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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

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, Private-School, Educational-Consulting

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Topics: ACT, Private-School, Educational-Consulting

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

Colleges That Superscore the ACT

Posted on Oct 30, 2015 12:00:00 AM

 

Updated October 2015

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

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Topics: ACT, Test-Prep

How to Establish a Testing Calendar in Light of the New SAT

Posted on Oct 20, 2015 10:57:00 AM

 

In view of the redesigned SAT, I have altered the advice I typically give students about their junior-year testing calendar

Redesigned SAT:

This test will be administered for the first time in March, 2016. March and May tend to be the two most popular times for juniors to take their first SAT. While College Board has released only four full-length tests to use in preparation for the new test, Khan Academy has myriad practice questions on its website. To create a Khan Academy account, click here). In addition, Score At The Top has been hard at work creating new test prep strategies and materials to help you prepare for the new test.

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

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

SAT & ACT Essay – Both Optional Beginning in March 2016

Posted on Aug 21, 2015 2:23:00 PM

Some colleges, such as Columbia and Brown, require the ACT essay for the class of 2016, but won’t be requiring the SAT or ACT essay for the class of 2017. The rationale seems to be consistency: because the current SAT includes a required essay, some colleges require the optional ACT essay. Because the SAT essay will be optional starting in March, some colleges are already revising their SAT/ACT essay requirements for the class of 2017.

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

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

Press Release: Score At The Top Chosen as a Test Prep Provider for Saint Andrews

Posted on Aug 19, 2015 10:12:00 AM

 

Score At the Top is pleased to announce that it will be conducting an ACT test preparation course at the Saint Andrews School in Boca Raton.

Tailored to the needs of participating St. Andrews students, the 27-hour program (eighteen1.5-hour classes) will make use of actual ACT tests and Score At The Top’s proprietary ACT strategy guide.

Topics: ACT, Test-Prep

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Topics: ACT, Test-Prep

Examicide? Trouble in SATville and ACTville

Posted on Aug 3, 2015 4:31:00 PM

 

Over the past decade, we have heard strange rumblings from the college haunted house on the hill. That’s the building that contains all the schools who have opted out of requiring the sacred admissions test scores (ACT and SAT) as part the application process. Who’s up there? There are over 800 of them ― predominantly smaller schools, institutions outside the mainstream of “brand name” colleges and universities that most people know about. But there are a few on the hill whose names are on people’s lips, and to that group we can now add George Washington University in our nation’s capital. Surely one of the best known universities to join the movement against admissions tests, GW announced that it will no longer require applicants to submit SAT or ACT scores.

Topics: ACT, SAT Test, ACT/SAT, Test-Prep, Educational-Consulting

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Topics: ACT, SAT Test, ACT/SAT, Test-Prep, Educational-Consulting

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