How to Prepare for the Redesigned PSAT

College Board is pushing out its redesigned PSAT in October of 2015. While there are some differences in the redesigned PSAT, our advice on how to prepare hasn’t changed. Step 1 – Download a practice test from, https://collegereadiness.collegeboard.org/psat-nmsqt-psat-10/practice/full-length-practice-test. Step 2 – Score it. How many easy questions did you miss? Rework these questions immediately. How many medium questions […]

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Avoid End of the Year Burnout

The end of the year is always a hectic time, especially for juniors. Don’t freak out! Here are some tips to help you get through all of the tests and tribulations that await you from April until June: 1. Set up your testing schedule. You should make sure you have a clear calendar with everything […]

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How to Choose SAT or ACT, a 3 Step Guide

How to Choose SAT or ACT, a 3 Step Guide

Should I take the SAT or ACT? It’s a question we answer every day at Hammer Prep. Here’s our answer. It depends. But finding the right test is really simple. Step 1 – Take a diagnostic SAT and ACT. You can download each test from their respective websites (collegeboard.org and act.org). Make  sure to take each […]

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How to Pick SAT Subject Tests

Which Subject Tests should I take?  When should I take them?  Is 9th Grade too early to start? Picking which SAT Subject Tests to take is challenging, but with this quick guide you should have no problem. Step #1 – Decide if you need to take SAT Subject Tests. Check if schools on your college […]

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How to Understand Your PSAT Score Report

Several parents have already contacted me regarding PSAT scores…in other words, started to panic. By now, most of you have probably glanced at your PSAT Score Report and immediately opened up another browser tab. The report, while aiming to be helpful, is filled with lots of testing jargon and complicated scaled scores. Here is my short version of […]

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5 Steps to Improve Reading Comprehension

While this plan works for all student levels, it is especially geared towards students starting in the 400s. We’ve helped many students push through the 500 threshold over the years, but it’s never easy. Reading is a skill and most students scoring below 500 (that’s below 50 on the PSAT), haven’t logged the practice hours. […]

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Are My SAT Scores Good Enough?

After you take the SAT or ACT, you wait for agonizing days until the scores come back… and then what? It’s hard to decide whether or not to take the SAT over again, and that’s not even considering the opportunity cost of giving up your Saturday morning of cereal and cartoons. So, do you need […]

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Best SAT Prep Material

When it comes to preparing for the SAT, there is only one book we recommend for all students. It’s published by College Board and filled with 10 practice tests. All tests include questions from old SAT exams. It should keep you entertained for more than 40 hours. 🙂 Here it is. The Official SAT Study […]

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Does the PSAT Matter?

Short answer: Probably not. Long answer: The PSAT is a preliminary qualifying test for certain scholarships. A fact you may not know is that the score you are required to get to become a semi-finalist depends on your geographical location. Usually the score is around 210-220, which corresponds to a 2100-2200 on the SAT (the […]

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