Lauren Gaggioli

Lauren Gaggioli

Lauren Gaggioli is a #2 Pencil Nerd. (At least, that's what her dad nicknamed her in high school because she actually enjoyed taking tests.) After eight years working as a private test prep tutor, Lauren founded Higher Scores Test Prep, an online SAT and ACT prep company. She is also the host of The College Checklist Podcast, a weekly podcast about all things college admission. Lauren continues to take the SAT and ACT today and enjoys the experience just as much as she did in high school!


If you retake the SAT does the higher score replace the lower score or do they average the two scores?

The way in which your SAT score is calculated depends upon the college you're applying to; however, averaging scores is not a common practice for undergraduate admission exams. read more

Are standardized test prep courses worth it?

Here are three student-centric reasons why I truly believe that test prep is a valuable part of the college admission processread more