Category Archive: test taking

Feb 26

ACT Announces New Summer Test Date

“Starting in 2018, ACT will begin offering students the opportunity to take the ACT in the summer.  The first summer test date will take place in July, 2018 increasing the number of national ACT test dates from six to seven.”  Read press release by clicking here.

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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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 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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Dec 15

Better Ways To Learn

“Does a good grade always mean a student has learned the material? And does a bad grade mean a student just needs to study more? Mr. Carey offers students old and young a new blueprint for learning based on decades of brain science, memory tests and learning studies. He upends the notion that “hitting the …

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Jul 13

So What Is The Purpose Of The Standardized Test?

Are there long-term benefits of preparing for the SAT? Listen to this interesting interview with Advantage Testing Founder and President, Arun Alagappan. He discusses SAT testing on Bloomberg Television’s “Bloomberg Surveillance.” Is the SAT used to assess students, to prepare them for college, or for some sort of combination? Click here to read further and …

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Apr 20

NEW Info on the NEW SAT with Sample Questions

Would you like a glimpse of sample questions on the NEW SAT starting spring of 2016? Take a look by clicking here. For more details on the new SAT, click here.

Mar 23

Inside The Admissions Process…

Although this article is about the admissions process at George Washington University, it can generally apply to college admissions throughout the country. Listen to the conversation between admission officers. It can offer great insight. When I work with students, I am sure to advise them on how to maximize their options through an exceptional application. …

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