Should I Take the ACT with Writing?

Co-authored by Renae Hintze The ACT writing portion is optional. I know what you’re thinking — what exactly does “optional” mean? Optional as in… you won’t stand out if you DON’T take it? Optional as in: It’s in your best interest to skip it? OR, does it really just not matter either way? Here’s a …

The New SAT vs. ACT

The new 2016 SAT is hopefully old news to you by now. But with all the articles out there giving you comparisons between the SAT and ACT, I bet you’d like to see something a little more visually appealing… liiike an infographic?  We re-vamped our SAT vs ACT infographic from this past February – just for …

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What Does a Good SAT Essay Look Like?

Let’s face it. When your high schooler is preparing for the SAT, it’s not always an easy process. It isn’t cheap, either! Private tutors, SAT prep courses, SAT prep books–all of these things cost money, and it really adds up. But free SAT resources are so hard to come by…especially those SAT essays. Without access …

Tips to Help Your Student Improve Their SAT Essay

Disclaimer: This article is for the 2005 SAT. Click here to learn about the new, 2016 SAT. The SAT Essay Section can be one of the most dreadful parts of the SAT test-taking experience. Not only is your student given a boring, broad topic they probably don’t care about, but they’re also expected to take some sort …

Why Did My SAT Score Go Down?

So you decided to retake the SAT, and the day’s here–your scores are posted! You rush to the computer, eager to see how you did…and…what? You run to the window, open it wide, and scream in frustration, “WHY DID MY SAT SCORE GO DOWN?” Obviously, this is a major disappointment. But, not majorly uncommon. According to …