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History of the SAT and ACT
Interesting historical timeline charting development of the SAT and ACT from late 19th century to the present day.



Percentile Ranks
Arcane "Scaled Scores" actually don't matter; it's your (percentile) rank that counts on standardized tests.

ACT Percentile Ranks
National "ACT User" percentiles applied to 2017-18 score reports (based on 2015-17 test results).

SAT Percentile Ranks
See “SAT User” percentiles listed on pg. 5-6 of "SAT: Understanding Scores (2017)." To finely parse higher scores, see 2016 high-precision SAT percentiles

New SAT and ACT Concordance and Comparison
"Which test should I take?" Compass Education Group's comparison tool for deciding between the SAT and ACT.

New SAT and ACT Score Ranges for Popular Schools
"What's a good score?" Estimated 25th-75th percentile SAT and ACT score ranges for 360 popular schools.



The Critical Reader
Erica Meltzer's excellent SAT/ACT prep site. Go here for excellent advice and free study guides on tackling the reading, grammar, essay sections of each test.

SATQuantum and QuantumACTPrep
Video explanations for every math question on each published New SAT and ACT. Mahendra Dabral's excellent instruction is well worth the cost.

PrepScholar SAT/ACT Blog
Good advice on a huge variety of test prep topics and others pertaining to general college admission.


Proctored Tests

Compass Education Group: Practice Tests
“Dress Rehearsals” help! Compass offers proctored practice testing and customized reporting for: PSAT/SAT, ACT, SAT Subject Tests, SSAT/ISEE.

Swell Education Group: Practice Tests
Naomi Zell’s Swell Education also provides proctored practice testing with detailed score reports for students taking the SAT or ACT.


Hot Tips

To Raise Reading Scores ... Answer Fewer Questions
Why beat your head against a wall and waste a ton of precious time just to answer 3-4 super hard reading questions? Better to skip-guess these and move on!



Pay-to-play site makes it easy to learn new words and remember them. Specialized lists for GRE and SAT. Ingenious tools + spaced repetition = efficient learning.

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