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Author: Rachel Kapelke-Dale

Rachel is one of Magoosh’s Content Creators. She writes and updates content on our High School and GRE Blogs to ensure students are equipped with the best information during their test prep journey. Rachel has helped students around the world prepare for various standardized tests, including the SAT, ACT, TOEFL, GRE, and GMAT, and she is one of the authors of our Magoosh ACT Prep Book. Rachel has a Bachelor of Arts in Comparative Literature from Brown University, an MA in Cinematography from the Université de Paris VII, and a Ph.D. in Film Studies from University College London. For over a decade, Rachel has honed her craft as a fiction and memoir writer and public speaker. Her work has appeared in over a dozen online and print publications, including Vanity Fair Hollywood. When she isn't strategically stringing words together at Magoosh, you can find Rachel riding horses or with her nose in a book. LinkedIn

Rachel Kapelke-Dale

Does the SAT Curve Really Exist? How the Scoring Actually Works

We’ve all been there: the teacher announces that your super-difficult test was (drumroll, please…) graded on a curve! And so, when students start studying for the SAT, they often ask: Is the SAT curved? However, the SAT is never graded on a curve—and this is actually good news for test-takers! What Does It Mean to […]

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ACT Scores: Everything You Need to Know

ACT scores range from a low of 1 to a max score of 36. Overall, ACT test scores are the average of test-takers’ sectional scores (also 1-36) in English, Math, Reading, and Science. So what is a good ACT score? The ACT score range for students admitted to different colleges varies, and the average ACT score is 20.8. However, various factors will affect what a “good” ACT score is for you.

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Should I Take an ACT Diagnostic Test?

Find out why you should take an ACT diagnostic test, why it’s important, and what you can learn from it to get your best score.

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What Should You Major In? Take the Quiz

Of all the many decisions you make in college (scheduling no classes before 10am, eating exclusively breakfast cereal for a month), picking your major is one of the most exciting and stressful. While your major is important in certain career paths more than others, it definitely will impact the rest of your college career. It’ll […]

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How to Get into the University of Rochester: SAT and ACT Scores, GPA and More

If you’re looking for a friendly community feeling to your college—but also want the resources of a big research university—the University of Rochester might be a great fit. With stellar academics, Rochester is also the sixth largest employer in New York, giving you a sense of its size! Renowned for everything from it’s a cappella […]

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AP Literature Quiz: Are You Ready for Test Day?

When it comes to tests, the APs aren’t fooling around. There’s so much they can do for you (free college credits, anyone?) that the stakes can feel impossibly high. But if you’ve found your way here, you’re already on track to ace your AP Literature exam! Sure, it’ll take some prep, but it’ll be totally […]

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How to Get into George Washington University: SAT and ACT Scores, GPA and More

Have you been watching old episodes of West Wing with more than a tinge of envy? George Washington University might be for you. If the name didn’t already give it away, George Washington University is in Washington, D.C., and has an excellent reputation in political science (among other areas). Located near the State Department, GW’s […]

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Should You Accept Early Decision to College? Take the Quiz

You’ve just opened your email and found out that you’ve been accepted early decision to college—congratulations! But while early decision offers are a #blessing for a lot of students, they can also be a huge source of stress. Yes, you’re guaranteed admission, but are you tying yourself down to a school you’re not sure about […]

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How to Get into Baylor: SAT and ACT Scores, GPA and More

How do you know if Baylor University is the right place for you? First, take a look at its reputation and what unites its student body. Then, find out more about Baylor admissions and see if your profile makes the school a good fit for you! In Waco, Texas, Baylor is a Baptist university known […]

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Where Should I Study Abroad? Take the Quiz

We get it: sometimes you just want to go exploring! But wanting to study abroad and choosing where to study abroad are two different things. There’s literally a whole world out there full of adventures just waiting to be had. Fear not! Magoosh has put together a quiz to help you decide, “Where should I […]

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