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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, ACT/SAT, SAT

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Topics: ACT, ACT/SAT, SAT

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

Last Updated 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, Financial Aid, Bright Futures

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Topics: ACT/SAT, Financial Aid, Bright Futures

SAT vs ACT: Which Test Is Right For You?

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, College Admission, ACT/SAT, SAT

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

Title I School Students Reap Rewards

Last Updated 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

Last Updated on Apr 2, 2019 4:27:09 PM

ACT Scores:

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?

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, ACT/SAT, Bright Futures, Scholarship, SAT

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

SAT and ACT: What We Recommend for Sophomores

Last Updated 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

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

Apply for the Bright Futures Scholarship

Last Updated 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, Financial Aid, Bright Futures

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Topics: Florida Public Schools, ACT/SAT, Financial Aid, Bright Futures

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, ACT/SAT, SAT

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Topics: ACT, ACT/SAT, SAT

Benefits of Professional Test Prep

Last Updated on Oct 19, 2017 5:34:48 PM

In the very midst of focused preparation for college entrance testing (ACT and SAT), it’s rather easy for student (and anxious parent) to lose sight of a bigger picture.
 
We have in mind the benefits that accrue from guided, methodical practice for the big tests. What are these benefits? They’re wrapped up in our three-word title. First, effective test prep produces an effective, active reader. That’s a student who’s engaged in such a way as to maximize retention.
 
One natural outcome of active reading is stimulation of thought – of thoughtfulness and connection making, two essential components of learning. In the stressful environment of testing, there’s hardly anything more important than the ability to weigh, measure, and consider cause and effect of ideas. Think.

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

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

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