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SAT vs. ACT: Which Exam Is “Better?”

By IvyWise on Wed, Aug 08, 2018 @ 01:36 PM

Many Families Believe Colleges Prefer One Exam Over Another

A common question that families consider when their college-bound students are preparing for the SAT or ACT is “which test is better?” Or “are the ACT and SAT considered equally in the application review process?” There’s been a long-held myth that one test is favored over the other, however, that’s simply not the case.

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Use Games to Improve Your SAT Score

By IvyWise on Mon, Jul 30, 2018 @ 09:00 AM

Have Some Fun and Prep for the SAT With These Games

When it comes to improving SAT scores, there's no substitute for comprehensive test prep. However, there are activities you can do outside of studying to help reframe how you approach certain test problems and concepts. Games in particular are an excellent way to practice setting and achieving goals, as well as problem solving under pressure.

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What Students Need to Know About Superscoring

By IvyWise on Wed, Jun 06, 2018 @ 09:00 AM

Here Is The IvyWise Guide To Superscoring With Instructions On How To Send SAT And ACT Score Reports

A question we often receive is “what is superscoring?” College-bound students are often confused about what it means to superscore, which colleges do it, and how it impacts submitting their SAT or ACT scores. But we’re here to help! Here’s what students need to know about the logistics of superscoring and how it may improve your score profile when applying to college.

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SAT vs. ACT: Taking Accommodations Into Consideration When Beginning Your Test Prep

By IvyWise on Wed, Apr 18, 2018 @ 10:00 AM

For Students Requiring Testing Accommodations It’s Important To Consider Your Options Along With Your Test Prep Plan

According to The College Board, nearly 160,000 requests for testing accommodations were made in 2015-16. For students with learning disabilities or differences (LDs), deciding which college entrance exam – the SAT or the ACT – is the best fit for their needs can be extra challenging as they must navigate additional considerations, like applying to accommodations. While one test isn’t preferable over the other for every LD – everyone is an individual – there are some elements that make one test for preferable over another depending on students’ needs and available accommodations.

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SAT and ACT Prep: How Many Practice Tests Should I Take?

By Taylor, IvyWise Tutoring Coordinator on Mon, Mar 05, 2018 @ 10:00 AM

Take Multiple SAT and ACT Practice Tests As Part of Your  Test Prep Plan

Practice tests are an integral part of any test prep program, especially when you’re preparing for the SAT or ACT. Regardless of the test you plan to take, practice exams give you an opportunity to challenge your skills and gauge your progress.

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Test Prep FAQ: Can You Reschedule Your SAT or ACT?

By IvyWise on Fri, Jan 19, 2018 @ 01:53 PM

Consider Rescheduling Your SAT or ACT Exam Date If Appropriate

By Taylor, IvyWise Tutoring Coordinator

The most important rule of test prep: Don’t sit for the SAT or ACT if you’re not ready. During the spring semester, students dedicate a significant amount of time preparing for a slew of exams ranging from AP exams and finals to the SAT or ACT and SAT Subject Tests. Many students may have a test prep plan in place already, but plans can change and that’s okay! Rescheduling your test date is an option, but how do you know if you should?

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Taking SAT and ACT Practice Tests at Home: Setting Up a Successful Environment

By IvyWise on Fri, Jan 05, 2018 @ 09:00 AM

Full-Length SAT and ACT Practice Tests Are a Key Component of Any Test Prep Plan

By Peter, IvyWise Master Tutor

The spring semester is a big test prep time for college bound students, as many juniors will be taking the SAT or ACT in the coming months. Taking practice tests is an essential part of the test preparation process because the best way to prep for the SAT or ACT is to actually take them! But it’s not enough to take practice tests. Students also need to simulate the test day environment as best as they can.

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Test Prep 101: SAT and ACT Diagnostics

By IvyWise on Wed, Sep 13, 2017 @ 10:20 AM

Students Should Take a Full-Length Diagnostic of Both the SAT and ACT

By Megan, IvyWise Tutoring Manager

With application season upon us, it’s time for sophomores and juniors to begin preparing for and taking standardized tests. The first step to preparing for the SAT or ACT is to decide which test is the best fit for your skills and abilities. While there are countless articles comparing the SAT and ACT and why you should take a certain exam, in reality the tests are incredibly similar. Ultimately, there is no clear sign of which test to prepare for without taking diagnostics of each exam.

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SAT Calculator Hacks From An Expert Tutor

By IvyWise on Thu, Sep 07, 2017 @ 02:29 PM

Tips and Free Tools For Students Using Calculators On the SAT

By Priyam, IvyWise Master Tutor

It’s SAT and ACT season for college bound students, and many will go into these tests with a calculator in-hand. Make sure you know how – and when – to use it.

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Innovative Free Apps To Help You Step Up Your SAT and ACT Vocabulary

By IvyWise on Fri, Sep 01, 2017 @ 10:44 AM

Utilize Free Resoures To Supplement Your Test Prep

By Megan, IvyWise Tutoring Manager

Expanding your vocabulary is important in high school, especially when preparing for the SAT or ACT, as they both have sections that will test your reading skills and your knowledge of certain words and their definitions. There are a number of free apps that students can use to enhance their vocabulary and make the most of their test prep.

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