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“My Kid’s Been Cheating? No Way!”…But What If It’s True?

Last Updated by Jason Robinovitz on June 15, 2021

Based on our personal and corporate experiences, the data, and published statements from students, it’s highly likely that the correct answer is, “Way.” The perfect crime needs motive, means, and opportunity, and there’s never been a more perfect confluence of the three relative to cheating as the one that was created by Covid-19.

The answer to “So, what?” is that the act of cheating raises important issues for students, the vast majority of whom will be back in classroom environments next fall and no longer able to use the opportunities for cheating in online testing environments.

Topics: Cheating, Virtual School

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Topics: Cheating, Virtual School

SAT & ACT – Summer Readiness Fall Preparedness

Last Updated by Jason Robinovitz on June 14, 2021

With summer just about here in South Florida, we at Score At The Top have already started working with students to help them recover last year’s courses or get a head start on next year’s core schedule. And because late summer and early fall test dates are just around the corner, we’ve also opened enrollment for our summer SAT and ACT workshops! The relatively relaxed summer months are a great time to prepare. Below, you’ll find some of our tips for testing plans and for academic preparation at all grade levels to help you take advantage of the summer break.

Topics: ACT, ACT/SAT, SAT

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Topics: ACT, ACT/SAT, SAT

Are You Taking the SAT or ACT Without Studying? Think Again!

Last Updated by Judi Robinovitz on June 4, 2021

Parents and students often ask us: Is taking the SAT or ACT without studying okay? Isn’t it good practice for next time?

Our answer is always the same: No! Test day is not the time to show up blind. Even if you plan on taking the test numerous times and even if you feel confident in your testing ability, it’s just not worth the risk.

Topics: ACT, ACT/SAT, SAT

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Topics: ACT, ACT/SAT, SAT

SAT and ACT Prep: 10 Essential Tips to Ease Test Anxiety

Last Updated by Judi Robinovitz on June 1, 2021

Sitting for an SAT or ACT amid nervous students, serious proctors, and loudly ticking clocks can unnerve even the steadiest student. Suddenly, your heart is beating out of your chest, your palms are sweating, and you have a strong inclination to jump up and run out of the room. But wait! You take a deep breath, thankful that in addition to all your studying, memorizing, and strategizing, you also took time to prepare yourself emotionally by arming yourself with valuable tools like the ones you’ll find in this article.

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4 Best PSAT Test Prep Tips

Last Updated by Judi Robinovitz on May 28, 2021

Many students wonder if they should prepare for the PSAT, which, by virtue of its name, is a “preliminary” or practice test. Certainly, if you are taking it in your freshman or sophomore year, the main goal is to get a feel for the test and an approximation of how you might perform on the SAT. These “baseline” scores can help you set your college admission goals and give you an indication of how much more you may need to prep for the SAT or ACT. In junior year, however, the PSAT/NMSQ holds more weight, because that score is the best predictor of your junior SAT score. In addition, your performance may qualify you for National Merit Scholarship recognition, can provide a scholarship for college and make you a standout on your college applications.

Topics: Test-Prep, PSAT

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Topics: Test-Prep, PSAT

10 Best ACT Test Prep Tips and Tricks

Last Updated by Judi Robinovitz on May 27, 2021

So, you’ve decided that the ACT is your test. You prefer its straightforward approach and sense that you can handle the quicker pace, as well as the math and science knowledge it requires. Now it’s time to start prepping!

Topics: ACT, ACT/SAT, Test-Prep, Tips

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Topics: ACT, ACT/SAT, Test-Prep, Tips

Top 20 SAT Tips and Tricks to Prepare for the Exam | Score At The Top

Last Updated by Judi Robinovitz on May 26, 2021

So you’ve decided to conquer the SAT as part of your college admissions game plan. That means it’s time to start preparing and practicing – now. You’ll find lots of great overall information and advice for preparing for standardized tests in our Ultimate Guide to Preparing for College Entrance Exams.

Topics: Test-Prep, SAT

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Topics: Test-Prep, SAT

Your Guide To Preparing for College Entrance Exams in 2021

Last Updated by Judi Robinovitz on May 26, 2021

We get it. The mere mention of standardized tests might make you cringe and shudder. You’ve got enough to do with schoolwork and extracurricular activities – how will you find time to prepare for college entrance exams that may determine your future?

Topics: ACT, Test-Prep, PSAT, SAT

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Topics: ACT, Test-Prep, PSAT, SAT

3 Reasons Scores Still Matter at 'Test-Optional' Colleges

Last Updated by Judi Robinovitz on May 5, 2021

In the wake of a “year like no other,” the numbers are starting to trickle in and we’re learning more about how the widely implemented test-optional policies affected admissions. Already, the data bear out what we’ve been telling our students all along: it’s in your best interest to submit a competitive score in the optimal range of your top-choice school. Here are our top three reasons for this advice:

Topics: College Admission, ACT/SAT, Test Optional

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Topics: College Admission, ACT/SAT, Test Optional

When Less Is More...

Last Updated by Judi Robinovitz on April 29, 2021



For most high school juniors, spring semester is a busy season filled with events and exams. Often, students are beginning to make college plans that include scheduling the SAT and/or ACT, even in this “test-optional” era. The process of registering for one of these tests is easy enough: go to CollegeBoard.org or ACT.org, and click on the test registration link. Answer a few questions, ask for mom and dad’s credit card, and you’re all set. However, before you register for a test date, a few words of wisdom….

Topics: ACT, ACT/SAT, Test-Prep

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Topics: ACT, ACT/SAT, Test-Prep