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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

SAT Subject Tests in August - Score At The Top

Last Updated on Jul 26, 2017 10:00:00 AM

With the College Board’s new summer SAT test date (August 26th) comes an intriguing gambit for high school students who plan to apply to more competitive colleges (and even to those that may not be considered so competitive): taking up to three of the College Board’s 1-hour Subject Tests offered on that date.

Topics: Essays, College Admission, College Planning, Educational-Consulting, Subject Test

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Topics: Essays, College Admission, College Planning, Educational-Consulting, Subject Test

Even Brighter Futures for Florida High School Scholars - Score At The Top

Last Updated on May 5, 2017 9:00:00 AM

In an attempt to reward some of the top Florida high school students and to help retain those students for college, the Florida State Senate recently passed the "Excellence in Higher Education Act". The bill is currently working its way through the Florida State House of Representatives. If passed, it would substantially increase "Bright Futures Scholarship" awards to Florida college students. 

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

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

Information On New Summer SAT Test - Score At The Top - South Florida

Last Updated on Apr 26, 2017 9:30:00 AM

With the January SAT test date a thing of the past, the College Board is now offering a new “summer” SAT.

Most everyone we know in college admissions thinks it’s a good idea, given the college application schedule that students must set for themselves as they approach the senior year.

An August date gives rising seniors the opportunity to take the SAT at least one more time – way before even the early decision/early action deadlines. Before this year, juniors often chose to either test twice in the spring or wait until October or November of senior year to retest. You can still do that, but the August test is opening eyes to a really favorable new option.

Topics: Common Application, Tutoring, Educational-Consulting

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Topics: Common Application, Tutoring, Educational-Consulting

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, SAT Test, Test Scores, Educational-Consulting

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Topics: ACT, SAT Test, Test Scores, Educational-Consulting

3rd Grade State Testing: Do You Know About the Portfolio Option?

Last Updated on Nov 18, 2015 12:00:00 AM

 

If your third grader is a struggling reader, you may be on pins and needles about the upcoming FSA (Florida State-wide Assessment) in the spring. Worrying about whether or not your child will pass the standardized test creates stress at home and in school. Assisting your child with weekly tutoring is one option. There’s also another that your local school may fail to share with you.

Topics: College Planning, Educational-Consulting

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Topics: College Planning, Educational-Consulting

EFS - What's that? - Score At The Top

Last Updated on Nov 13, 2015 11:19:00 AM

None (zip, zilch, ninguno): That’s how much EFS you had at the moment you were born. And if you didn’t have some now, you wouldn’t have gotten out of bed this morning, because you couldn’t have planned how to do it, and you wouldn’t be reading this right now.

EF skills are controlled in a very small area in the right-front section of your brain – and we know that you’ve got one of those (a brain) or you wouldn’t be reading this – and they get better (in normal people, anyway) until sometime in the early to mid-20’s. Because you’re not there yet, your EFS aren’t as good now as they’re going to be, but you can still use them to very good effect and start making your life better right now.

Topics: Educational-Consulting

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Topics: Educational-Consulting

Examicide? Trouble in SATville and ACTville - Score At The Top

Last Updated 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

A Controversy that Never Goes Away: Testing - Score At The Top

Last Updated on Mar 10, 2015 12:00:00 AM

 

Florida has been awash in standardized testing for years. For over a decade, the FCAT has reigned in public schools, and this year students will see FCAT’s replacement, created by AIR (American Institute for Research), a D.C.-based company that beat others out for the lucrative state testing contract.

Since No Child Left Behind became federal law, every state has been required to test every child every year in third through eighth grade in math and reading, plus once in high school. And districts have added tests in addition to state-mandated ones. For schools in Florida, state tests are tied to consequences for districts, schools and teachers as well as students. Districts are adding on benchmark, practice and interim tests, and that's how they get these multiplying and ballooning requirements. The Council of the Great City Schools found that students are taking 113 standardized tests in grades K through 12.

Topics: Public Schools, Test-Prep, Educational-Consulting

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Topics: Public Schools, Test-Prep, Educational-Consulting

Five Effective Ways to Leverage your PSAT Scores - Score At The Top

Last Updated on Dec 15, 2014 11:30:00 AM

It’s December – the time when every student across the U.S. who took the PSAT/NMSQT gets back a copy of the PSAT itself, and, most importantly, a score report that breaks down the results on all three test sections: writing, reading, and math, including the student’s responses and the correct responses to every question.

So what’s a motivated student to do with all that feedback? Here are our five suggestions...

Topics: SAT Test, Test-Prep, Educational-Consulting, PSAT

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Topics: SAT Test, Test-Prep, Educational-Consulting, PSAT

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