Score At The Top Blog

The latest tips, tricks, and education to help you get into your top college.

Bright Futures Scholarship Update 2019

Last Updated by Jason Robinovitz on August 21, 2019

Florida Senate Bill 190, dealing with higher education, became effective on July 1 of this year and makes several changes to the Bright Futures Scholarship program. Among the most important of them are:

Topics: ACT/SAT, Test-Prep, Bright Futures

Read More

Topics: ACT/SAT, Test-Prep, Bright Futures

Our Advice on Whether to Complete the ACT or SAT Essay

Last Updated by Jason Robinovitz on June 24, 2019

A recent blog post by one of our fellow members of the Independent Educational Consultants Association (IECA) opened with this advice to other IECA members:

Topics: ACT, ACT/SAT, SAT

Read More

Topics: ACT, ACT/SAT, SAT

The Most Effective Ways to Prepare for the SAT or ACT

Last Updated by Jason Robinovitz on June 3, 2019

The most effective way to prepare for the SAT (and the ACT, for that matter) is to start early because doing so opens up opportunities that diminish and disappear as time passes. An early start gives you time to take multiple SAT practice tests; identify areas of weakness and what, in particular, to study in order to improve; and to take multiple actual SATs (see below for why we suggest at least three) on a convenient schedule that’s unavailable to late-starters.

Topics: ACT, ACT/SAT, SAT

Read More

Topics: ACT, ACT/SAT, SAT

The Future of Bright Futures...Isn’t So Bright

Last Updated by Jason Robinovitz on May 16, 2019

Many college-bound Florida students and their families take advantage of the state’s generous Bright Futures Scholarship program, which awards students a certain percentage of their tuition as determined by test scores, volunteer hours, high school curriculum and GPA. Currently, students scoring 1290 on the SAT or 29 on the ACT are eligible to receive 100% tuition and fees to attend one of Florida’s public institutions (UF, FSU, and the like) under the program’s Florida Academic Scholarship, assuming they meet the academic and volunteer requirements. The Florida Medallion Scholarship, a partial award consisting of 75% tuition and fees, is given to students who score 1170 on the SAT or 26 on the ACT and meet the academic and volunteer requirements. While the awards are sufficient to cover all or most of tuition and fees at a public university in Florida, they may also be applied to the tuition at private universities in Florida (University of Miami, for instance). High-achieving students are recognized for their hard work and can enjoy the benefits of a more affordable college education. However, a significant change to the program will adversely affect some students from the class of 2021 onward.

Topics: ACT/SAT, Financial Aid, Bright Futures

Read More

Topics: ACT/SAT, Financial Aid, Bright Futures

SAT vs ACT: Which Test Is Right For You?

Last Updated by Jason Robinovitz on April 24, 2019

It’s back…. The SAT, that is. For the first time in seven years, more students are taking the SAT than the ACT, a surge in popularity attributed to the SAT’s alignment with the Common Core and its last makeover to appear more like the ACT. Indeed, both tests share about 80% of content spanning the four major areas tested (math, science, reading, and writing). However, some key differences remain – as do questions about the importance and relevancy of college admission testing.

Topics: ACT, College Admission, ACT/SAT, SAT

Read More

Topics: ACT, College Admission, ACT/SAT, SAT

SAT and ACT: What We Recommend for Sophomores

Last Updated by Jason Robinovitz on March 5, 2019

Year after year, the same crucial question is posed: “When should I start taking the SAT and ACT?” Our answer: “Early.” If you’ll complete Algebra 2 by the end of your sophomore year, then consider the June* ACT and August SAT at the end of your sophomore year. That leads to the next question:

Topics: College Admission, ACT/SAT, Test-Prep

Read More

Topics: College Admission, ACT/SAT, Test-Prep

Apply for the Bright Futures Scholarship

Last Updated by Judi Robinovitz on November 12, 2018

The Bright Futures Scholarship program rewards Florida high school graduates for their academic achievements – and isn’t need-based. Money is available for use at almost all undergraduate schools in the state of Florida.

Topics: Florida Public Schools, ACT/SAT, Financial Aid, Bright Futures

Read More

Topics: Florida Public Schools, ACT/SAT, Financial Aid, Bright Futures

Should I Take the SAT or ACT Essay?

Last Updated by Jason Robinovitz on July 16, 2018

We're asked this question all the time, ultimately, it depends on where you're applying. Thanks to our friend Cignas Vanni for compiling a fairly comprehensive list of schools that require or recommend submitting an essay from the SAT/ACT. FYI, as far as colleges go, "recommend" means "require." Without further adieu, here's the list:  

Topics: ACT, ACT/SAT, SAT

Read More

Topics: ACT, ACT/SAT, SAT

Colleges that Do NOT Superscore the SAT

Last Updated by Judi Robinovitz on August 17, 2017

What is the SAT Superscore?

We’ll briefly explain SAT Superscore and how it works. 

As an example, let’s assume that you took the SAT three times and obtained the following scores:


Topics: Test Scores, ACT/SAT, superscore, SAT

Read More

Topics: Test Scores, ACT/SAT, superscore, SAT

Even Brighter Futures for Florida High School Scholars

Last Updated by Jason Robinovitz on May 5, 2017

In an attempt to reward some of the top Florida high school students and to help retain those students for college, the Florida State Senate recently passed the "Excellence in Higher Education Act". The bill is currently working its way through the Florida State House of Representatives. If passed, it would substantially increase "Bright Futures Scholarship" awards to Florida college students. 

Topics: ACT/SAT, Test-Prep, Educational Consulting

Read More

Topics: ACT/SAT, Test-Prep, Educational Consulting