If you’re a finalist for the National Merit Scholarship Program, you used to have the SAT forced on you. But big news: you can now validate your qualifying PSAT score with an **ACT** score! Let me explain how that impacts the testing decisions of high-achieving students.

# How Do You Cancel Your ACT Score?

SHOULD you cancel is one question (and I’ve written about it!), but once you’re sure you want to, there’s another question: HOW do you cancel your ACT score? This post walks you through it step by step.

# "Should I Cancel My SAT or ACT Score?"

There are new and helpful options for how to cancel your SAT or ACT score. But don’t get carried away, because there’s a really important question you should ask yourself before you take advantage of them: SHOULD you cancel your score? Let me walk you through the decision the way I’ve helped my students tackle it.

# Baby Algebra: A Conclusion

We’ve reached the end of our baby Algebra upgrade series at long last! In this final post, I’m showing you a trick that upgrades your baby Algebra skills and scores you points on the SAT. And you definitely haven’t learned in math class—or in any of your test-prep books!

# Baby Algebra Upgrades: Inequalities and Absolute Values

We’re starting to wind up our baby Algebra upgrades, but before we do, don’t forget about Inequalities and Absolute Values! Lots of people do—but not the SAT Math test makers, so listen up.

# Baby Algebra Upgrade: How Many Solutions Does A System Of Linear Equations Have?

We’ve covered a lot of ground in this Baby Algebra series! Now that you’re working with linear equations and *systems* of linear equations, I’m going to teach you a little shortcut to solving—or even skip having to solve!—some of the problems the SAT will throw at you on this topic.

# Baby Algebra Upgrade: How To Recognize Systems of Linear Equations

You might not know the math you think you know! This week, in my series teaching you to beat the SAT math paradox, I’m showing you how to recognize systems of linear equations…even in disguise. If you can spot these subtle systems, you can solve problems quickly and easily that might otherwise have stumped you.

# Baby Algebra Upgrade: How To Recognize (And Actually Understand) A Linear Equation

In the first post of my new series upgrading your baby Algebra skills to the level that will let you snag all the points available on the SAT, we’re covering the foundation: what are linear equations, anyway, and what do they actually mean? Need answers? Read on!

# The Math Paradox: Why The Easiest Math On The SAT and ACT Is The Hardest

There’s this paradox I’ve noticed: it’s never the hardest math that stands between my students and the scores they need to get into their dream schools. As strange as it might sound…it’s usually the EASIEST math. Why, and what can YOU do to prevent this math paradox from hurting your score? In this post, I’m explaining how to level up your “baby Algebra” with the help of my new series.

# How To Answer A “Big Picture” Reading Question On The ACT Or SAT

Both the SAT and ACT ask these “big picture” reading questions, so lots of tutors and test prep companies try to prepare you to answer them. In this post, I’m reviewing the strategies that you’ve probably heard before…and sharing the simple and effective one that works for my students, which I bet you haven’t!

# The Most Comprehensive Transition Word Guide You'll Ever Find

Transition words are a big deal on the SAT and ACT! But what are they and how do they work? Here’s the most complete guide to transition words you’ll find.

# The Ivy Lounge Test Prep Punctuation Cheat Sheet

In the first post of a new series walking you through the highest-impact content you need to master for SAT and ACT reading and writing sections, I’m walking you through punctuation! What punctuation rules are absolute need-to-knows for test day? Read on!

# Is the College Board Going Down?

The College Board has had some high-profile problems in the last couple of years. So is this it for the SAT (and the SAT IIs…and AP exams…)? In my expert opinion, not even close—here’s why.

# The ACT’s New Extended Time Policies: What You Need To Know

The ACT is changing its policy on timing for National Extended Time students. I’m walking you through exactly what this means for you if it affects you—how it changes your test day and whether it changes your test choice.

# How To Get Back in the Test Prep Groove After a Break

In my last blog post, I told you how new testing schedules means that you don’t get a break unless you schedule one. Breaks are necessary, but getting back in the groove after one can feel like a real obstacle. Here’s how to find the momentum you’ve lost.

# There Are No Breaks in Test Prep Now (Unless You Plan Well)

New SAT and ACT dates means that college applicants don’t have the enforced summer break that they used to. This makes testing-timeline decisions EVEN MORE COMPLICATED (hey, thanks!). I’m breaking down the factors you need to consider to keep your sanity (and maybe even plan that break in there after all).

# Ace Vocab in Context Questions...the Ivy Lounge Way

Vocab in Context Questions pop up on several sections of the SAT AND the ACT. Learning how to answer them will net you a big point payoff. Follow these four simple steps to ace them…the Ivy Lounge way.

# So You Skipped the June ACT...Now What?

The June ACT date used to be an absolute must-take. New test dates mean that’s not true anymore…for SOME students. Which students have my blessing to skip it, and what should you do if you’ve already chosen to sit out the June ACT? I’m breaking it down.

# So You Skipped the June SAT...Now What?

The June SAT date used to be an absolute must-take. New test dates mean that’s not true anymore…for SOME students. Which students have my blessing to skip the June SAT, and what should you do if you’ve already chosen to sit it out? I’m breaking it down.

# The Complete IVY Lounge SAT II Math 1 and Math 2 Cheat Sheet

What could make my SAT II Math 1 and Math 2 study guides even more helpful? This COMPLETE Ivy Lounge SAT II Math Cheat Sheet!