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Is the SAT or ACT Essay Required or Recommended?

Last Updated on Aug 1, 2019 6:01:00 AM

These lists were compiled just before the 2019-2020 school year.
Because colleges can change their admission testing requirements during the school year,
it’s important that you double-check these requirements with each college to which you are applying.

Topics: ACT, Test-Prep, SAT

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Topics: ACT, Test-Prep, SAT

Our Advice on Whether to Complete the ACT or SAT Essay

Last Updated 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, ACT/SAT, SAT

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Topics: ACT, ACT/SAT, SAT

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

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

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

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

Colleges That Superscore the ACT

Last Updated on Jul 15, 2018 9:00:00 AM

 

Updated July 2018

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

Last Updated 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

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Topics: ACT, Test-Prep

What Works Well, What Doesn’t – Improving Learning and Test Scores

Last Updated 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, Test Scores, Educational Consulting, SAT

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Topics: ACT, Test Scores, Educational Consulting, SAT

Test Prep Provider For Saint Andrews

Last Updated 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

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