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The latest tips, tricks, and education to help you get into your top college.

Better Returns than Buffet's: The Bright Futures Scholarship

Last Updated by Jason Robinovitz on October 3, 2021

We understand that Return On Investment can go hand-in-hand with risk: no pain, no gain. But how would you respond to a proposed investment of $2,000 that could result in saving between $19,759 (a 957% return on your money) and $30,528 (a 1,526% return on your money) over roughly four years? While this investment isn’t risk-free, it is low risk, assuming you have a student willing to work hard and follow instruction. Simply put, this investment is in test preparation for the SAT and ACT! When paired with a motivated student (and the right test-prep tutor), the result is a hefty scholarship from Florida’s Bright Futures Scholarships (BFSs).

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

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

Colleges That Superscore the ACT

Last Updated by Judi Robinovitz on July 29, 2021

 

What is an ACT superscore?

A superscore is the selection of your best scores. For example, let's say you took the ACT three times and received the following scores:

  1. English 27, Math 28, Reading 29, Science 25 = Composite 27
  2. English 28, Math 31, Reading 28, Science 26 = Composite 28
  3. English 27, Math 30, Reading 28, Science 30 = Composite 30

The colleges listed above would cherry pick your best scores for their super-score:

  • English 28, Math 31, Reading 29, Science 30 = Composite 30

As you can see, the super-score is better than any one of the tests. The sum of the parts are greater than the whole! And, more good news, obtaining your super-score is easier than ever. Previously, you needed to self-calculate your super-score, then send score reports from each testing date to colleges super-scoring the ACT. Now, ACT provides its own super-score report. Curious what it looks like? Here’s a sneak peek:

You’ll notice that the recalculated composite super-score appears along with the individual section scores and dates from which it was generated. Included in your super-score report are all scores from the single test with the highest composite score, and the composite and section scores from the tests used to obtain your super-score. You’ll access your super-score report in the same way you’d find the results from any ACT by logging into your myactstudent.org account and accessing your scores. Remember that you’ll only see a superscore after you’ve taken the ACT two or more times.

While there are many schools out there that superscore the SAT, the list of schools that superscore 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.

Want to learn about the Superscoring the SAT? Check out our blog post on Colleges That Do NOT Superscore the SAT

 

Topics: ACT, Test-Prep, Concordance, superscore

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Topics: ACT, Test-Prep, Concordance, superscore

The 5 Best Foods to Eat Before a Test and Other Helpful Tips

Last Updated by Jason Robinovitz on June 25, 2021

Most people experience some amount of stress when taking a test - which is often why they choose to get tutored in the first place. According to Brain Connection, the increase in standardized testing may actually be adding to the level of stress many students experience in the classroom. Excessive stress can be harmful in a variety of ways, including reduced test scores.

This makes proper diet all the more important for students facing important exams. When your student is focused, well-nourished, and satisfied, they can focus on the task at-hand far better. 

Topics: Test-Prep

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Topics: Test-Prep

4 Best PSAT Test Prep Tips

Last Updated by Judi Robinovitz on May 28, 2021

Many students wonder if they should prepare for the PSAT, which, by virtue of its name, is a “preliminary” or practice test. Certainly, if you are taking it in your freshman or sophomore year, the main goal is to get a feel for the test and an approximation of how you might perform on the SAT. These “baseline” scores can help you set your college admission goals and give you an indication of how much more you may need to prep for the SAT or ACT. In junior year, however, the PSAT/NMSQ holds more weight, because that score is the best predictor of your junior SAT score. In addition, your performance may qualify you for National Merit Scholarship recognition, can provide a scholarship for college and make you a standout on your college applications.

Topics: Test-Prep, PSAT

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Topics: Test-Prep, PSAT

8 Best ACT Test Prep Tips and Tricks

Last Updated by Judi Robinovitz on May 27, 2021

So, you’ve decided that the ACT is your test. You prefer its straightforward approach, and sense that you can handle the quicker pace, and the math and science knowledge it requires. Now it’s time to start prepping! You might want to begin by taking a look at our Ultimate Guide to Preparing for College Entrance Exams which gives several tips for getting the most out of your prepping.

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

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

13 SAT Tips and Tricks to Prepare for the Exam

Last Updated by Judi Robinovitz on May 26, 2021

Now that you’ve decided to tackle and conquer the SAT as part of your college admissions game plan, it’s time to start preparing and practicing. You’ll find lots of great overall information and advice for preparing for standardized tests in our Ultimate Guide to Preparing for College Entrance Exams. For instance, you will want to create a consistent practice schedule, set realistic goals, and make sure to take plenty of official practice tests in test-like conditions that are timed and completed in one sitting.

Beyond that, you will want to focus on learning and practicing strategies specific to the SAT. While the SAT allows more time per section than the ACT, it is also known for being the more confusing test. With practice, however, you will gain familiarity with the test, learn to decipher the questions, and discover the methods that work best for you. Here are some of the best prep tips from our experts to help you get ready to take the SAT confidently and successfully.

Topics: Test-Prep, SAT

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Topics: Test-Prep, SAT

Your Guide To Preparing for College Entrance Exams in 2021

Last Updated by Judi Robinovitz on May 26, 2021

We get it. The mere mention of standardized tests might make you cringe and shudder. You’ve got enough to do with schoolwork and extracurricular activities – how will you find time to prepare for college entrance exams that may determine your future?

Take a deep breath, wipe the sweat off your brow, and let us reassure you that you can do it with a solid preparation plan – and successfully achieve your goals. While no two students are alike, you can find a path and process that will prepare you to do your best.

Topics: ACT, Test-Prep, PSAT, SAT

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Topics: ACT, Test-Prep, PSAT, SAT

When Less Is More...

Last Updated by Judi Robinovitz on April 29, 2021



For most high school juniors, spring semester is a busy season filled with events and exams. Often, students are beginning to make college plans that include scheduling the SAT and/or ACT, even in this “test-optional” era. The process of registering for one of these tests is easy enough: go to CollegeBoard.org or ACT.org, and click on the test registration link. Answer a few questions, ask for mom and dad’s credit card, and you’re all set. However, before you register for a test date, a few words of wisdom….

Topics: ACT, ACT/SAT, Test-Prep

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Topics: ACT, ACT/SAT, Test-Prep

Test Simulations: The Key to Proper Practice

Last Updated by Jason Robinovitz on February 22, 2021

There’s no other way around it when it comes to prepping for the SAT or ACT Tests. To properly prepare, you have to practice — and most importantly, practice properly. What we do mean?

If you were an actor, you wouldn’t show up on opening night without first having rehearsed the script and completely familiarized yourself with the play’s staging, lights, and sound issues. Similarly, by taking several practice SAT or ACT tests and simulating the testing environment and timing as closely as you can, you will walk onto the testing “stage” feeling more confident and prepared. Sure, there are always jitters on test day, but with proper practice, you minimize the unknown and maximize your chances for doing your best.

Topics: ACT/SAT, Test-Prep, Simulations

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Topics: ACT/SAT, Test-Prep, Simulations

Testing Calendar for Juniors - Class of 2022

Last Updated by Judi Robinovitz on November 12, 2020

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, ACT/SAT, Test-Prep, Tutoring, Educational Consulting, SAT

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