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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

More News from the SAT Battlefront: SCORING - Score At The Top

Last Updated 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: SAT Test, Test Scores, Test-Prep

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Topics: SAT Test, Test Scores, Test-Prep

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

Four more chances to take the current SAT - Score At The Top

Last Updated on Jul 7, 2015 12:00:00 AM

The Old Just Might Be Better Than the New!

There are still concerns at this date about how students will perform on the redesigned SAT starting in March 2016. You still have time, however, to take advantage of a decade of test prep experience in preparing for the current version of the SAT ― which all colleges will accept!

Topics: SAT Test, Test-Prep

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Topics: SAT Test, Test-Prep

Are You Investing in SAT or ACT Tutoring? Get Real Results!

Last Updated on Jun 29, 2015 12:00:00 AM

 

Parents often ask us what kind of “return” their students will get for the hours and dollars spent in our test-prep workshops and private tutoring. While every child’s test prep experience is unique, we know that our test-prep work leads students to score at the top of their potential. We’d like to share a concrete example.

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

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

The Skills You’ll Need for Redesigned SAT Essay - Score At The Top

Last Updated on Jun 27, 2015 12:00:00 AM

 

Reading Comprehension Re-Defined: identification and connecting of evidence

As a high school student, you have four more chances to use the current SAT essay format before the big change comes in March of 2016! Four chances to do what, exactly? Write a response to the current SAT prompt that allows for significant personal anecdote - even impressionistic responses that showcase a student’s grasp of written English language. Come March, all that changes.

Topics: SAT Test, Test-Prep

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Topics: SAT Test, Test-Prep

Comparing SAT’s and ACT’s new Essay Formats - Score At The Top

Last Updated on Mar 17, 2015 12:00:00 AM

 

In September this year, ACT will introduce its new essay format. Six months later, in March of 2016, the College Board will replace its current written essay with a new, optional essay.

Each testing company is migrating toward analysis and away from any possible free-form, even impressionistic renderings by students in their writing ― the College Board more so that ACT. Let’s look briefly at what we know right now.

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

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

SAT Vocabulary Questions Gone! Hooray! But…not so fast - Score At The Top

Last Updated on Mar 11, 2015 12:00:00 AM

 

A fleeting dream it was, too, that in the redesigned SAT, vocabulary would play a considerably diminished role. We have often noted in our work with students that the average high schooler’s vocabulary leaves room for improvement. So while a student may be inclined to believe that the redesigned test a year from now will be less onerous from the vocab standpoint, in actuality we haven’t observed that. Rather, we note the reappearance of familiar SAT-vocabulary words ― at least in the sample Reading Test just released by the College Board. Their use is conspicuous, though constrained in the sense that these challenging words appear in both the reading passages and questions, rather than in the current “sentence completion” format.

Topics: SAT Test, Test-Prep

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Topics: SAT Test, Test-Prep

SAT Score Are In: Break Glass, Pull Handle! - Score At The Top

Last Updated on Feb 18, 2015 10:54:00 AM

 

Three Follow-Up Actions

OK. You’ve got the scores. Now what? Here are three important ways to use the information to make yourself college ready:

  1. Determine your future testing strategy. Are you satisfied with the results because you know that your scores put you at least in the 50th percentile of students accepted in the current freshman class? If not, back plan today from the next feasible testing date – and renew your test preparation (see #2).

Topics: SAT Test, Test Scores, Test-Prep, College Application

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Topics: SAT Test, Test Scores, Test-Prep, College Application

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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