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Helping Your Child Improve Executive Function Skills | Score At The Top

Last Updated by Susan Kehl on July 28, 2022

You may be scratching your head – executive function skills?  Taken literally, the term seems to refer to something beyond a child’s immediate realm, and hardly something that needs improvement now.  Wouldn’t ‘executive’ function skills be better suited to briefcase-carrying corporate professionals? Actually, everyone would benefit from improved Executive Function Skills – especially children. 

Topics: Executive Function Skills

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Topics: Executive Function Skills

4 Tips for Crushing Your Online Classes | Score At The Top

Last Updated by Jason Robinovitz on July 8, 2022

In the past, online classes were primarily geared toward college students who worked full-time or high school students attending virtual schools. However, the COVID-19 pandemic made online classes a norm for students across the country. As a result, many schools are adding more online courses and programs to their curricula.

Topics: online classes

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Topics: online classes

Escalating Applications & Admissions Selectivity | Score At The Top

Last Updated by Judi Robinovitz on May 30, 2022

We’ll cut to the chase. This post of ours has very important directions that will affect your college application planning. Take heed by following this advice:

Topics: College Counseling

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Topics: College Counseling

Are Smart Phones Invading Our Minds? | Score At The Top

Last Updated by Susan Kehl on May 30, 2022



We’re surrounded. There’s no escape. Smart Phone Zombies are everywhere. In fact, you’re probably one yourself. Let’s face it – most of us are. Smart Phone Zombies – people who stare into their phones in a hypnotic state – are barely aware of life going on around them. Many people even believe that cell phones inhibit our ability to focus and pay attention. So, how can we slay the zombie within and reclaim our focus? More importantly, how can we help our children do it?

Topics: Trends

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Topics: Trends

The Value of Test Preparation

Last Updated by Guest Contributor on May 4, 2022

Standardized tests are a fact of life, ranging from educational assessments in schools to the SAT to a driver’s license test to professional certifications. And as long as there are standardized tests, there will be test prep for one simple reason: it works. After all, these aren’t IQ or intelligence or aptitude tests, they’re simply tests of acquired skills. And skills can be acquired and refined through practice. Effective test preparation, therefore, provides many benefits beyond the content knowledge and test-taking strategies that manifestly lead to a higher test score.

Topics: Test-Prep

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Topics: Test-Prep

The Digital SAT: The SAT is Changing – AGAIN!

Last Updated by Judi Robinovitz on February 4, 2022

It’s another one of those “Just when you thought it was safe to go into the water” moments. The College Board has skipped the idea of printing future SAT’s on bamboo paper…and is planning on going all-digital, instead! Heads up, sophomores and juniors – you should be fine… but freshmen and younger students need to be AWARE!

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Better Returns than Buffet's: The Bright Futures Scholarship

Last Updated by Jason Robinovitz on October 3, 2021

Are you wondering how does Bright Futures Scholarship works? Let us explain.

We understand that Return On Investment can go hand-in-hand with risk: no pain, no gain. But how would you respond to a proposed investment of $2,000 that could result in saving between $19,759 (a 957% return on your money) and $30,528 (a 1,526% return on your money) over roughly four years? While this investment isn’t risk-free, it is low risk, assuming you have a student willing to work hard and follow instruction. Simply put, this investment is in test preparation for the SAT and ACT! When paired with a motivated student (and the right test-prep tutor), the result is a hefty scholarship from Florida’s Bright Futures Scholarships (BFSs).

Topics: ACT/SAT, Test-Prep, Financial Aid

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Topics: ACT/SAT, Test-Prep, Financial Aid

Cancelling an SAT or ACT Score

Last Updated by Jason Robinovitz on September 30, 2021

ACT Scores:

You have the right to permanently remove a test score from your ACT record. From the ACT’s perspective, students own their scores, and may send the scores or delete them as they please (as long as those tests were not used to document participation in State and District Testing). Weeks or months or years after receiving an ACT score that falls below your expectations, you have the right to delete that testing record from your portfolio of ACT tests. The process is referenced on the ACT Test Scores page in response to the question, “Can scores be cancelled?” Here’s what it says online:

Topics: ACT/SAT, Score Cancellation

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Topics: ACT/SAT, Score Cancellation

Colleges That Superscore the ACT

Last Updated by Judi Robinovitz on July 29, 2021

 

What is an ACT superscore?

A superscore is the selection of your best scores. For example, let's say you took the ACT three times and received the following scores:

  1. English 27, Math 28, Reading 29, Science 25 = Composite 27
  2. English 28, Math 31, Reading 28, Science 26 = Composite 28
  3. English 27, Math 30, Reading 28, Science 30 = Composite 30

The colleges listed above would cherry pick your best scores for their super-score:

  • English 28, Math 31, Reading 29, Science 30 = Composite 30

As you can see, the super-score is better than any one of the tests. The sum of the parts are greater than the whole! And, more good news, obtaining your super-score is easier than ever. Previously, you needed to self-calculate your super-score, then send score reports from each testing date to colleges super-scoring the ACT. Now, ACT provides its own super-score report. Curious what it looks like? Here’s a sneak peek:

You’ll notice that the recalculated composite super-score appears along with the individual section scores and dates from which it was generated. Included in your super-score report are all scores from the single test with the highest composite score, and the composite and section scores from the tests used to obtain your super-score. You’ll access your super-score report in the same way you’d find the results from any ACT by logging into your myactstudent.org account and accessing your scores. Remember that you’ll only see a superscore after you’ve taken the ACT two or more times.

While there are many schools out there that superscore the SAT, the list of schools that superscore the ACT is much smaller. To aid you in search for information, we have compiled a list (with the help of fellow consultants at IECA) of many of the schools that super-score the ACT. While the list does not cover every single college in the US, it is fairly comprehensive.

Want to learn about the Superscoring the SAT? Check out our blog post on Colleges That Do NOT Superscore the SAT

 

Topics: ACT, Test-Prep, Concordance, superscore

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Topics: ACT, Test-Prep, Concordance, superscore

The 5 Best Foods to Eat Before a Test and Other Helpful Tips

Last Updated by Jason Robinovitz on June 25, 2021

Most people experience some amount of stress when taking a test - which is often why they choose to get tutored in the first place. According to Brain Connection, the increase in standardized testing may actually be adding to the level of stress many students experience in the classroom. Excessive stress can be harmful in a variety of ways, including reduced test scores.

This makes proper diet all the more important for students facing important exams. When your student is focused, well-nourished, and satisfied, they can focus on the task at-hand far better. 

Topics: Test-Prep

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Topics: Test-Prep