was largely due to the fact that I had perfect examples for the prompt. My writing is there but I just find it so...
21 Jun '16, 13:25 Laura_PrepSc...536
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Will the October SAT results be available for early decision?

It seems like the new SAT scores take longer to release than the old SAT. It took almost 6 weeks for the May 7th SAT! If it takes just as long for the October SAT then the scores won't come out until the middle of November. Will I still be able to apply to early decision, November 1st for many schoo...
21 Jun '16, 13:00 Chris_PrepSc...76
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When are International SAT/ACT scores released?

I read sometimes it takes longer for international students in countries like korea or China to get their scores back. Is that true?
14 Jun '16, 13:58 Laura_PrepSc...536
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New SAT vs ACT: More Time Pressure?

Various websites point out that the SAT gives more time per question, thus students may feel less rushed on it than on the ACT. But a presentation given at my kid's high school last week by the head of guidance and a Kaplan rep said that SAT questions are longer than ACT questions (i.e., reading pas...
14 Jun '16, 10:27 Laura_PrepSc...536
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How important is vocabulary in the SAT essay?

I've been using a book to help with my SAT prep and I noticed that their top essay example includes some high level vocabulary. I'm aiming for a high score in the essay, but my vocabulary isn't that strong. Will this prevent me from getting a high score?
14 Jun '16, 09:17 Laura_PrepSc...536
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When can you use a comma before "because"?

I learned from school that you never place a comma before "because"; however, in the sentence below, that rule is broken. "On the SAT, dashes will most often be placed on either side of an interruption in the middle of a sentence, because this is its only unique function.” So, when can you use a co...
10 Jun '16, 15:25 Sam_PrepScholar1.3k
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Non-Native English Speaker - 1 year enough for SAT prep?

I have to take SAT exam to apply for universities. I've actually started to study for SAT (i'm going to take it in 2017), but i'm very afraid I'll get a low score. my target score is 1200, because I'm not a native English speaker, and if i got a lower score i would wait another year. so, do i have t...
10 Jun '16, 12:39 Laura_PrepSc...536
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Should I file a complaint if my proctor made a timing mistake?

I was taking the general SAT today, the one with all 4 sections and the essay. The proctor for my test made an error with the time, which actually messed me up a bit. She was recording the time off of her personal watch or cell phone, but the clock in our room that I used to check the time during th...
08 Jun '16, 18:14 Sam_PrepScholar1.3k
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Which test should I take?

Hi! (this may get a little long) Im a sophomore (2015-2016 or this school year) in high school (will be a junior for the 2016-2017 school year) currently debating wether I should take the SAT or the ACT. After doing my research I had decided to take a blind mock of both tests at home on two differen...
07 Jun '16, 13:36 Sam_PrepScholar1.3k
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Superscoring Between New and Old SAT?

I was wondering whether colleges will superscore between the old and new SAT. I took the old test and earned W650 R700 M750. On the new one, which I took just two days ago, I am confident that I will score in the mid to high 700s for the Reading and Writing section, but on some practice tests my Mat...
07 Jun '16, 10:45 maxwellhidajat11
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If I added a subject test on test day, can I cancel that score?

I signed up to take the Math 2 and physics tests, which went very well. Spur of the moment I added the literature test, which was a disaster. Is there any chance that the lit score can be canceled, while preserving the math and physics scores? Can this be achieved by NOT paying the college board's e...
05 Jun '16, 13:53 Sam_PrepScholar1.3k
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Should I submit SAT scores if my ACT is better?

I got a 31 on my ACT and will take it again to hopefully get at least a 32. I got a 1410 on my SAT and that seems to be at the level of a 30 on the ACT. Do colleges want to see both tests? Or should I only send in my ACT since it has better scores?
03 Jun '16, 14:05 Sam_PrepScholar1.3k
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Can I take the SAT between high school and college?

The university that I would like to attend requires me to be at least 21 years of age and take the SAT I, which means that I have two more years to take the test before I apply. Will I be able to take the SAT I during those two years? Also, will I stand a better chance of being accepted to universit...
03 Jun '16, 12:19 Sam_PrepScholar1.3k
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Standardized Test Tips for Older International Student?

I'm considered intelligent and a quick study by most of my peers, but I am concerned how I will do in a standardized testing environment since I'm so rusty. I'm not looking for study tips and tricks so much as I'm wondering about how much time I should give myself to prepare. Alternatively, are ther...
01 Jun '16, 11:33 Laura_PrepSc...536
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Plan to Retake SAT if Sending All Scores?

I plan to take the SATs in June and then retaking it in October. I think my June score will be around 1250 or less. I don't feel that confident because I neglected studying and didn't find out about PrepScholar until now. That's why I plan to retake the test in October. I would have more time to stu...
31 May '16, 16:43 Laura_PrepSc...536
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Does spelling matter on the SAT Essay?

I have been practicing SAT essay timing, and noticed that my spelling is really bad when I go back to review. How much can misspelling words lower my essay score? Should I try to use simple words that I know I can spell correctly?
28 May '16, 15:29 Sam_PrepScholar1.3k
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Is the ACT harder than the SAT?

I just took an ACT practice test, and it seemed super hard to me in comparison to the SAT! I ran out of time on everything except Math (which I actually thought was relatively easy). I was most pressed for time on Reading, and I had a hard time understanding the Science section. I didn't have any ti...
27 May '16, 09:14 Sam_PrepScholar1.3k
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Should I retake the ACT or try the SAT instead?

I got a 30 on the ACT, but I didn't take it with Writing. I wasn't expecting to get this high of a score the first time around, so I figured it was fine to save Writing for a retake. At this point, I have to either take the ACT again with Writing or take the SAT. I'm thinking maybe I should go with...
26 May '16, 11:46 Sam_PrepScholar1.3k
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Which SAT practice tests should I use after I've finished all the official ones?

The SAT prep Black Book (whose methods I am a big believer in) insists that you should only use real College Board practice tests, and I get its point. What's the best alternative to official tests, or what do I do next? Thanks for your time! Regards satstudentx
23 May '16, 09:52 Laura_PrepSc...536
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Is the sophomore year too early to be taking the SAT?

Hello, I plan to take my first SAT in the beginning of my sophomore year. I will be taking the NEW SAT 1600. Do colleges have any preference to which high school year the SAT is taken? Will they think this is too early?
20 May '16, 18:03 Sam_PrepScholar1.3k
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How does my new SAT score compare to the old one, and is my new score good for college?

Okay so I took the new SAT, and I got a 1260 out of 1600 with 570 in math and 690 in reading/writing, and I have no idea how good/bad/terrible/average it is. On the old SAT I was scoring around a 1650 , so I have no idea how much or little I've improved. Does anyone know? How are my admission chance...
19 May '16, 10:32 Sam_PrepScholar1.3k
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When is the best time for a senior to take the SAT?

I'll be in 12th grade this upcoming school year. When is the best time for me to take the SAT?
12 May '16, 12:38 Sam_PrepScholar1.3k
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Does PrepScholar have SAT essay graders?

Hi, I need an SAT essay grader to quickly give me a score. Does PrepScholar offer such a service? And if so, for how much?
10 May '16, 13:36 Laura_PrepSc...536
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Can I take the SAT senior year?

I’m a Junior in high school with a very busy schedule. I’m taking 4 AP classes, and I’m actively involved in clubs at my school and in my community. Everyone keeps telling me that I need to take the SAT this year, but I don’t feel like I have the time to really study and get a good score. Is it oka...
10 May '16, 11:34 Sam_PrepScholar1.3k
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How do I get an SAT fee waiver?

I’m a U.S. citizen living with my mother in Russia. I’ve done some research and found that I am eligible for an SAT fee waiver, but I can’t find any information on where and how to get one as a citizen abroad.
10 May '16, 10:39 Sam_PrepScholar1.3k
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Is Casio FX-991 ES Plus Calculator Allowed on the SAT?

Hi! I am worried about my calculator (fx-991es plus). Can I bring this kind of calculator into the test room? If not, what kind of calculator should I use for taking the SAT? Thank you!
08 May '16, 16:35 Fred_PrepSch...101
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ACT scores - Which should I send?

I did the ACT with writing in December and got 30 composite and 33 in writing. I did the ACT again in April and got 32 composite but my writing dropped to 25. Should I send both or just one? If so, which one should I send?
06 May '16, 15:15 Laura_PrepSc...536
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New SAT - How will my essay score affect my composite?

I’ll be taking the SAT with Essay next week and I have a questions about scoring. I got a 1290 on my more recent practice test, but this is without the essay. How many points could the essay potentially add to my score?
06 May '16, 11:16 Laura_PrepSc...536
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How long is the SAT?

My admission ticket says to arrive by 7:45am. What time does the test actually start, and how long should I expect to be there?
06 May '16, 11:14 Laura_PrepSc...536

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