The Secret Ingredient For Improving Your SAT and ACT Scores

The Secret Ingredient For Improving Your SAT and ACT Scores

Want to know your chances? Find out here. I have a secret. The SAT and ACT is not a test of natural born intelligence. It is just a test, like any other test, that anyone can ace with enough practice. And yes, that includes you. It doesn’t matter if English isn’t your first language. It doesn’t matter if you only have a few weeks before you have to take the test. It doesn’t matter if you scored hundreds of points below your target score. You can do it. How, you ask? Practice. I know that sounds too good to be true, but it is. Think about it. When you have a math test at school, what do you do? You study. You go through all the practice problems you can get your hands on. And then you do it again and again and again until it becomes second nature. The SAT and ACT are long tests, but the same principles apply. Like a math test in school, they are testing for specific types of knowledge and thinking, and they rely on the same types of questions and techniques over and over and over again. What You Need to Do If you want to ace one of these tests, the secret is to know them inside and out. And the best way to do that is to take as many practice tests as you can. There are hundreds of them out there. Sit down at home with a timer and take the entire thing, just like you would on the day of the real test. Give yourself the same amount...
High School Juniors: Don’t Take the Old SAT

High School Juniors: Don’t Take the Old SAT

The SAT is changing. Lots of high school juniors are nervous. Should I take the old SAT now and get it out of the way? How will I be able to study for a test that hasn’t yet been administered? Is this new test going to hurt my chance of admission? I’ve been getting a lot of these questions from high school juniors. And I get it. It is scary to be the transition class. But here is my advice: don’t worry about it. Take the new SAT or the ACT, but don’t feel as if you have to cram in the old SAT and get your dream score before the test switches over. Putting that pressure on yourself is unnecessary and counterproductive. I graduated from high school in 2006. I too was in the transition class when during the second half of my junior year in 2005, the College Board first introduced the test they are now getting rid of. It was a scary time then, I remember. We didn’t know what to expect. People were afraid that college wouldn’t know how to interpret the new scores or that we would all test poorly because it would be difficult to study for an unknown test. But honestly, things worked out fine, and in retrospect, the panic was overblown. Here’s what happened to my friends who tried to take the “old SAT” before the test switched over: 1.     They were very stressed out studying during the middle of junior year. 2.     They were almost all dissatisfied with their scores. 3.     They decided to take the test again when the...
$4,000 Scholarship for Aspiring Writers

$4,000 Scholarship for Aspiring Writers

What Major Best Fits Your Personality? Find out here.   Calling all writers!   Check out this new scholarship for aspiring writers. Unlike many scholarships, it is easy and fast to apply, and you can use the money to help pay for college directly or to help you with some of the side expenses like buying a new computer. All you need to do is submit a short story, poem, blog post, or other piece of writing by November, 29, 2015, and you could win $4,000. See details below and apply here!...
134 College Scholarships Awarded SOLELY for High Grades and SAT/ACT Scores

134 College Scholarships Awarded SOLELY for High Grades and SAT/ACT Scores

Want to win a $1,000 scholarship? Sign up here. Are you just a good student looking for money for college? This list is for you. The scholarships below are awarded on the basis of your grades and test scores (SAT or ACT) only. It doesn’t matter how many extracurricular activities you’ve participated in. It doesn’t matter if you have won a bunch of awards. You don’t have to write an essay. If you’ve got the grades and scores, you will qualify for these awards. Many of the scholarships on this list are automatic and guaranteed which means that if you meet the required grade/score thresholds, you will be granted this aid money. Some require that students apply by a certain priority deadline and others are awarded on a first come, first serve basis and are limited in quantity. Either way, if you are looking for aid money, this is a great place to start. Find a scholarship on the list below where you meet the minimum requirements, and apply! You’ll have a great chance of getting merit money without the hassle of extra essays, long explanations of extracurricular activities, or recommendation requests. This is easy money.   Need a higher SAT score to qualify for a scholarship? Click Here   Alabama State University – Montgomery, AL Name of Scholarship: Presidential Academic Scholarship Value: Full tuition + fees + room + board + books Requirements: 3.76 GPA; 1170 SAT (CR+M) or 26 ACT   Name of Scholarship: Academic Excellence Scholarship Value: Full tuition + fees + books Requirements: 3.51 GPA; 1090 (CR+M) or 22 ACT   Name of Scholarship: Academic Incentive...
13 Colleges With No Tuition

13 Colleges With No Tuition

Want to win a $1,000 scholarship? Sign up here. Wouldn’t it be nice to go to a college where there was no tuition? Although no tuition colleges are becoming increasingly rare, there are still a handful of colleges that give every single student admitted a full tuition scholarship. Some of these schools still require students to pay fees, room and board, books, and transportation and some also require students to commit to working at an on-campus job, but in almost all cases, these colleges provide excellent value to all of their students. If your family can pay these additional expenses out of pocket, great, you’re good to go. If not, though, many of these colleges offer generous need-based scholarships and grants that can reduce any student payment obligation to close to nothing. Alice Lloyd College – Pippa Passes, KY Need-based admission: No Alice Lloyd College offers free tuition to students from 108 counties in Kentucky, Ohio, Tennessee, Virginia, and West Virginia. Students are required to pay for room and board ($6,740) and work 10-20 hours per week in on-campus jobs. Out of territory students are charged a total of $14,050 for tuition, room, board, and fees. Barclay College – Haviland, KS Need-based admission: No Barclay is a Christian college that awards full tuition scholarships for all students. Students are still responsible for room, board, and fees (amounting to approximately $11,000 in additional expenses). There is no work requirement. Berea College – Berea, KY Need-based admission: Yes Berea is a Christian college which awards every admitted student the Tuition Promise Scholarship which offers full tuition. As a part of the...