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University Parent produces institution-specific guides in partnership with universities across the U.S. for parents of college students. 

Presently the following guides are available : 

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The Year 2017

In it’s latest issue Forbes Magazine predicts the future of education and other important things affecting our lifestyle.
About education it’s staff reporter ” Maureen Farrell”  predicts 5 future trends in USA education
The Big Trend – the microsoft 
initiation into public schools will be a trensetter.
The Unconventional Wisdom – Top schools like( Ivies )- may also have to use innovative ways to get bright students.
The Misplaced Assumption – Testing–both in lower grades and the SATs–will become less relevant barometers of achievement.
The Watch List – Corporations will follow Microsoft example of investing in public education and gain business development
The Bold Prediction  – Teachers will be paid on merit.

SAT & ACT Score Comparison


(To see the table click the headline of the article)

SAT & ACT Score Comparison

Here is how it is interpreted by

Princeton Review.

College Board (pdf)

Princeton Review Chart is given below:
The chart below contains comparative scores for three tests.
It is important to note that a student that scores well on the ACT is not guaranteed to have similar success on the SAT and vice versa. (Scores between the Current SAT and the New SAT should be consistent.)

For example, say a student earns an ACT composite score of 31; colleges will view this score as being in the same range of a 1360 – 1400 on the SAT.

But it does not mean the student will actually earn that score if he took the SAT. This relationship is merely a way of looking at the competitive equivalent of the two tests, and is not meant to be a predictor of student performance.

If you scored
Current SAT
or a
it’s about the same as
36 1600 2400
35 1560-1590 2340
34 1510-1550 2260
33 1460-1500 2190
32 1410-1450 2130
31 1360-1400 2040
30 1320-1350 1980
29 1280-1310 1920
28 1240-1270 1860
27 1210-1230 1820
26 1170-1200 1760
25 1130-1160 1700
24 1090-1120 1650
23 1060-1080 1590
22 1020-1050 1530
21 980-1010 1500
20 940-970 1410
19 900-930 1350
18 860-890 1290
17 810-850 1210
16 760-800 1140
15 710-750 1060
14 660-700 1000
13 590-650 900



Schools That Do Not Use SAT or ACT Scores for Admitting

Fair Test a non profitable organization encouraging schools to discard the use of SAT / ACT for their admission process
This is a list of over 800 schools and includes accredited, bachelor-degree granting colleges and universities that deemphasize the use of standardized tests by making admissions decisions about substantial numbers of applicants who recently graduated from U.S. high schools without using the SAT or ACT. Some schools exempt students who meet grade-point average or class rank criteria while others require SAT or ACT scores but use them only for placement purposes or to conduct research studies. Please check with the school’s admissions office to learn more about specific admissions requirements, particularly for international or non-traditional

A Complete list of schools is given HERE

All You Need to Know About The Changes In SAT

(Hit the headline of the article to see the table)

How does the new format compare to the old format?

Aspect Previous SAT New SAT
Time 3 hours of testing, plus two breaks 3 hours and 45 minutes of testing, plus three breaks
Math Two 30-minute sections, one 15-minute section Two 25-minute sections, one 20-minute section
Verbal / Critical Reading Two 30-minute sections, one 15-minute section Two 25-minute sections, one 20-minute section
Writing Does not exist One 25-minute essay section, one 25-minute multiple choice section, and one 10-minute multiple choice section
Experimental One 30-minute section One 25-minute section

How is the new test scored?
Math, Critical Reading, and Writing are now scored on a scale of 200 to 800. The highest possible combined score has changed from 1600 to 2400.

How did the Math sections change?
Eliminated: Quantitative comparisons
Retained: Multiple-choice questions, student-produced responses, Algebra I and Geometry content

Added: Algebra II content

How did the Verbal sections change?
Renamed: Previous “Verbal” sections are now called “Critical Reading”
Eliminated: Analogies

Retained: Sentence completions and long reading passages

Added: Short reading passages

What do the Writing sections contain?
A 25-minute essay scored on organization, development of ideas, and language usage and three types of multiple-choice questions. The latter tests grammar and conventions of standard written English: identifying sentence errors, improving sentences, and improving paragraphs.

For more information, visit The College Board Online

SAT Subject Test Requirement

3 SAT Subject Tests Required

Franklin Olin College of Engineering
Georgetown University
Harvard and Radcliffe Colleges
Massachusetts Institute of Technology
McGill University
Princeton University

2 SAT Subject Tests Required

Amherst College
Barnard College
Boston College2
Boston University
Brandeis University
Brown University
Bryn Mawr College
California Institute of Technology
Carnegie Mellon University
Columbia University
Connecticut College
Cooper Union School of Engineering
Cornell University
Dartmouth College
Duke University
Harvey Mudd College
Haverford College
Pomona College
Rice University
Swarthmore College
Tufts University
University of California, Berkeley
University of California, Davis
University of California, Irvine
University of California, Los Angeles
University of California, Merced
University of California, Riverside
University of California, San Diego
University of California, Santa Barbara 
University of California, Santa Cruz
University of Pennsylvania
University of Virginia 
Vassar College
Washington and Lee University
Wellesley College
Wesleyan University
Williams College

3 SAT Subject Tests Recommended

Case Western Reserve University 
Johns Hopkins University
Northwestern University

2 SAT Subject Tests Recommended

Babson College
Davidson College
Hampden-Sydney College
New York University
Occidental College
Providence College
Skidmore College
Smith College
Stanford University
University of Delaware
American University

SAT Subject Tests Considered

Bard College

Bates College

Beloit College

Bowdoin College

Bucknell University

Colby College

Colgate University

College of the Holy Cross

Colorado College

Emory University

George Washington University

Goucher College

Hamilton College

Ithaca College

Kenyon College

Macalester College

Middlebury College

Mount Holyoke College

Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute

Tulane University

University of Chicago

University of Notre Dame

University of Rochester

University of Texas, Austin

Wake Forest University

Washington University in St. Louis

Whitman College

Worcester Polytechnic Institute

In some Colleges if  an ACT score is submitted, subject Tests may not be required.

Tips for Taking SAT

You don’t really have to read the whole essay for the reading comprehension section if you don’t want to. It is sufficient just to read the first and last paragraphs and the first sentence of every paragraph in between. That pretty much gives you the gist of the essay.

You don’t really have to do the math problems. All you need to do is plug the answer choices into the question until you come up with a correct response.

If you don’t know, leave it blank. You get more points off for a wrong answer than a blank one. Unless of course you can narrow it down to two choices. Then you can just guess.

(use these at your own risk)