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Background

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

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Scoring

Comparing SAT and ACT Scores: Which Test Should I Take?
Compass Education Group's helpful comparison tool for deciding between the SAT and the ACT.


2018 ACT/SAT Concordance
Official
tables listing equivalent test scores on the ACT vs. New SAT (1600) vs. Old SAT (2400) vs. Older SAT (1600). See: Guide to the 2018 ACT/SAT Concordance.

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.

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Blogs

The Critical Reader
Erica Meltzer's outstanding SAT/ACT prep site. Great advice and free study guides to help tackle the reading, grammar, essay sections of each test.

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

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

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Proctored Tests

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

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

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Other

Calculator Policies: SAT and ACT
SAT and ACT policies regulate the types and models of calculators allowed for use in solving math problems on standardized tests administered by each organization.

2015-16 Changes to the SAT and ACT
PrepScholar article breaks down for posterity the major and minor changes to the SAT and ACT brought about during the 2015-16 academic year.

Kaplan: SAT vs. ACT
Essential info and short questionaire helps students decide which test to choose. *Note: the only way to know for sure is to take sample tests and compare scores.

Magoosh SAT Resources
omprehensive list of articles offering tips and prep advice relevant to the Redesigned SAT (current since March, 2016).

Summary of Erica Melter's Reading Method
Excellent list of 10 tips comprising super tutor Erica Meltzer's approach to reading comprehension testing.

membeam
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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