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The Most Effective Ways to Prepare for the SAT or ACT

Posted on Jun 3, 2019 11:38:00 AM

The most effective way to prepare for the SAT (and the ACT, for that matter) is to start early because doing so opens up opportunities that diminish and disappear as time passes. An early start gives you time to take multiple SAT practice tests; identify areas of weakness and what, in particular, to study in order to improve; and to take multiple actual SATs (see below for why we suggest at least three) on a convenient schedule that’s unavailable to late-starters.

Topics: ACT, SAT Test, ACT/SAT

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Topics: ACT, SAT Test, ACT/SAT

SAT or ACT: Choose Wisely – Part 1

Posted on Apr 24, 2019 8:57:35 AM

It’s back…. The SAT, that is. For the first time in seven years, more students are taking the SAT than the ACT, a surge in popularity attributed to the SAT’s alignment with the Common Core and its last makeover to appear more like the ACT. Indeed, both tests share about 80% of content spanning the four major areas tested (math, science, reading, and writing). However, some key differences remain – as do questions about the importance and relevancy of college admission testing.

Topics: ACT, SAT Test, College Admission, ACT/SAT

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Topics: ACT, SAT Test, College Admission, ACT/SAT

Will Bright Futures Grow Dim for Some Florida Students?

Posted on Apr 1, 2019 4:08:32 PM

On March 6th, the Florida Senate Committee on Education unanimously approved a Senate bill (SB 190) which changes Bright Futures Scholarship (BFS) awards. There are still legislative hurdles to overcome before it could be presented to the governor for his signature, but its unanimous, bipartisan passage in committee strongly suggests that it – or something closely comparable – will eventually become law.

Topics: ACT, SAT Test, ACT/SAT, Bright Futures, Scholarship

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Topics: ACT, SAT Test, ACT/SAT, Bright Futures, Scholarship

Should I Take the SAT or ACT Essay?

Posted on Jul 16, 2018 2:24:00 PM

We're asked this question all the time, ultimately, it depends on where you're applying. Thanks to our friend Cignas Vanni for compiling a fairly comprehensive list of schools that require or recommend submitting an essay from the SAT/ACT. FYI, as far as colleges go, "recommend" means "require." Without further adieu, here's the list:  

Topics: ACT, SAT Test, ACT/SAT, Essay

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Topics: ACT, SAT Test, ACT/SAT, Essay

Colleges That Superscore the ACT - Score At The Top

Posted on Jul 15, 2018 9:00:00 AM

 

Updated July 2017

While there are many schools out there that super-score the SAT, the list of schools that super-score 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.

Topics: ACT, Test-Prep, Concordance, superscore

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Topics: ACT, Test-Prep, Concordance, superscore

Changes to the ACT 2018

Posted on May 22, 2018 4:05:15 PM

Yesterday, ACT notified us about testing changes taking effect this coming September that will impact many of our students —perhaps making some consider taking the June or July test. There are two significant changes.

Topics: ACT, Test-Prep, ACT Changes

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Topics: ACT, Test-Prep, ACT Changes

Death from College Cost Sticker Shock…and How to Avoid It: Part 2

Posted on Apr 24, 2018 9:47:27 AM

We closed Part 1 of this blog post by saying that Part 2 would be up-coming soon and would cover one of the most important ways to reduce college costs even more – by improving scores on standardized tests. So, here’s Part 2.

Topics: ACT, Test Scores, College Admission, ACT/SAT, College Planning, Financial, Investment

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Topics: ACT, Test Scores, College Admission, ACT/SAT, College Planning, Financial, Investment

What Works Well – and What Doesn’t – for Improving Learning and Test Scores - Score At The Top

Posted on Apr 12, 2017 2:00:00 PM

In a January 2013 report titled Improving Students' Learning With Effective Learning Techniques: Promising Directions From Cognitive and Educational Psychology>1, researchers, after examining 10 learning techniques, presented their findings about which were more effective…

Topics: ACT, SAT Test, Test Scores, Educational-Consulting

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Topics: ACT, SAT Test, Test Scores, Educational-Consulting

Tell Me You’re Kidding: ACT Tells Colleges WHAT? (Part II)

Posted on Feb 15, 2017 8:01:00 PM

In Part I of this series, we laid out the problem with ACT’s four free score reports included in the “base” price of the testing. ACT’s reporting method might have an unfavorable impact on your college applications. And we promised we’d tell you what to do about that problem in Part II.

Topics: ACT

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Topics: ACT

Tell Me You’re Kidding: ACT Tells Colleges WHAT? (Part I)

Posted on Feb 13, 2017 5:00:00 PM

Imagine there’s somebody you want to ask out on a very special date – maybe to the prom – but you find out that you’re no better than his/her fourth choice. Not particularly flattering or encouraging, is it? Having found out, are you more likely or less likely to ask that person to go out on that date?

Topics: ACT, Private-School, Educational-Consulting

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Topics: ACT, Private-School, Educational-Consulting

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