Category Archives: SAT and ACT

Keep testing in perspective

Over-emphasizing the ACT and/or SAT at the expense of academic achievement and other meaningful aspects of students’ lives can interfere with what genuinely matters to colleges. This article stresses how it is far more valuable in the long run to have … Continue reading

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A harder SAT?

There are good reasons for the high school class of 2017 (current sophomores) to take the ACT next year rather than the SAT. If you must take the SAT, plan to finish testing by January 2016, before the new, harder SAT … Continue reading

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The New SAT

Here’s an interesting read:  The history behind how David Coleman, president of the College Board, has used his position to overhaul the SAT and have it “better reflect what students should be learning in school.”

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Understanding the PSAT

Keep in mind that the “P” in PSAT stands for “preliminary” not “predictive.” The PSAT is best used as a diagnostic to help juniors pinpoint test-taking strengths and weaknesses and prepare for future testing. Here’s how to get the most … Continue reading

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SAT, ACT or…both?

Not a single college requires it, but many applicants to the nation’s most selective colleges are taking and submitting scores from both the ACT and the SAT. Interestingly, most wind up doing about as well on one test as on … Continue reading

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Test-Optional Admissions

The test optional movement is growing each year, resulting in more and more colleges moving away from requiring standardized tests as part of their admissions process. As of spring 2013, there are close to 850 four-year colleges that de-emphasize or … Continue reading

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What PSAT Scores Mean

The PSAT is best used as a diagnostic to help juniors determine areas where they may need help on the actual SAT. This helpful article explains how to interpret PSAT scores and use them to launch your college search.

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SAT or ACT?

Virtually all colleges will accept either the SAT or the ACT to fulfill their testing requirements. Some of the most elite schools in the country, including Amherst College, Brown, Duke, Johns Hopkins, Pomona College, Tufts, University of Pennsylvania, Wesleyan and … Continue reading

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SAT: Common Questions

The SAT has undergone some significant changes over the last 5 years, and with these changes have come misinformation. What is score choice? What to do about subject tests? This helpful article answers some common SAT and ACT questions.

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