Top Tier Colleges that Don’t Require the SAT

[fa icon="calendar'] 1/15/19 8:45 AM / by George Wigington


If test-taking isn’t your strong suit, have no fear! Below I have listed five prestigious colleges that do not require you to submit your standardized test scores as well as a comprehensive list of test-optional colleges.
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Are You a Poor Test Taker? Here's How to Do Well on the SAT/ACT

[fa icon="calendar'] 12/10/18 4:12 PM / by Cameron Devall

The developments in education in recent years have been phenomenal. Classrooms have gone from lecture halls to spaces that engage all types of learners. Thanks to Neil Fleming’s VARK model of Student Learning, we have now understood that students learn in different ways, so why isn’t their knowledge being assessed in different ways as well.

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GPA vs Standardized Testing - Which Weighs More Heavily?

[fa icon="calendar'] 11/9/18 12:30 PM / by Julia de Raadt

 Students often ask whether GPA or standardized test scores are more important, especially in the case that they have a strong GPA but a lower SAT/ACT or vice versa. Will a low test score ruin my chances of getting into my college of choice? 

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Junior Journeys: Overcoming Test Anxiety, Part 2

[fa icon="calendar'] 3/28/18 12:00 PM / by Sonya Gurwitt

We’ve all had the experience of being nervous before a test, but sometimes the stress and anxiety can start to interfere with your performance on the test itself. This is called test anxiety (see part one of this post for more information on what test anxiety is and some preliminary ways to overcome it). Luckily, there are plenty of concrete ways to get over test anxiety and help you stay calm during the many important standardized tests you’ll take junior year!

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Junior Journeys: Overcoming Test Anxiety, Part 1

[fa icon="calendar'] 3/24/18 2:00 PM / by Sonya Gurwitt

Junior year is full of standardized tests—SATs, ACTs, SAT IIs, APs—but whatever the acronym, even the thought of sitting for hours filling in tiny scantron bubbles with a number two pencil can be enough to make your palms sweat.

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Junior Journeys: How Many Times Should You Take the SAT?

[fa icon="calendar'] 3/20/18 12:00 PM / by Christina Le

Taking the SAT exam can be a self-esteem crushing, nerve-wracking part of the college admissions process. It’s definitely not designed to be a walk in the park, and consists of three math, reading, and writing sections, approximately a four hour interval to complete these sections, and a score posted online that can seem like the end of the world.

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What to Do Before Your First SAT

[fa icon="calendar'] 3/12/18 6:00 PM / by Josia Yuan

For many high school juniors, this time of year is when they will experience the College Board’s official SAT for the very first time. While it may be a bit stressful and nerve-racking to take this first step into your journey of college application, Synocate is here to help guide your way through the process. If you are nervous about an upcoming SAT test, use the following tips to better prepare for it:

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Guides: 3 Quick Strategies for SAT Success

[fa icon="calendar'] 3/11/18 12:00 PM / by Amanda Orbuch

Boost your chances of success on the SAT with these three quick tips.

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Senior Strategies: Should You Load Up on AP Tests Senior Year?

[fa icon="calendar'] 3/2/18 12:00 PM / by Andy Wang

A common dilemma that each high school senior faces around this time of the year is senior year AP testing and whether they should be taking more AP tests their last year in high school. 

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Junior Journey: How to Improve Test Taking Skills for Those Who Struggle

[fa icon="calendar'] 10/31/17 5:06 PM / by Natalie Thompson

Do you wish you were able to get a top score on every test? Some people can easily do well on standardized tests while others really struggle. If you do poorly on tests, there are strategies that can help.

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SAT Subject Tests

[fa icon="calendar'] 10/25/17 4:34 PM / by Andy Wang

By the time it has reached senior year, the majority of applicants will have already taken the SAT or ACT to send to colleges. However, schools have begun to require their applicants to take SAT subject tests to supplement these test scores.

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Why Take SAT II Tests?

[fa icon="calendar'] 10/23/17 6:08 PM / by Natalie Thompson

When you prepare for college, you take the ACT or SAT test. If you like taking tests, then adding more tests, like AP or IB exams, to your college prep schedule seems like an exciting challenge.

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What is the PSAT/NMSQT?

[fa icon="calendar'] 10/11/17 4:41 PM / by Rashi Jindani

It is always a good idea to know what a test is before you take it. Since PSAT season is in full swing, I thought it would be a good idea to explain what the point of this test is supposed to be.

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How to Study for Each Subject of the ACT

[fa icon="calendar'] 10/6/17 2:28 PM / by Martha Collins


The ACT is composed of four subjects: English, Math, Reading, Science. Most students find that they consistently struggle in one particular area. I, for example, frequently scored poorly in the science section. 

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How to Study for the SAT’s

[fa icon="calendar'] 10/4/17 1:24 PM / by Niko Mann


Getting into college isn’t easy, and if you aren’t great at talking tests, you may be nervous about taking your SAT’s. Confidence can make a huge difference in your SAT scores, and the only way to feel confident taking exams is by knowing what to expect and to be certain in your abilities. Studying the right information and practicing taking the SAT’s will help you to do well on the real thing.

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