Category Archive: test taking

Mar 08

The NEW SAT Is Coming And It Looks More Like The ACT

Here are the highlights of the new SAT: ·         The content will be more closely aligned with the high school common core curriculum. ·         The essay section will be optional. ·         The essay section will be “analytical, evidence-based writing, an indisputably useful skill in college and career”. ·         There will no longer be a penalty …

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Feb 02

High School Grades Matter Most in College Admissions

A student’s high school record is the most important factor in college admission decisions, according to survey results released on January 30, 2014 by the National Association for College Admission Counseling. Click here for more on this topic.

Dec 01

Post-college exam seeks to determine employability

“We wanted to help colleges assess the kids,” he said. “We need to know how well students are learning, independent of their major field.” “As more research showed employers are interested in students with strong verbal communication, critical thinking and other practical skills, the council moved to create an exam to assess strength in these …

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Nov 10

The Importance of the Essays in the College Application

Are high school students more likely to be high achievers or independent thinkers? This is the question that many colleges are asking. “A small but growing number of select colleges have turned to off-kilter questions like that one, part of this year’s application to the University of Chicago, or like this one, from Brandeis University: …

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Aug 11

Sneak Preview: What the New SAT and ACT Might Look Like

Take a look at the possible overhaul of the SAT and ACT. Here are some of the highlights. Since he arrived at the College Board in October, Mr. Coleman has been working on a fundamental redesign of the SAT, which he announced in February. The test, he said, should focus on ‘things that matter more …

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Jul 18

Brandeis University joins as a test-flexible school!

As of July 1, 2013, Brandeis University has a “test-flexible” policy for U.S. residents seeking undergraduate admission. ACT/SAT scores appear to be optional. They state, (, We believe that offering greater flexibility in the admissions materials requirements will allow applicants to provide a better representation of their academic capabilities.  Visit other Score Optional schools at …

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Jun 09

NEW SAT and ACT Test Dates Announced for 2013-2014

Hot off the press!  Here are the anticipated 2013-2014 SAT and ACT Test Dates. Start planning now. Contact Dr. Rachelle Wolosoff of College Search Expert, LLC to discuss which testing options are best for you. Click on the following links: 2013 – 2014 College Admissions Testing Calendar – SAT 2013 – 2014 College Admissions Testing …

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May 06

College: A Journey or Destination?

Martha O’Connell, executive director of Colleges That Change Lives, says, “Too often the college search includes the flawed approach of using rankings that tout the statistics of the entering class, rather than focusing on what happens during the four years that students are enrolled.” See if you agree. Read more at this site:

Jan 14

How to Choose a College

This is an excellent NY Times opinion article on choosing a college. It offers lots of wisdom and information from which to learn. Here are some of the highlights: “And if she’s like most of my peers when I was her age, she’ll wind up picking one that gives her a sense of comfort, of …

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Jan 07

Did you know there are many colleges that are test-optional?

“At some schools, ‘test-optional’ may mean that students are not required to submit SAT or ACT scores. At others, eligibility to submit scores may depend on factors such as the student’s GPA. Applicants may also be required to meet alternative submission requirements such as graded papers or additional teacher recommendations. Bottom line: there’s a school …

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