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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, SAT Test, ACT, Essay

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

Wacky Scores on the June 2018 SAT

Posted on Jul 13, 2018 12:52:30 PM

SCORES FOR THE JUNE 2018 SAT HAVE BEEN RELEASED AND HIGH-SCORING STUDENTS ARE NOT HAPPY.  THE CURVE ON THE MATH SECTION WAS REALLY UNFORGIVING TO HIGH-SCORING STUDENTS.  THE TEST IS A REMINDER THAT STUDENTS SHOULD BE READY TO RETAKE THE SAT AND ACT AND THAT NO ONE ACTUALLY WANTS AN “EASY” SAT.

Topics: Test Scores, Test-Prep, SAT Test, Concordance

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Topics: Test Scores, Test-Prep, SAT Test, Concordance

Missed the October PSAT? You’re No Longer Locked Out From National Merit Recognition!

Posted on Dec 20, 2017 1:46:00 PM

Are you a high school junior and possible candidate for the National Merit Scholarship, but unable to take the PSAT/NMSQT test on the October national test date? There’s now an alternative action to pursue.

Topics: SAT Test, College Planning, Test-Prep

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Topics: SAT Test, College Planning, Test-Prep

Colleges that Do NOT Superscore the SAT

Posted on Aug 17, 2017 12:43:00 PM

What is the SAT Superscore?

Let's begin by briefly explaining how to superscore the SAT. As an example, we will assume you took the SAT three times and obtained the following scores:

Topics: SAT Test, ACT/SAT, Test Scores

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Topics: SAT Test, ACT/SAT, Test Scores

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

Posted 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, SAT Test, Educational-Consulting

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

How to Establish a Testing Calendar in Light of the New SAT

Posted on Oct 20, 2015 10:57:00 AM

 

In view of the redesigned SAT, I have altered the advice I typically give students about their junior-year testing calendar

Redesigned SAT:

This test will be administered for the first time in March, 2016. March and May tend to be the two most popular times for juniors to take their first SAT. While College Board has released only four full-length tests to use in preparation for the new test, Khan Academy has myriad practice questions on its website. To create a Khan Academy account, click here). In addition, Score At The Top has been hard at work creating new test prep strategies and materials to help you prepare for the new test.

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

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

SAT & ACT Essay – Both Optional Beginning in March 2016

Posted on Aug 21, 2015 2:23:00 PM

Some colleges, such as Columbia and Brown, require the ACT essay for the class of 2016, but won’t be requiring the SAT or ACT essay for the class of 2017. The rationale seems to be consistency: because the current SAT includes a required essay, some colleges require the optional ACT essay. Because the SAT essay will be optional starting in March, some colleges are already revising their SAT/ACT essay requirements for the class of 2017.

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

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

More News from the SAT Battlefront: SCORING

Posted on Aug 20, 2015 11:08:00 AM

Nearly every agrees: the March 2016 SAT will mark the introduction of a test more difficult than the current SAT (you have four more opportunities to take the current version).

Reading is more challenging with about 20% of questions asking for evidence that supports a student’s answer to the previous question. The so-called “Optional Essay” (hardly optional for the majority of top-tier colleges!) requires textual analysis in double the time of the current test (50 minutes compared with the current 25). And the math. Oh my, the math looks pretty rigorous, to say the least.

Topics: Test-Prep, SAT Test, Test Scores

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Topics: Test-Prep, SAT Test, Test Scores

Examicide? Trouble in SATville and ACTville

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

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

Help Your Teens Prepare for Milestone Events

Posted on Jul 30, 2015 10:50:00 AM

 

As the parent of teenagers, you probably feel like you are going through as many milestones with them now as you did when they were toddlers. From studying for and getting their driver’s permit to taking the SAT and filling out college applications, teenagers' lives are exceptionally busy.

While teenagers are ultimately responsible for their study habits, you can still play a role in their success. The following tips can help your teens get ready for some of the major events they have coming up...

Topics: SAT Test, Educational-Consulting

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Topics: SAT Test, Educational-Consulting

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