Category: sat

  • What Is a Good SAT Essay Score?

    To Get a Good SAT Essay Score, Get the Purpose of the Essay When the new SAT was released a few years ago, the essay became an optional element of the test. Many colleges don’t require it for admissions, as it’s unclear if the essay measures something meaningful to a student’s application. Nevertheless, if a […]

  • What Grade Do You Take the SAT?

    High school is a busy time of life. You have a lot to think about—classes to study for, jobs, extracurriculars, friends… It’s hard to think about adding the stress of college prep, especially when it seems so far away. But, like it or not, high school is college prep. The decisions and choices you make […]

  • What Calculators Are Allowed on the SAT?

    Before you get all wound up about finding out what calculators are allowed on the SAT, make sure you understand why it matters. Why Are Calculators Allowed on the SAT? You probably know by now that the SAT includes two math sections, one called “No Calculator” and one called “Calculator.” Obviously the No Calculator test […]

  • What are SAT Subject Tests?

    Except for those colleges and universities that have gone test-optional, every school you’ll apply to requires a different combination of the SAT, ACT, and/or SAT Subject Tests. Some schools don’t require SAT Subject tests, and some require you submit ACT scores or the SAT plus Subject Tests. These combinations are always listed on each individual […]

  • The Princeton Review for SAT: An Honest Review

    The Princeton Review is one of the oldest and most successful test-prep companies around. Founded by a Princeton grad, they’ve been preparing students for the SAT (and a wide array of other standardized tests) since 1981. Thanks to those decades of experience, they’re experts on the complex world of college admissions testing. And because these […]


    As president of a tutoring company that tutors students privately all over the world for the SAT and ACT, there is no single question I am asked more consistently than, “Which test should I take? The SAT or ACT?” Both tests are purported to test a survey of things you’ve learned in high school, but […]

  • Pocket Guide to the SAT

    It seems like every year the process of applying to college gets more complicated. Students make interview videos, assemble elaborate resumes, and pull together transcripts from high school, online learning, and sometimes even college courses.  Earning the best standardized test score you can is usually part of that process. Everyone needs to figure out how […]

  • Magoosh SAT Review

    When students ask me to recommend a good online SAT-prep program, the first company that I mention is usually Magoosh. What Is Magoosh? Based in Berkeley, California, Magoosh is a team of self-described “education nerds who get super stoked about helping students achieve their academic dreams.”

  • Kaplan SAT Prep Review

    Kaplan has been around almost since the invention of standardized testing. They’ve been preparing students for the SAT (and a plethora of other educational exams) for over 80 years.Like all of the famous old test-prep companies, Kaplan made its name through in-person classes and tutoring. More recently, they’ve added a spectrum of online options to […]

  • How to Write the SAT Essay

    Understanding how to write the SAT essay can be a little intimidating.  There’s no multiple choice to fall back on with the SAT essay. It’s just you, some paper, and a Number 2 pencil, writing an essay out of thin air. When it feels so open-ended, how do you know exactly what to write for […]