Category Archive: SAT

Dec 10

College Board To Offer More Accommodations For Students With Disabilities, ELLs

“The College Board announced on Thursday that it would make it easier for students with disabilities to request test accommodations… The College Board and its competitor, ACT Inc., have increasingly faced criticism—and questions from the U.S. Department of Justice—for testing practices that put students with disabilities at a disadvantage compared to students without disabilities. Now, …

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Nov 13

Colleges are paying to get personal information on students — here’s how they’re using it to make admissions decisions

“Just as companies pay for consumer data to make informed decisions, it turns out, colleges and universities do the same, according to a report by non-partisan think tank New America.,,, The report also explained how colleges rank students based on this data. Admissions teams individually score students’ likelihood of becoming an applicant, being admitted, and …

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Sep 10

Subject Tests Lose Favor for Colleges

Should you take the SAT II (Subject Tests) or not? “Several top New England colleges have joined a growing number of schools nationally that no longer require applicants to submit scores from SAT subject tests, saying the specialized exams lend little insight into students’ readiness and can work against low-income and minority students…. Although the …

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May 15

Why Your New SAT Score Is Not As Strong As You Think It Is

This is an important article about the new SAT. “Many college-bound students across America are celebrating this week what appear to be impressive results from the revised SAT. But in general the scores are not as strong as they seem at first glance.”  Read more by clicking here.

Mar 06

I Said We’d Never Hire A College Admissions Adviser. Then We Did.

“As I watched my friends with teenagers begin the college search process, I quietly judged those who hired a college admissions adviser. Certainly the admissions process is hard, but hiring someone to help your kid through the process? That’s something that “those” parents do, and we were not going to be those parents. Those are …

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Feb 28

SAT Brings Anxiety And Confusion

“If you haven’t heard, the SAT, a test that drives fear into the hearts of many high school students across the country, is getting more than a facelift. It’s undergoing the biggest changes in 10 years, perhaps the most dramatic overhaul ever of one of the main exams used by colleges and universities in determining …

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Jan 17

Can You Trust Your PSAT Score?

Jed Applerouth of Applerouth Tutoring writes a very thoughtful analysis of your 2015 PSAT score. Interestingly, he writes, “…but the College Board has very little incentive to ‘fix’ any inflated percentiles. If students feel like they are doing better on this test than on the ACT, they may elect to take the New SAT in …

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Jan 10

What PSAT Scores Make The Cut For National Merit in 2016?

“Now that PSAT scores have been received, the question that most people want answered revolves around the cutoff scores for National Merit Semifinalist standing. In other words: What is the minimum score that will qualify me to be a National Merit Semifinalist? This is certainly an immensely significant cutoff, mainly due to the benefits and …

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Oct 20

2016 SATs Will Put Stronger Emphasis on Graphic Literacy

The New Design of the SAT in more than a decade! “Along with other updates, test takers of the March 2016 exam will encounter graphics not only in the math section as in past years but also in the reading and writing and language portions. Students will be asked to interpret information presented in tables, …

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Sep 07

Why Are Colleges Really Going Test-Optional?

This is a very interesting article about the ever increasing number of colleges going test-optional. So why are they doing this? “The question is: Beyond the admirable goal of wanting to reach more traditionally underrepresented students, why else would schools go test-optional? ‘No. 1,’ says Burd, getting more applications ‘allows schools to then reject more …

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