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Information about the New SAT Exam

Is the New SAT More Reading Intensive?

We recently came across this interesting piece by the New York Times regarding the New SAT’s  increased focus on the verbal/reading side of academics. While it’s true there is a longitudinal incorporation of English across the test, overall, we feel like the exam … Continue reading

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UPDATE 2: 2016 National Merit Semifinalist Cutoff Score for Texas – NEW ESTIMATE

Based on an analysis of nearly 10,000 students, Testmasters has updated our prediction for the National Merit Semifinalist cutoff score in Texas to be as high as 219. To understand how we got this number, you first need to understand how … Continue reading

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What to Expect on the Revised SAT: Writing

If you’re taking the SAT before March 2016, you’ll be asked to write a two page essay that makes a completely one-dimensional argument supporting a yes or no answer to a vaguely philosophical question. In fact, one of the most … Continue reading

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What to Expect on the Revised SAT: Math

The College Board claims that the Revised SAT Math will “require a stronger command of fewer, more important topics.” Considering that I personally managed to get two liberal arts degrees without ever having to demonstrate my ability (or lack there … Continue reading

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What to Expect on the Revised SAT: Reading

The Revised SAT Evidence-Based Reading (that’s a mouthful) will include five(ish) passages: one Literature based passage, two History/Social Studies passages, and two Science passages. Similar to some passages on the current SAT, one of the passages in the Science and/or … Continue reading

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The SAT Shape-Shifts Again!

OK, since the revision of the SAT is a pretty major topic in college admissions right now, I probably didn’t have to use a crazy title to get you to read about the New SAT, but how else was I going … Continue reading

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Ask Test Masters: International Student Applying to the Ivy League

Ask Test Masters is a free educational service offered by the college admission experts at Test Masters. College Compass readers Arman and Mandy have a question about applying to competitive US schools as an international student. They write, “We are … Continue reading

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New SAT – The New Essay

The essay section of the SAT has been controversial ever since it was added in 2005. To this day, many colleges choose not to consider it when looking at the applications of prospective students, and perhaps not without reason. One … Continue reading

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5 More Ways the New SAT is Actually Harder

You may have heard that College Board is redesigning the SAT for 2016. You may also have heard that they’re “dumbing it down” or making it easier. The main reason for this impression seems to be that College Board is … Continue reading

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5 Ways the New SAT is Actually Harder

You may have heard that College Board is redesigning the SAT for 2016. You may also have heard that they’re “dumbing it down” or making it easier. The main reason for this impression seems to be that College Board is … Continue reading

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