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Testing Calendar for Juniors - Class of 2022

Last Updated on Nov 12, 2020 9:30:00 AM

Although many selective colleges have temporarily gone test-optional because of the pandemic, test-optional doesn’t mean “test-blind.” Not only will test-optional colleges consider your scores if you submit them, but submitting competitive scores that are well into a college’s mid-50% range for admitted students has the potential to improve your admission chances. For students who don’t submit scores, colleges will place far more emphasis on other crucial admission factors, such as your academic record, extracurricular commitment, essays, and recommendations. So, if you’d like to improve your potential for admission, here’s our advice about your junior-year testing calendar. This means YOU, members of the class of 2022:

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

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

Test Optional: To Submit or Not to Submit

Last Updated on Nov 10, 2020 10:07:13 AM

We’ve gotten several questions from students confused about test-optional and whether or not to submit scores to schools with November deadlines. Keep reading to hear what we propose.

Topics: ACT, SAT, Test Optional, COVID-19

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Topics: ACT, SAT, Test Optional, COVID-19

ACT Testing Sites Update for South Florida

Last Updated on Aug 27, 2020 12:50:51 PM

In light of all the recent ACT testing center cancellations, we wanted to reach out to you to make sure that your registration was up-to-date for the September ACT Exams. Below is a list of schools that are currently hosting the ACT exam for September 12th, 13th, 19th, and/or 20th. 

Topics: ACT, Test Optional, COVID-19

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Topics: ACT, Test Optional, COVID-19

New SAT and ACT Info: Additional Test Dates, Flexible Summer Test Schedule, and Testing From Home

Last Updated on Apr 18, 2020 2:55:04 PM

The College Board just postponed the June SAT, and also announced that it will offer one test every month from August to December, and that it will increase testing capacity for those tests dates. Priority registration will be offered to juniors who don’t yet have an SAT score and for those who previously registered for the June administration. It will also offer school-day testing in the fall and likely explore a test-at-home option similar to the upcoming AP exams.

Topics: Study Tips, ACT, College Admission, College Counseling, College Planning, SAT, Test Optional

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Topics: Study Tips, ACT, College Admission, College Counseling, College Planning, SAT, Test Optional

More Important Info on Upcoming Changes to the ACT

Last Updated on Nov 12, 2019 11:11:57 AM

 

Topics: ACT, ACT Changes, Computer Based Testing

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Topics: ACT, ACT Changes, Computer Based Testing

ACT Superscoring: Some Surprising Findings by the ACT

Last Updated on Aug 28, 2019 11:47:00 AM

Colleges have their own ways to view SAT and ACT scores when they’re comparing applicants for admission, and that’s particularly true when applicants have taken those tests more than once.

Topics: ACT, College Admission, superscore

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Topics: ACT, College Admission, superscore

The Most Effective Ways to Prepare for the SAT or ACT

Last Updated 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

Last Updated 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?

Last Updated 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?

Last Updated 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

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