SAT®/ACT® Score Required: Top Colleges Reinstate Testing Policies

On Feb. 5, 2024, Dartmouth College announced that it would return to requiring SAT® or ACT® test scores for college admission, basing its decision off the research by a faculty committee. In the weeks to follow, Yale, Brown, Purdue, UT-Austin, and others announced that they would also shift to test-required policies for the upcoming application

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How Many Times Should You Take the SAT® or ACT® Tests?

Many students do not reach a score goal after their first attempt at taking the national tests. Fortunately, you can take both the SAT® and ACT® tests more than once. But how many times should you take the tests? Now, the answer to that question is complicated, and it will depend on your unique circumstances,

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ACT® Vs. SAT® Test: What’s the Difference?

For someone new to the college admissions process, comparing the SAT® vs. ACT® tests can be like comparing apples to oranges. At a glance, the two seem very similar, but once you break down the tests further, you’ll notice a few important differences. Both of these tests are widely accepted for scholarship consideration and college

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SAT® & ACT® Test Dates: The Complete 2023-2024 Guide

You’ve been studying for long hours for the SAT® and ACT® tests, and by this point, you’re probably looking forward to taking the tests so that you can get going on the rest of your college prep activities. First, you’ll need to select your ideal SAT and ACT test dates. Remember that KD’s recommendation is

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11th Grade Guide: Preparing for the SAT®/ACT® Tests

During your final two years of high school, you’re likely looking forward to heading off to college (at last!) and pursuing your dreams for the future. But first, you still need to clear some test-taking hurdles. 11th grade is the time when we typically recommend most high school students should finish taking the SAT® and

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10th Grade Guide: How to Prepare for the SAT®/ACT® Tests

You only have three years left before you head off to college! Now is the time when you’ll want to ramp up your test prep activities by following smart testing tips for 10th graders. Even if you took the PSAT 8/9 test last year, you’ll want to take additional practice tests this year, as well.

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How To Start Preparing For the SAT® / ACT® Tests In 9th Grade

It’s officially your first year as a high schooler! Now that you’re out of middle school, you’re probably taking some time to explore your options for school sports and other extracurriculars, not to mention forging new friendships along the way. It’s undoubtedly a busy time in your life, but don’t forget that you’ll also need

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How Can I Prepare for the SAT® or ACT® Test at Home?

There are a variety of test prep methods you can turn to when getting ready for the SAT® and ACT® tests. The methods that address the questions of how to prepare for the SAT or ACT test at home can be customized to suit your own learning style, preferences, and needs. For example, you can benefit

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How to Study Vocabulary for the PSAT, SAT®, and ACT® Tests

Yes, the vast majority of this blog post is about vocabulary on the PSAT, SAT®, and ACT® tests. But bear with me for a few introductory paragraphs while I explain why I think a strong vocabulary is so important in general. Here’s the thing about vocabulary: The words we know shape our perceptions of the

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Should I Take Both the ACT® and SAT® Tests?

The college planning process can be stressful, and some families struggle with deciding which test to take. When it comes to college admissions testing in the U.S., there are two options: the ACT® test and the SAT® test. In most cases, students will submit scores from one of the tests alongside their college application. But

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