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The College Board and PSAT Scores: Oh, No, Not Again!

Last Updated on Feb 7, 2020 5:02:00 AM

The proximate cause of our expression of exasperation with the College Board is the incongruous scoring results of its 2019 Preliminary Scholastic Aptitude Test (PSAT), which was administered last October. and the “Again” part of the title to this blog is a little complicated, so bear with us while we explain.

Topics: Test Scores, PSAT

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Topics: Test Scores, PSAT

Understanding Your PSAT Scores & Their Role in College Admissions

Last Updated on Dec 12, 2019 10:57:12 AM

The PSAT is a critical test that highlights how students should begin preparing for the SAT (and ACT!), and beyond that, for college. Understanding your PSAT score and future SAT/ACT scoring potential are key factors in building your college list. We have some suggestions for maximizing your scores and creating an optimal plan to prepare for future tests. During this informative webinar, you’ll learn: 

• How scores and percentiles are calculated 
• Qualifications for the National Merit Scholarship 
• How college really use test scores 
• Suggestions for maximizing your scores 
• An effective testing calendar for junior and senior year

Topics: Test Scores, PSAT, Webinar

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Topics: Test Scores, PSAT, Webinar

SAT Tutoring and Scoring: Sometimes Results Are a Mystery

Last Updated on Sep 18, 2019 3:13:08 PM

We fully expect that virtually all students who follow our recommended regimen of prep for standardized tests –SAT, ACT, and SSAT (Secondary School Admission Test) – will see significant score increases over the course of tutoring and on the actual tests. We have over 30 years of history that validate our expectation after helping thousands of students accomplish exactly that…

Topics: SAT Test, Test Scores

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Topics: SAT Test, Test Scores

Benefits of Professional Test Prep

Last Updated on Oct 19, 2017 5:34:48 PM

In the very midst of focused preparation for college entrance testing (ACT and SAT), it’s rather easy for student (and anxious parent) to lose sight of a bigger picture.
 
We have in mind the benefits that accrue from guided, methodical practice for the big tests. What are these benefits? They’re wrapped up in our three-word title. First, effective test prep produces an effective, active reader. That’s a student who’s engaged in such a way as to maximize retention.
 
One natural outcome of active reading is stimulation of thought – of thoughtfulness and connection making, two essential components of learning. In the stressful environment of testing, there’s hardly anything more important than the ability to weigh, measure, and consider cause and effect of ideas. Think.

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

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

Colleges that Do NOT Superscore the SAT

Last Updated 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, Test Scores, ACT/SAT

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Topics: SAT Test, Test Scores, ACT/SAT

WHAT? No Credits Toward College Graduation for Good AP Scores?

Last Updated on Jul 31, 2017 7:00:00 AM

We bring to your attention this blog published in early May of this year on cnbc.com concerning students who take AP tests:

Topics: AP Exams, Test Scores, College Admission, College Application, College Planning

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Topics: AP Exams, Test Scores, College Admission, College Application, College Planning

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

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

FSU Released their Final Freshmen Decisions

Last Updated on Mar 23, 2015 12:26:00 PM

 

Florida State released their final freshman decisions last Wednesday after the close of school. Director of Admissions Janice Finney explained that the school deferred more students in December than in the past, so more students received final decisions. Of those deferred in December, students who did not provide mid-year grades were not reconsidered.

This year’s accepted freshman profile...

Topics: Test Scores, Test-Prep, Private-School

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Topics: Test Scores, Test-Prep, Private-School

SAT Score Are In: Break Glass, Pull Handle!

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

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