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The New Digital SAT (DSAT) is Here: Everything You Need to Know.

Posted 2023-05-26

The College Board is in the process of transitioning the SAT exam to an all-digital format, starting with the March 2023 International SATs, then continuing on to the Fall 2023 PSATs—and finally the March 2024 US SAT and beyond. The new "DSAT" is 1 hour shorter and section-level adaptive, meaning that some test-takers will see different questions. Keep Reading

The New GMAT Focus Edition is Here: Everything You Need to Know

Posted 2023-05-20

The new GMAT Focus Edition arrives in late 2023 / early 2024. It's one hour shorter, has no essay, Sentence Correction, or geometry, is scored from 205-805, and the IR section—now called "Data Insights"—counts toward your composite score. You can even go back and change up to 3 answers! Section sub-scores will range from 60 to 90. Keep Reading

53 Official SAT PDFs & List of 92 Official ACT PDF Practice Tests (Free)

Posted 2023-05-07

Free links to over 75 official SAT ("QAS") and PSAT exams—including 53 SATs in the current format—and a comprehensive list of 92 released, official ACT ("TIR) practice exams, going all the way back to the 1990s. Keep Reading

What happened to Khan Academy—and is the SAT Getting Harder in 2022? (Spoiler: Yes)

Posted 2023-01-03

Part A : Revising my formerly sunny position on Khan Academy's utility for SAT prep. Part B : Yes, the SAT is increasing in difficulty over time. Keep Reading

The 2023-2024 edition of the GMAT OG (Official Guide) will be released on June 7, 2023.

Posted 2023-05-20

The 2023-2024 GMAT Official Guide is finally on the way—albeit nearly a year late. Keep Reading

SAT and ACT test dates, 2022-2023 Academic Year

Posted 2022-06-01

Here's my handy guide to all the SATs and ACTs scheduled for the upcoming 2022-23 academic year. Print it out and stick it on your wall or fridge as motivation! Keep Reading

How to Fix The College Board's SAT Leakage Problem

Posted 2022-02-21

If the College Board truly cares about the pervasive leakage of non-released, SAS (Student Answer Service) SAT exams, then it has three good options from which to choose : 1) write a new test every time, 2) switch to a computer exams in a controlled testing center, especially internationally, where exam forms are often re-used, and/or 3) openly release every leaked SAS exam to to the public. Keep Reading

SAT and ACT score calculator: estimate your score based on your perceived performance

Posted 2021-11-10

Use this nifty SAT and ACT score calculator to estimate your test score, based on your perceived performance. Keep Reading

PSAT Score Release Dates 2021 — and how to use a VPN to get your scores one day early.

Posted 2021-12-06

PSAT scores will be released to students by the College Board on December 6th and 7th, 2021, depending on where in the US you live. However, you can use a VPN (Virtual Private Network) to fool the College Board website into thinking you are in a different location, thus allowing you to view your scores on 12/6 no matter where you live. Keep Reading

The scoring curve on the real GMAT is different from that of the GMAT Official Practice Exams.

Posted 2021-10-05

Yes, the 6 GMAT Official Practice Exams (each of which can be reset twice) are the most realistic practice exams on the market. However, the scoring of these exams is less reliable, and most test-takers will find the real GMAT to be a bit harder, especially on the high end of scores. Keep Reading

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