Tag Archive: college tests

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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Dec 07

What Parents Can Do To Foster A Lifetime Love Of Learning-Are you doing enough?

Over the many years I have been consulting with students, the one thing that is often the missing ingredient to their admissions prospects and lifetime goals, is a love of learning. The focus tends to be on grades to the almost exclusion of pure curiosity and learning for its own sake. A love of learning …

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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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May 05

How Do You Begin The College Process?

Here is a Question and Answer Series that I author for Local Luxuries. This month I was asked the following question. “How do we know where to start with college applications? It’s very intimidating these days and I’m concerned because I want my son to have lots of college choices. Is there anything I can …

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Mar 30

How Will Top Colleges Use The Redesigned SAT?

“Did you hear the latest? XYZ University won’t be accepting the current SAT for the class of 2017 (current sophomores). It’s making that class take the redesigned SAT! I’m having my child switch to the ACT, so we have more college options. What are you going to do?”  Click here to read more.

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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Nov 15

Confessions Of An Application Reader- UC Berkeley

“A HIGHLY qualified student, with a 3.95 unweighted grade point average and 2300 on the SAT, was not among the top-ranked engineering applicants to the University of California, Berkeley. He had perfect 800s on his subject tests in math and chemistry, a score of 5 on five Advanced Placement exams, musical talent and, in one …

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Nov 02

To Send Or Not To Send–Supplemental Documents

To send or not to send supplemental documents–that is the question. Tufts has put together a quite interesting flow chart of how they see it. It’s worth taking a look by clicking here.

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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