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The latest tips, tricks, and education to help you get into your top college.

Our Advice on Whether to Complete the ACT or SAT Essay

Posted on Jun 24, 2019 6:01:00 AM

A recent blog post by one of our fellow members of the Independent Educational Consultants Association (IECA) opened with this advice to other IECA members:

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

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

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

The Future of Bright Futures...Isn’t So Bright

Posted on May 16, 2019 11:28:00 AM

Many college-bound Florida students and their families take advantage of the state’s generous Bright Futures Scholarship program, which awards students a certain percentage of their tuition as determined by test scores, volunteer hours, high school curriculum and GPA. Currently, students scoring 1290 on the SAT or 29 on the ACT are eligible to receive 100% tuition and fees to attend one of Florida’s public institutions (UF, FSU, and the like) under the program’s Florida Academic Scholarship, assuming they meet the academic and volunteer requirements. The Florida Medallion Scholarship, a partial award consisting of 75% tuition and fees, is given to students who score 1170 on the SAT or 26 on the ACT and meet the academic and volunteer requirements. While the awards are sufficient to cover all or most of tuition and fees at a public university in Florida, they may also be applied to the tuition at private universities in Florida (University of Miami, for instance). High-achieving students are recognized for their hard work and can enjoy the benefits of a more affordable college education. However, a significant change to the program will adversely affect some students from the class of 2021 onward.

Topics: ACT/SAT, Investment, Bright Futures

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Topics: ACT/SAT, Investment, Bright Futures

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

Title I School Students Reap Rewards

Posted on Apr 8, 2019 6:11:00 AM

Two years ago, Dr. David Alfonso, principal at Palm Beach Lakes High School, approached Jason Robinovitz, one of the family owners of Score At The Top Learning Center in nearby Palm Beach Gardens. Dr Alfonso was looking for an experienced company that could create and lead a workshop for his students with the goal of improving their SAT Reading/Writing scores. A Title 1 school, Palm Beach Lakes High School has many students enrolled in intensive reading – students who find it a major challenge to pass the tests that not only allow them a ticket out of intensive reading class, but also pave the way for them to receive a high school diploma. 

Topics: ACT/SAT, Success Stories

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Topics: ACT/SAT, Success Stories

Cancelling an SAT or ACT Score

Posted on Apr 2, 2019 4:27:09 PM

ACT:

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. 

Topics: ACT/SAT, Score Cancellation

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Topics: ACT/SAT, Score Cancellation

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

SAT and ACT: What We Recommend for Sophomores - Score At The Top

Posted on Mar 5, 2019 6:32:00 AM

Year after year, the same crucial question is posed: “When should I start taking the SAT and ACT?” Our answer: “Early.” If you’ll complete Algebra 2 by the end of your sophomore year, then consider the June* ACT and August SAT at the end of your sophomore year. That leads to the next question:

Topics: College Admission, ACT/SAT, Test-Prep, sophomores

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Topics: College Admission, ACT/SAT, Test-Prep, sophomores

Apply for the Bright Futures Scholarship

Posted on Nov 12, 2018 9:15:14 AM

The Bright Futures Scholarship program rewards Florida high school graduates for their academic achievements – and isn’t need-based. Money is available for use at almost all undergraduate schools in the state of Florida.

Topics: Florida Public Schools, ACT/SAT, Investment, Bright Futures

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Topics: Florida Public Schools, ACT/SAT, Investment, Bright Futures

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

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