Understanding the UC’s Elimination of the SAT/ACT Requirement

Published Wednesday, June 3, 2020 by Briant Sarris

Before you prematurely shred your SAT/ACT prep books in celebration, there are a few things you should know about this decision and its consequences for you.  2021-2022 Admissions will be Test-Optional Optional is just another word for unnecessary, right? Not exactly. For many students, this change will mean just business as usual.  Test-optional means that for both the high school graduating classes of 2021 and 2022, the SAT/ACT are no longer required for college admissions, but submitted scores are still looked at and considered during the admissions process. SAT/ACT scores that you do submit are… Continue Reading

Everything you need to know about the SAT

Published Monday, February 24, 2020 by Mariah

Have you always been dreaming of taking the SAT? Or are you just blindly following what your peers have decided to do? Either way, you need SAT preparation classes to score well and secure your dream schools. But, where to get proper SAT prep classes? At Excel Test, we offer effective SAT prep courses with actual questions and a simple plan that is easy to follow. Apart from SAT preparation classes, here is everything that you need to know about the SAT.  Duration of the test – SAT exam is of 3 hours without the… Continue Reading

What is the difference between the SAT and the PSAT?

Published Thursday, January 16, 2020 by Mariah

You must have heard about the SAT as well as PSAT. They seem quite similar, but what do they really mean? What is the difference between them? Let’s learn all about them here! Here are some of the key differences between the SAT and PSAT: Objective The first significant difference is the objective behind each test. The SAT is required for college admissions. The PSAT, while not required, is almost equally important because a high score can get you National Merit Scholarships or recognition as a Semi-Finalist, which looks excellent on your college application! The… Continue Reading

STANDARDIZED TESTING: COLLEGE ADMISSIONS

Published Tuesday, October 15, 2019 by Tifinie

SAT and ACT When colleges are looking for new students, they review applicant profiles in search of the best of the bunch to make up their student body.  Of course, the most reputable colleges usually get the cream of the crop, aiming to enroll the most talented students they can find.  The rest of the students then disperse into various universities and local colleges. Which students are the most talented?  How do colleges decide?  Colleges use various tools when evaluating eligible students.  Every student that applies will submit an application package providing crucial information about… Continue Reading

PERFECT SAT Score and Scholarship Student!

Published Thursday, October 10, 2019 by Temi

Monta Vista High School junior Siya Digra is one of Excel Test Prep’s most recent perfect scorers, and we couldn’t be more thrilled about it! After a long string of ACT champions, Siya has stepped forth to take her rightful place among our SAT hall of famers. To celebrate her accomplishment, we invited her to come to our office for an interview, and as part of our getting-to-know-you process, Siya answered a few questions for us beforehand, sharing with us the process leading up to her SAT exam success. Siya began her prep journey with… Continue Reading


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