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The SAT and ACT Math Sections: Which Works Better for You?

Math is math is math. The Pythagorean Theorem is always a²+b²=c². The square root of 144 is always 12 (unless it’s -12).

You might think it logically follows that one math test is like another. However, that is not always the case! Taking the SAT math test can be a very different experience than taking the ACT version.

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Can an SAT Exam Be Too Easy?

What happened?

That’s what high school students and their parents were asking this summer after taking the June 2018 SAT. Shocked and angry are perhaps the two words that best describe these families.

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SAT or ACT? Find Out Which Test is Right for You

You’re in high school, or you may be the parent of a student in high school. You’re looking towards future possibilities: college, graduate school, graduations, internships, careers.

Not so fast! First, there’s a test.

Actually, there are two tests. College-bound students usually take either the SAT or the ACT as part of their admissions path. The need to choose between the two can trigger several questions.

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A Year Later—Update on the New SAT

The new SAT, as it is commonly referred to in the test prep world, was officially launched for the first time on March 5, 2016, and has subsequently been administered seven additional times—most recently on May 6, 2017.  As we recently passed the first year anniversary, we thought it would be helpful to report on what has transpired in the world of the new SAT since its March 2016 debut.  

How Hard Is It?

After years of little movement in high school students’ average SAT scores, the scores went up rather significantly after the first administration of the new SAT. The average composite score on the old three-section SAT (each section worth 800 points) was 1500, while the average for the new two-section SAT (each section worth 800 points) is 1090. This represents about a 45-point increase per section.

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New SAT Test Controversy Prompts Change

Amidst substantial criticism, the College Board has vowed to make additional changes to the new SAT test. Since its release in March, the new SAT test has been scrutinized by students and educators for excessively wordy and hard-to-understand passages in the math section, making it difficult for students to complete the test in the allotted time frame — especially for students who speak English as a second language.

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How Do I Prepare for the SAT Essay Prompt?

To succeed in something new, it’s important to understand it. This rule of thumb is no different for the new style and structure of the SAT, which has recently undergone a makeover. Between 2005 and 2016, the SAT was broken up into three sections: Math, Reading, and Writing, which included the essay and multiple-choice language questions. Since March of this year, the SAT has undergone a complete overhaul.

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SAT/ACT Hybrid Tests: Don't Drink The Kool-Aid

Michael Dean, of Summit Educational Group in Massachusetts recently wrote a blog post describing why it's not a good idea for students to take SAT/ACT hybrid tests provided by some test preparation companies.

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Got Questions About the New SAT & PSAT? We’ve Got Answers!

With a new version of the PSAT now available and an updated SAT test format scheduled for rollout in March 2016, it is normal for parents and students to feel uneasy about diving into a test prep program with so many questions still unanswered.

A+ Test Prep and Tutoring is keeping up with the latest news in the world of standardized testing so that we can best serve families in the greater Philadelphia area. Let’s take a look at some of your questions and how the answers will impact your child’s SAT and PSAT test prep.

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January 2016 SAT -- Three SAT Verbal Challenges (And How to Overcome Them)*

*Please note: This post applies to the current SAT test format. Starting in March 2016, a new format for the SAT test will be in place. For more information on these upcoming changes, click here.

The SAT Verbal sections can be intimidating. Surely you and your student have heard horror stories about the thousands of words he or she needs to memorize before facing the SAT or the purposely tricky reading passages and sentence completion questions. It is true that your child needs to pay close attention when it comes to the SAT Verbal section—but there are ways to combat the challenges it presents. Take a look at the simple tips below. 

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How Do Colleges View SAT and SAT Subject Test Scores?

Answers to your college admissions questions about the SAT and SAT Subject Tests 


Can a student pick and choose which sections of an SAT test the colleges can view, as opposed to just a certain test date's scores? For example, can a student send his Math score from October and his Critical Reading score from November?
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