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The SAT is a standardized test for most college admissions in the United States. The SAT is owned, published, and developed by the College Board, a nonprofit organization in the United States. It was formerly developed, published, and scored by the Educational Testing Service[1] which still administers the exam. The test is intended to assess a student's readiness for college. It was first introduced in 1926, and its name and scoring have changed several times. It was first called the Scholastic Aptitude Test, then the Scholastic Assessment Test.

SATs & ACTs

For Students Choosing SAT Prep Courses, Does Free Mean Better?
IndiaWest  - May 13, 2017
WASHINGTON — Is there a price that a worried parent wouldn't pay to help a child do well on college admissions tests? The good news is that test preparation doesn't have to be expensive anymore....
AP Test-Takers' Tweets May Not Give Away Answers, But They Raise Questions
NPR.org  - May 14, 2017
No one likes to take tests. Sitting down to take a standardized test on a beautiful Saturday morning would not, almost certainly, be categorized as a fun weekend activity. Yet, it's a requirement many of us face at one point in life...
3 Study Techniques for the Chemistry SAT Subject Test
US News  - May 15, 2017
Did you know that chemistry is one of the most popular SAT subject tests? Tens of thousands of students sit for this exam on one of its six test dates....
Free Khan Academy SAT tutorials boost scores, study finds
EdSource  - May 8, 2017
The partnership between the College Board and the online Khan Academy in offering free SAT prep tutorials has helped boost scores significantly on that widely used college entrance exam, the organizations announced Monday..,...
Explore AP Courses' Pros And Cons Before Signing Up
Forbes  - May 5, 2017
According to a recent NPR report, nearly 3 million high school students at 22,000 high schools will be taking their Advanced Placement exams over the next few weeks. From Literature to chemistry to art history, Latin, Physics and 25 other options,.,...
Does free mean better for students choosing SAT prep courses
Virginia Pilot  - May 8, 2017
WASHINGTON (AP) — Is there a price that a worried parent wouldn't pay to help a child do well on college admissions tests? The good news is that test preparation doesn't have to be expensive anymore....
How to Juggle Multiple AP Exams
US News  - May 8, 2017
If you're worried about Advanced Placement exam season, you're not alone. For students who are taking more than one AP assessment, the stress can be overwhelming....
4 Things We Don't Know About AP Tests
NPR.org  - May 1, 2017
This week and next is a national rite of passage for stressed-out overachievers everywhere. Nearly 3 million high school students at 22,000 high schools will be sitting down to take their Advanced Placement exams.,...
College-Bound Students Shouldn't Always Test Out of Classes
US News  - May 1, 2017
For many high school students, using Advanced Placement or International Baccalaureate credits to skip 100-level college courses and move straight to the heart of major-specific studies is a no-brainer. After all, why take a class in college that you have already passed in high school,...
No Downside To Taking Both ACT And SAT
Cape News  - Apr 21, 2017
Now I know that spring is here. There is definitely more of a bounce in everyone’s step now and it feels great. The daffodils are blooming and spring cleaning time has begun. Even the weather is cooperating as the showers held up this past week. College visits are so much better without rain!.....
How to improve SAT scores without going broke
Bridge Michigan  - Apr 20, 2017
Tutoring can change life’s trajectory. Patricia Terry has seen it first-hand. And it doesn’t always have to cost thousands of dollars. Last year, a senior at Detroit’s Cass Technical High School approached Terry with a big problem....
Top 10 Tips for the evening before your SAT or ACT
Hamlet Hub  - Apr 20, 2017
The next SAT is on May 6th and the next ACT on June 17th. EA Test Prep’s Top 10 Tips for the evening before the SAT/ACT:...
College Connection: How many times should a student take the SAT exam?
MyCentralJersey.com  - Apr 13, 2017
By the time students reach high school, they are tired of taking standardized tests. But this is just the time when students need to be most diligent. Standardized tests in students’ earlier years are most important for their school and school district, to determine if educational goals are being met and to rank how the school/district compares t.....
Choose Between SAT Essay and ACT Writing
US News  - Apr 17, 2017
The essay portion of the SAT and ACT is technically optional, but that doesn't mean you should write it off. Many colleges require applicants to provide their essay results from one of the exams, while other schools will consider the SAT essay or ACT writing during the admissions process....
At hundreds of colleges, ACT and SAT scores are no longer necessary for admission
Kansas City Star  - Apr 17, 2017
For years, national standardized admissions tests have been a primary way schools decide who they’ll accept, and a stress that many graduating high school students agonize through multiple times seeking a high mark.....
5 Steps to Tackle AP English Language Multiple-Choice Questions
US News  - Apr 10, 2017
Throughout your years as a student, you will no doubt have a multitude of experiences with multiple choice questions. But some exams – including the Advanced Placement English Language and Composition exam – are comprised of particularly challenging multiple-choice questions ...
What Standardized Test Scores Do I Need to Get Into an Ivy League College?
Huffington Post  - Apr 6, 2017
Too many high school students and their parents spend an inordinate amount of time worrying about whether Ivies and similarly selective colleges will prefer the SAT or the ACT, or whether or not they must have one subject test in the sciences and one in the humanities. What really matters is great scores...
How the SAT and PSAT collect personal data on students — and what the College Board does with it
Washington Post  - Mar 30, 2017
If your child takes the SAT or PSAT, is his or her personal information being collected, profiled, licensed and sold? That is the question that Cheri Kiesecker, Colorado parent and member of the Parent Coalition for Student Privacy...
3 Important Facts About the PSAT 8/9
US News  - Apr 3, 2017
The PSAT 8/9 is a relatively new exam intended to help eighth- and ninth-grade students plan a path to college. It is similar to other tests in the SAT Suite of Assessments, but it is important to note that it is not the same exam as the PSAT 10 or PSAT/National Merit Scholarship Qualifying Test...
Don't Make These 3 Mistakes When Prepping for AP Exams
US News  - Mar 27, 2017
The components of a college application can seem limitless – grades, extracurricular activities and standardized test scores are just some of the factors you can highlight to stand out. But when it comes to test scores, you have more to think about than just the SAT or ACT....
What parents can do to help teens prepare for the SAT & ACT
Chicago Now  - Mar 27, 2017
Standardized tests take on a whole new meaning in high school, with the SAT and/or ACT being huge components in the college application process. With the SAT coming up on April 5, I talked with Matthew Pietrafetta of Academic Approach, a test preparation and tutoring company with locations in Chicago, New York, and Boston. He offered his expert advice on what parents can do to get teens ready for the SAT and ACT. ..
ACT Versus SAT: How To Choose?
Patch  - Mar 27, 2017
Parents often ask me which test their child should take for college admissions. The answer depends on their child's strengths and weaknesses. The best way to know for sure which test the student should take is for them to do a practice test for each exam and see which one they feel more comfortable with. ..
Studying for the SAT and ACT can really pay off, and there are low cost tools to help
Michigan Radio  - Mar 14, 2017
Since early 2017, the International Baccalaureate Diploma Programme has been offered at hundreds of American high schools. And students can reap many benefits from the IB curriculum, including potential college credit, rigorous coursework and a world-class education....
4 Common Questions, Answers About IB Assessments
US News  - Mar 13, 2017
Since early 2017, the International Baccalaureate Diploma Programme has been offered at hundreds of American high schools. And students can reap many benefits from the IB curriculum, including potential college credit, rigorous coursework and a world-class education....
The New SAT One Year Later
Education World  - Mar 8, 2017
Saturday, March 11 will mark the one year anniversary of the redesigned SAT. So, how has the test fared one year later? Are the results what we all expected or is there still work to be done?....
Master Key Skills on the Redesigned SAT Math Section
US News  - Mar 6, 2017
Mastering the redesigned SAT's math section requires more than just well-rounded knowledge of mathematical principles. You must be able to quickly recognize which skills are being tested, as well as how to solve each problem in the least amount of time....
College Admissions Expert Elizabeth Levine: ACT vs. SAT
The Photo news  - Mar 6, 2017
I frequently get asked the question, how does the ACT exam differ from the SAT? Before I review their basic differences, it used to be that the SAT dominated in the number of students who took this exam over the number that took the ACT. ...
Standardized testing for college — what you can do to prepare
West Hawaii Today  - Mar 6, 2017
Standardized tests are a part of applying to most, but not all, US colleges — either the SAT plus two or three Subject Tests or the ACT test is often required. You will need to take some combination of these tests, since most colleges request test results. . ...
College Board tightens SAT security around the globe to fight cheating
Atlanta Journal-Constitution  - Feb 24, 2017
In an effort to combat cheating, the College Board — the firm behind the SAT exam — announced new plans to tighten security. In a news release Tuesday, the firm wrote the new measures “constitute the most robust and direct actions taken by a college entrance exam provider.”...
Here's the ideal study schedule for the SAT, according to a New York City tutor who charges $1,500 an hour
Business Insider  - Mar 1, 2017
Conversations about SAT and ACT scores are ubiquitous for high school students applying to college. Still, although most student understand the high-stakes nature of the exams, many are still unsure what their study schedule should look like to ensure top results....
ACT Adds July Date to Testing Schedule
Education Week  - Feb 28, 2017
ACT Inc. announced last week that it will begin offering a summer test date for the ACT college-admissions exam beginning next year. The move matches one by its rival, the College Board, which recently introduced a 2017 summer test date for its SAT exam....
Use Your PreACT, PSAT Performance to Choose a College Entrance Exam
US News  - Feb 27, 2017
Choosing between the ACT and SAT is a pivotal decision that all college-bound high school students must make. One of the key steps in reaching an informed decision is to sit for an official practice test – the PreACT or PSAT – which give you a better idea of what to expect when you take the official college entrance exams....
College Board tightens SAT exam security, but key risk remains
Reuters  - Feb 23, 2017
The owner of the SAT college-entrance exam, which has been plagued by a raft of cheating incidents overseas, outlined new security measures but stopped short of remedying the test’s biggest vulnerability. ...
ACT announces July test date for 2018
Admission Intel Blog - Feb 22, 2017
Starting in 2018, ACT will begin offering students the opportunity to take the ACT test in July, increasing the number of national ACT test dates from six to seven. ...
SAT, ACT, Both BAD: The Problem with College Readiness Exams
Nyack News and Views  - Feb 20, 2017
America’s tool for measuring college readiness is failing us, and Nyack is not immune. For those who need a reminder, the SAT consists of four parts: reading, writing, math (with and without a calculator), and the essay. The ACT adds on a science ...
Close to Home: Don’t make mistake of only taking the SAT
Press Democrat  - Feb 19, 2017
If you grew up in California, there’s a very good chance that you never heard about the ACT when you were in high school. For many years, another college admissions test, the SAT, has been the test of choice for California students applying to college. ...
3 Preparation Strategies for the SAT U.S. History Subject Test
US News  - Feb 20, 2017
The College Board offers 20 SAT subject tests. Of those, the U.S. history exam is one of the most popular. Not only is this subject covered in virtually all American high schools, but success on this SAT subject test can lead to valuable college credit....
SAT scam preys on parents' good intentions
KING-5  - Feb 21, 2017
A new scam is hitting Washington state, targeting parents trying to help their kids do well on the SAT, a test used by colleges and universities during admissions.....
Avoid 3 Mistakes to Excel on ACT English Section
US News  - Feb 6, 2017
The ACT English section consists entirely of multiple-choice questions that are based on several reading passages. This portion tests students in two main areas: rhetorical skills, such as style and organization, and mechanics, including syntax, punctuation and grammar.....
Tips to know if choosing the ACT over the SAT exam
MyCentralJersey.com  - Feb 2, 2017
The ACT has become an increasingly popular test for college-bound students. Although for many years the majority of college applicants on the east and west coasts, and in Texas, favored the SAT, many of these students are now taking the ACT. It is being offered, this academic year, in February, April and June.....
Archives - SATs & ACTs
Proven strategies to earn an impressive SAT score
MyCentralJersey.com  - Jan 26, 2017
The January SAT exam is now history. It was given for the last time on Jan. 21, and will no longer be offered in future years. (It is being replaced by an August SAT exam starting this summer.) So now all eyes are on the March, May and June SAT exams, and there’s no better time than the present to start the preparations....
Boost ACT scores with this 'top secret' strategy
The Tennessean  - Jan 28, 2017
The single most important test you will take as a Middle Tennessee high school student is the ACT. These test scores are crucial for admission to your dream school. They can also make a difference of thousands of dollars in scholarship money...
Opinion: Don't be blinded by the flattery from college recruiters
Pocono Record  - Jan 29, 2017
Chicago - Many high schools across the country require that sophomores take the preliminary SAT or the practice ACT in preparation for the junior-year tests, ...
The Admissions Game: Analyze Your PSAT
AJT  - Jan 19, 2017
In October, many high school underclassmen took the PSAT/NMSQT examination. For juniors, the test is all-important because it brings to life the fact that the college admissions process is right around the corner...
Learn to Identify Tone for SAT Reading, Writing Success
US News  - Jan 16, 2017
Tone, or an author's attitude toward his or her subject, is an important element of communication. Scientific texts are expected to be objective, while memoirs, opinion pieces, persuasive essays and the like may employ a wide range of tones...
Use PSAT scores to gauge study options
Camarillo Acorn  - Jan 13, 2017
Students who took the PSAT in October should have their results by now. The test score report can help juniors create a plan for additional testing. Students with strong PSAT scores can relax a bit, knowing that they should be in good shape for the SAT...
What Your PSAT Scores Really Means
GoLocalProv College Admissions  - Jan 9, 2017
PSAT scores for the new version of the SAT arrived last week. These scores mark the time when sophomores and juniors can begin to target colleges that are in range. If your school is slow about handing out scores, you may want to go online and get them. Then, how do you interpret your PSAT scores and use them to launch your college search?...
How Parents Can Help Their Kids Through the SAT and ACT
, GoLocalProv College Admissions  - Jan 6, 2017
icki Reilly thinks of herself as calm, cool and collected. But locked in the privacy of a bathroom with her phone, she furtively checked her son’s ACT scores—even though she’d told him not to while the family vacationed in Colorado. ...
Exclusive: Chinese education giant helps its students game the SAT
Reuters  - Dec 23, 2016
When the new SAT was given for the first time in March, the owner of the test took unprecedented steps to stop “bad actors” from collecting and circulating material from the all-important college entrance exam....
What to do after getting PSAT results
Simi Valley Acorn  - Dec 30, 2016
Students who took the PSAT in October should have their results by now. The test score report can help juniors create a plan for additional testing. Students with strong PSAT scores can relax a bit, knowing they should be in good shape for the SAT.....
3 Steps for Writing a Strong SAT Essay
US News  - Jan 1, 2017
As many students are aware, a comprehensive redesign of the SAT was introduced in March 2016. As part of this revision, the essay section is now optional.....
Hone Rhetorical Skills for Success on the ACT Reading Section
US News  - Dec 19, 2016
The ACT is a nearly three-hour exam with four sections – English, math, reading and science – plus an optional writing section that adds 40 minutes,....
Got PSAT score results? Prepping for future testing
Moonpark Acorn  - Dec 16, 2016
Students who took the PSAT in October should have their results by now. The test score report can help juniors create a plan for additional testing. Students with strong PSAT scores can relax a bit, knowing that they should be in good shape for the SAT.....
31 Great Colleges That Don’t Care About Your Lousy Test Scores
MONEY  - Dec 20, 2016
Try these schools if your SAT score stinks. An estimated one out of six students struggles with the standardized tests that are crucial to college admissions. Thanks to subpar SAT or ACT scores,....
College Board faces rocky path after CEO pushes new vision for SAT
Reuters  - Dec 12, 2016
David Coleman spearheaded a sweeping redesign of America's oldest college entrance exam. His plan to act fast – and tie the test to the controversial Common Core - stirred up internal resistance and created new problems......
The new SAT and the new scores
Salem News - Dec 2, 2016
OK, your student received his or her new SAT scores. Congratulations, and good luck understanding the scores. Getting the scores is actually the easiest of the tasks. Just log in to your student’s account, go to the scores page, and click on the “Download Report” box. ...
What Do The PSAT Results Mean?
TAPinto.net - Dec 11, 2016
Fall 2016 PSAT results will be available Monday, Dec. 12 online for high school students and parents. This year, we anticipate that junior students’ percentile rankings will be lower than last year’s. ...
Finally, the College Board makes it easier for students with disabilities to get SAT accommodations
Washington Post - Dec 2, 2016
For many years, students with disabilities and their counselors often complained about how hard it is to win testing accommodations during the administration of the SAT, Advanced Placement and other standardized exams from the College Board. ...
College Students Share Their Best SAT, ACT Test Strategies
US News - Nov 21, 2016
November is a tricky time of year, as many high school students are not only scrambling to prepare for final exams but are also faced with the final testing sessions of the year for the SAT and ACT.....
The SAT vs. the ACT -- neither is easy
Salem News - Nov 21, 2016
Students and parents offer a recurring refrain when referring to the SAT and ACT: “I like this test better than the other one.” Or, “This test is easier for my student than the other one.....
College Connection: Strategies for scoring high on the PSAT/SAT exams
myCentralJersey - Nov 18, 2016
If in doubt, choose answer “C.” That was the strategy offered to generations of college bound students as they prepared to face the intimidating SAT exam. Luckily, there is much better – and more accurate – advice available to today’s students!....
What Do The PSAT Results Mean?
TapInto - Nov 29, 2016
Fall 2016 PSAT results will be available Monday, Dec. 12 online for high school students and parents. This year, we anticipate that junior students’ percentile rankings will be lower than last year’s. Why?....
ACT to debut new supports for English learners on 2017-18 tests
Education Dive - Nov 16, 2016
Achievement gaps between English learners and their English-speaking peers are substantial, but districts are hard-pressed to determine how much of that gap is based on an inability to convey knowledge because of the language barrier.....
Your Admission Tests Study Toolbox
Uloop - Nov 14, 2016
Why are admission tests still a thing? Applying to grad school is already stressful enough, and then they want to add some standardized test on top of it that will show the school your worth? Oh joy.....
Can a free SAT prep class ever be as good as pricey in-person ones?
Washington Post - Nov 10, 2016
When Nathan Bernard took the PSAT his freshman and sophomore years of high school, he admits, he didn’t take the test seriously. “I don’t think I brought a calculator,” the blond 17-year-old said, laughing, on a recent Sunday afternoon at his home in Alexandria, Va. .....
Exclusive: ACT cancels test scores in Asia after leak of essay question
Reuters - Nov 3, 2016
Students in Asia have been notified that their scores on the writing section of last month's ACT college-entrance exam are being canceled, in the latest example of how standardized test makers are struggling to contain an international epidemic of cheating....
SOME THINGS TO KNOW WHEN YOU'RE TAKING THE SAT
MTV - Oct 28, 2016
I bombed the SAT. Twice, to be exact. I was sitting in a neighboring town's high school cafeteria where the test was being administered on a Saturday morning in November. We were instructed by the proctor to start filling out our Scantron sheets with our personal information...
PSAT Tips And Strategies: How To Study For The NMSQT Exam And Get A Good Score
IB Times - Oct 28, 2016
Juniors across the United States will take the preliminary SAT/National Merit Scholarship Qualifying Test, or PSAT/NMSQT, on Wednesday. High schools offer the exam, which includes math, reading and writing, to students every fall. Wednesday is this year's alternate test date....
Should your student take the SAT/ACT or not?
Philadelphia Public School Notebook- - Oct 28, 2016
I get it. A lot of our students aren't confident test-takers. They hear about how “hard” the SAT or ACT is and they want no part of it. Now, with many colleges and universities having a test-optional admission process, it might seem as if we can safely direct students and their families to take the test-optional route...
Improve Interpretation of Visuals for ACT Math, Science Success
US News - Oct 31, 2016
Understanding the ways data can be represented in graphs and charts is a key part of comprehending math and science. It is also an essential skill on the ACT math and science sections.
Administering the SAT for 53 Years
The Atlantic - Oct 17, 2016
The SAT exam has gone through many iterations, each, some say, fixing some problems and creating others. Created in the 1920s, the original test featured 315 questions, a 97-minute time limit, and no distinct math and English sections. Since then, scoring rubrics have been overhauled, ,..
SAT / ACT Prep Online Guides and Tips
The Philadelphia Tribune - Oct 14, 2016
Studying for the SAT is a big undertaking, and you might not know where to start. A good way to get yourself into gear is to learn about the structure of the test and different ways you can adapt your strategy to improve on each section. In this article,, ,..
SHOULD I SEND MY TEST SCORES TO COLLEGES BEFORE I KNOW THEM?
CollegeVine Blog - Oct 18, 2016
It’s no secret that standardized testing is a huge part of the college process. Some students consider their ACT or SAT test date one of the most stressful days of the entire college process, second only to the day they find out their test scores., ,..
Choose Between Retaking the ACT, SAT or Changing Exams
US News - Oct 3, 2016
Sometimes, despite hard work, your SAT or ACT score is disappointing. Don't lose hope, though; if you took the standardized test early in the college application process, you may have time to retake it. ..
College Board says upcoming SATs won't contain questions exposed in breach
Reuters - Sep 30, 2016
For the first time since a massive security breach exposed about 400 unpublished questions meant for upcoming SAT tests, the College Board will administer the important college entrance exam this weekend. ..
College Board chief promises changes to SAT test amid controversies
Reuters - Sep 23, 2016
The maker of the SAT, America’s oldest college-entrance exam, promised to streamline its new math questions and scale back the reuse of tests, a longtime practice that has made the exam vulnerable to cheating. ..
SAT vs ACT: the beginning of the road to college
WKBW - Sep 28, 2016
BUFFALO, N.Y. (WKBW) - As high school juniors begin to start thinking about higher education, they may be wondering if they should be taking the SAT or the ACT. According to Dean Reinhart, the Associate Director of Admissions at Buffalo State, and Meghan Bauer, Kaplan Test Prep Instructor, students should pick the test that they are the most comfortable with.. ..
Despite warnings, College Board redesigned SAT in way that may hurt neediest students
Reuters - Sep 21, 2016
Part Six: Internal documents show the makers of the new SAT knew the test was overloaded with wordy math problems – a hurdle that could reinforce race and income disparities. The College Board went ahead with the exam anyway.. ..
Should You Take the ACT, SAT or Both?
Her Campus - Sep 13, 2016
Being accepted into college is one of the happiest moments in your life. However, what some people may not see behind the tears of joy associated with receiving your college acceptance letter is the numerous hours you spent studying for the SAT or ACT ––or maybe even both. ..
Record number of colleges now have ACT/SAT ‘optional’ or ‘flexible’ admissions policies
Washington Post - Sep 20, 2016
A new analysis of college admissions policies found that half of the top 100 national liberal arts colleges on the U.S. News & World Report rankings now have test-optional or test-flexible policies. In addition, a record number of more than 870 colleges and universities now report having changed their admissions policies on requiring the ACT.. ..
Why I'm Glad My College Dumped the SAT
TIME - Sep 13, 2016
And the ACT, too. "Wait, why-what do you mean you don't accept the SAT?" Whether with curiosity, confusion, joy, or frustration, this question is always asked with intense emotion. ..
ACT or SAT: Which is right for your child?
WRAL - Sep 13, 2016
Next month ushers in the early-fall-through-late spring college admissions testing season. This is when two acronyms --ACT and SAT -- will be on the minds of high school juniors and seniors everywhere. . ..
College Board SAT Designer Drawn Into FBI Investigation
EdWeek - Sep 2, 2016
A former College Board official who had a lead role in designing the new SAT—and then became an ardent critic of the process—has become part of an FBI investigation into possible security breaches in the college-entrance exam. Documents outlining his role appear to have been put under court seal.. ..
What’s up with test-optional admissions policies?
Huffington Post - Sep 6, 2016
Any student (or parent of a student) beginning the college search process is probably aware that the SAT and ACT often play a big role in the college admissions process. The question of “how did you do on your SATs” from classmates or relatives surfaces as soon as someone starts the college search ..
4 Ways Students Can Prepare for a Valuable PreACT Experience
US News - Aug 29, 2016
The PreACT is a new tool that high school sophomores can use to guide their preparation for college. While it is intended as practice for the real ACT exam and has no direct impact on college admissions or scholarship searches, it is very useful when students are preparing to take the ACT.. ..
Kaplan Will Offer Free Online PSAT Prep
Inside Higher Ed - Aug 30, 2016
Kaplan Test Prep is announcing today that it will offer free online PSAT instruction, starting in October. Kaplan will offer eight one-hour sessions live, with recordings available for those who can't participate live. Kaplan's announcement noted that, for many students, the PSAT is "the first meaningful step on their path to college." ..
Opting Out Of Submitting College Admission Tests Could Be A Good Idea
Inside Higher Ed - Aug 30, 2016
Standardized testing for college admission has become an ingrained part of the admission process since it was instituted in the early 20th century. Initially regarded as a way to identify students outside the usual population of college goers (sons of wealthy families and alumni) it now stands as a hurdle for all students anxious to be admitted to a competitive college. ..
FBI Raids Home of Former Official Over SAT Leak
The Daily Beast - Aug 27, 2016
Federal agents raided the Maryland home of a former employee of the College Board on Friday over a massive leak of SAT questions. Manuel Alfaro, the former executive director of assessment design and development at the board,. ..
Elite colleges are ditching a major admissions requirement
US News - Aug 23, 2016
Conversations about SAT and ACT scores are ubiquitous among high school students applying to colleges. Increasingly, however, many colleges and universities have begun to eschew mandatory standardized test scores as requirements for their application processes.. ..
4 Ways Students Can Prepare for a Valuable PreACT Experience
US News - Jul 18, 2016
?Beginning in September 2016, the PreACT exam will be available to high school sophomores for the first time. Much like the PSAT, the PreACT offers a realistic glimpse of the ACT college entrance exam, which plays a critical role in college admissions and scholarship eligibility. ..
Consider the Revised SAT, ACT for Test Success
US News - June 27, 2016
One of the most common descisions you face as a high school sophomore, junior or senior is whether to take the SAT or ACT. Although the colleges you are applying to may play a role in determining which test to register for, you should also consider your strengths as a student and test-taker when deciding which standardized exam to prepare for and take.. ..
Tutors See Stereotypes and Gender Bias in SAT. Testers See None of the Above.
New York Times - June 27, 2016
In an annual ritual, hundreds of thousands of students took the SAT this spring as they made their first steps toward applying to college. But they were not the only ones being tested... ..
More colleges vote ‘No Confidence’ in standardized tests
DC College Admissions Examiner - June 27, 2016
Earlier this month, Columbia University joined a large and growing group of colleges and universities expressing little or no confidence in standardized tests used for college admissions.. ..
Writing the ISEE or SSAT Essay - finding your creative spark
NY Test Prep Examiner - June 9, 2016
Most students applying to competitive private high schools will take either the ISEE or the SSAT. Both exams are about three hours long with two short breaks, and include sections testing verbal skills (vocabulary-based questions), reading comprehension and math. ..
Does high school GPA better predict college success than ACT or SAT?
Atlanta Journal Constitution - June 16, 2016
A new survey by the National Association for College Admissions Counseling survey raises questions about the use of the ACT and SAT in college admission decisions. ..
Can You Answer These Questions From the Original SAT?
TIME - June 20, 2016
Ninety years ago this week, college-bound students took the very first SAT. The College Board created the Scholastic Aptitude Test to give universities a uniform way of evaluating applicants and to simplify the admissions process for students.. ..
Getting In Episode 9D: The True Value of SAT II and AP Scores, Plus Why Volunteering Matters
Slate - Podcast - June 9, 2016
How important are SAT II scores to admissions officers? Which is more valuable a good grade in an AP class or the score on the exam? What's your advice to students applying from abroad? Does volunteering matter? ..
Leaked ACT college admissions test canceled hours before students were to take it
Washington Post - Jun 10, 2016
The ACT — the most widely used college admissions exam — was canceled for thousands of test takers planning to take it in South Korea and Hong Kong on Saturday after it was found to have been leaked in advance....
How Many SAT II Subject Tests Should You Take? College Counseling 101
Huffington Post - Jun 6, 2016
Many parents and students come to us at Synocate and ask us a few questions about SAT II subject tests. Over time, the subject tests have become increasingly important for college admissions. ..
Why The New SAT Format Could Mean The Famous College Exam Is Dying
IB Times - Jun 3, 2016
Thirty years ago, before she was a successful lawyer with her own practice in San Francisco, Eunice Chang had to take the SAT like everyone else. Armed with a practice book, she studied obscure vocabulary, solved elaborate equations and soaked up advice . ..
Students Who Benefit From Test-Optional, Test-Flexible Admissions
US News - Jun 6, 2016
In some ways, it is possible to state that the U.S. has a passion for academic testing. With a simple standardized exam, a complex human can be distilled to several numbers...
I Took The SAT. Here's What I Learned.
Forbes - Jun 5, 2016
As I write this, tens of thousands of high school students are hunched over desks, filling in little circles with number 2 pencils, laboring to complete the SAT, a test that will have an outsize impact on where they go to college ..
SAT vs. ACT: College Board And ACT Locked In A Dispute Over College Testing Scores' Differences
Parent Herald - May 27, 2016
The ACT and the College Board are locked in a disagreement over the two rival college admission tests in the United States. The ACT has questioned the College Board over its interpretation on scores based on the revised SAT standard.. ..
College Connection: Why students should do the new “optional” SAT essay
MyCentralJersey.com - May 27, 2016
In re-designing the SAT, one of the biggest changes College Board made was to place the essay at the end of the test and make it “optional.” . ..
Why The SAT And ACT Should Worry About This New Anti-Common Core Alternative
Forbes - May 26, 2016
In December 2015, the Every Student Succeeds Act (ESSA) swept through Congress, largely unopposed by leaders on both sides of the aisle. It is perhaps the only piece of legislation during Pres. Barack Obama’s time in office that appears to have pleased politicians of every persuasion. ..
Tell Your Teens To Read Forbes; This Stuff Is On The SATs
Forbes - May 31, 2016
If you’re a college-bound teen — or have one in your household — you know everyone’s buzzing about the redesign of America’s best-known college entrance exam, the SAT. ..
How Important are SAT and ACT for college admissions?
Huffington Post - May 20, 2016
One of the most frequent questions we get at Synocate is how important academics are for college admissions. Specifically, many students ask us about standardized tests and GPA. In this article, we will break down the frequently asked questions about standardized tests, . ..
hy Test-Optional Colleges are Too Good to Be True
TeenLife Blog - May 23, 2016
Not every student tests well. Some excel in completing tests and others struggle with the time constraints and stress, even if they take a college test-prep course or have a tutor. But standardized tests like the SAT and ACT are often one of the key components of a college application ..
College Admissions: 700 is the New 670 on SAT
GoLocalProv College Admissions - May 16, 2016
Last week, the Collegeboard released the first round of its newly designed SAT scores to students, along with head spinning concordance tables to counselors across the country. . ..
Discord on Test Scores
Inside Higher Ed - May 16, 2016
ACT accuses College Board of jumping the gun in explaining how to compare scores on the new SAT. Many debate impact of seemingly higher SAT scores under new test. . ..
College Testing Wars are Building. How Can Students Find Peace?
Huffington Post - May 17, 2016
It was supposed to be a quiet week in college admissions, but a story was rumbling beneath the typical spring headlines of “Colleges Receive Record Apps” last week that, if left unchecked, could trash the serene summer of many a rising senior—and it all has to do with guessing . ..
How Hard Is the New SAT?
The Atlantic - May 12, 2016
SAT scores were released on Tuesday, more than two months after the first administration of the revamped exam and years after the media started to speculate about the new test’s difficulty. And it turns out that, after years of stagnation, the scores have gone up—rather significantly.. ...
Getting In Episode 8C: Should I Take the SAT or the ACT?
Slate - May 6, 2016
Host Julie Lythcott-Haims and expert Amy Young talk about decision season and what happens when a student sends a deposit to one school but decides in the eleventh hour to attend a different one.. ..
How to mimic testing situations to prep for the ACT
USA Today - College  - May 9, 2016
When teaching test prep, I tell all of my students that testing is as much about the action of taking the test as it is about concepts on it. It’s a physical and mental slog, and the only way you can truly be prepared is to have experience with testing conditions. ...
College Board releases conversion tool comparing old and new SAT
DC College Admissions Examiner  - May 9, 2016
There’s lots of news coming out of the College Board this week. As promised, scores for the first administration of the new or “redesigned” SAT are on track for release tomorrow....
Scores for new SAT are out. But how do they compare to the old one and the ACT?
Washington Post  - May 10, 2016
The scores for the very first administration of the brand new SAT are out, and students, parents and counselors are busy trying to figure out what they mean. ...
Podcasts Reuters Investigates: Gaming the SAT
Reuters  - Apr 27, 2016
As the first international sitting of the redesigned SAT approaches, the new Reuters Investigates podcast explores why the College Board’s efforts to curb cheating on the standardized test remain in questio...
Everything you ever wanted to know about SAT Subject Tests
Charlotte Observer  - May 1, 2016
Here’s everything you’ll ever need to know about SAT Subject Tests: SAT Subject Tests provide an opportunity for students to demonstrate their knowledge of a specific subject and they help colleges understand different strengths a student ...
Op-Ed Why the new SAT isn't as transparent as the College Board wants you to believe
Los Angeles Times  - Apr 29, 2016
Several hundred thousand high school students will take the second administration of the new SAT on May 7. Students who took the first offering on March 5 are still waiting for their scores, ...
Mastering Math for the new SAT
NY Test Prep Examiner  - Apr 24, 2016
With the introduction of the redesigned test this year, SAT math has changed tremendously, and most students agree that it is significantly more difficult overall. Yes, the error penalty is gone and you only have to choose from four answer choices ...
Manage Time Wisely on the ACT Writing Test
US News  - Apr 25, 2016
Time management can be challenging for students taking the optional ACT writing test. Rather than asking an open-ended question or for an opinion on a particular statement, ...
Khan Academy, College Board create an SAT practice program, but impact unclear
EdSource  - Apr 21, 2016
Ten students, most of them 11th-graders striving to become the first in their families to attend college, gathered recently for an after-school program at the Boys and Girls Club in San Pedro ...
Five SAT exams were given using exact same questions and answers available online for more than a year
NY Daily News  - Apr 23, 2016
At least five times in the past three years, U.S. high school students were administered SAT tests that included questions and answers widely available online more than a year before they took the exam, a Reuters analysis shows....
What do test-optional admissions really look like?
eCampusnews  - Apr 15, 2016
The number of schools that “de-emphasize” the ACT and SAT in admissions decisions in U.S. News & World Report Best Colleges Guide (2016 Edition) currently exceeds 200—an indication that the “test optional” college campu...
SAT advice from an expert: Keep calm and bubble on
Spokane College Examiner  - Apr 15, 2016
The spring is flying by, and many high school juniors are prepping for the SAT and ACT tests taking place soon. With the advent of the redesigned SAT, studying for these tests has taken a dramatic turn.....
3 Ways Parents Can Support Teens Ahead of AP, IB Exams
U.S. News & World Report  - Apr 19, 2016
Summer vacation and graduation are on the horizon for high schoolers in May, but first, many have to make it past one more hurdle: Advanced Placement and International Baccalaureate testing....
SAT advice from an expert: Keep calm and bubble on
NewsWorks  - Apr 11, 2016
WESTPHALIA, MI - It’s sharpened pencil and bubble sheet season across Michigan, as high school juniors gear up to take a redesigned SAT Tuesday....
SAT to the rescue? Why Delaware and other states are embracing a new role for an old test
NewsWorks  - Apr 13, 2016
n April 12, Delaware's high school juniors will take a standardized test. That in itself isn't remarkable. Every year millions of kids across the country take statewide standardized tests. It's a fact few students enjoy, and some adults decry....
Even parents stressed by standardized testing season
Chicago Tribune  - Apr 11, 2016
ong with the arrival of baseball and season-ending injuries to Cubs players selected at random by cruel fate, April is the season of standardized testing. This would explain the shouts of joy emerging from households across the county....
Beware colleges where SATs are now optional
Chicago Tribune - Mar 31, 2016
A reader writes: "My counselor told me that many colleges are dropping the SAT and ACT and becoming test optional. She pointed out even Stanford does not require tests beyond the SAT or ACT. While Stanford now recommends submitting SAT Subject tests, they are no longer required."..
Rejected by Colleges, SAT and ACT Gain High School Acceptance
New York Times - Apr 6, 2016
The SAT and the ACT, bugaboos of generations of college applicants, were supposed to shrink in significance as more colleges and universities moved away from requiring standardized test scores for admission....
Students React to New SAT College Entrance Exam
VOA - Apr 6, 2016
The new SAT college entrance exam has arrived. In March, hundreds of thousands of high school students took the redesigned test. The exam is getting some positive reviews from some early test-takers....
4 Important Facts for Parents, Students About the PreACT
US News - Apr 4, 2016
High schoolers will soon have another way to prepare for the ACT: the PreACT. The PreACT, announced last month, will primarily serve as a practice test for the ACT college entrance exam, and is geared toward 10th-graders, says Paul Weeks, senior vice president for client relations at ACT, the organization behind the two exams...
As SAT was hit by security breaches, College Board went ahead with tests that had leaked
Reuters Investigates - Mar 28, 2016
Part One: Internal documents show that the U.S. college entrance exam has been compromised in Asia far more often than acknowledged. And the newly redesigned SAT retains a key vulnerability that the test-prep industry has exploited for years.. ..
ACT, CollegeWeekLive Partner To Put Students in Touch with Admissions Officers
The Journal - Mar 28, 2016
ACT and CollegeWeekLive have partnered to integrate the latter's chat application directly with ACT Profile to allow students to chat with college admissions representatives while researching schools. ... ..
PreACT Test, to Help Students Prepare for ACT, Will Debut This Year
Chronicle of Higher Ed - Mar 22, 2016
ACT Inc. will offer a new multiple-choice examination for 10th graders this fall, the Iowa-based organization announced on Tuesday. Designed to help students prepare for the ACT exam. ..
When Retaking the SAT Makes Sense
US News - Mar 21, 2016
This month, the College Board debuted its much-discussed redesigned SAT. As you update your test-taking strategies, also consider the circumstances in which you would retake the SAT. Though retaking the test involves a second infusion of time and money, it is worth it in these three instances. ..
Newly redesigned SAT college entrance exam gets good reviews
Boston Globe - Mar 4, 2016
Demand for private tutoring is largely driven by the desire of parents to see their kids gain an edge in the classroom and competitive college admissions, .. ..
Newly redesigned SAT college entrance exam gets good reviews
Pittsburgh Post-Gazette - Mar 5, 2016
WASHINGTON — Not so tricky. More straightforward. Guessing allowed. The newly redesigned SAT college entrance exam that debuts nationally today is getting good reviews from some of the students who took it early this week.. ..
Students Across U.S. Take New SAT A) Saturday B) Sunday C) None Of The Above
NPR.org - Mar 5, 2016
Ready your pencils. This morning, across America, the redesigned version of the SAT — the standardized entrance exam widely used in college admissions — is being administered for the first time. ..
The new SAT: The verdict is --
CNN.com - Mar 7, 2016
(CNN)If you heard a mysterious sound last weekend, it was probably the collective exhale from nearly 300,000 students across the country, relieved to be finished with the SAT -- a new version that had undergone its biggest changes in a decade, maybe ever...
What Teens Think of the New SAT
The Collge Solution Blog - Mar 7, 2016
The College Board is about to unveil its newly redesigned SAT college admissions test, with the first students set to take it next Saturday. We already know a lot about the new exam, which was designed to align heavily with the Common Core ..
College Board adds unexpected experimental section to ‘some’ SATs
DC College Admissions Examiner - Mar 4, 2016
Thanks to some terrific reporting from Valerie Strauss, of the Washington POST and excellent follow-up by Catherine Gewertz, of Education Week, we now know that the College Board will be adding a fifth, entirely unexpected, section to the “redesigned” SAT (rSAT) administered to some students taking the new test for the first time tomorrow. ..
Something you should know about the new SAT
Washington Post - Feb 27, 2016
The College Board is about to unveil its newly redesigned SAT college admissions test, with the first students set to take it next Saturday. We already know a lot about the new exam, which was designed to align heavily with the Common Core ..
College Board moves to stop test prep providers from taking new SAT on March 5
Washington Post - Mar 1, 2016
It'ss no secret that test prep professionals like to take the exams they try to coach students to ace, and for many years have signed up to take the SAT and ACT (as well as other admissions exams). But some test prep providers have just received e-mails from the College Board telling them that even though they signed ..
Reflections on the new SAT
ACCIS AdmitAll blog - Feb 29, 2016
The last time College Board announced a new SAT, I was wrapping up my first year as an admissions counselor at the University of Maryland. When my supervisor asked for a volunteer to become a “resident expert” on standardized test changes,. ..
The new SAT is A) a big change B) still important C) controversial D) all of the above
KFOR - Feb 27, 2016
My list of reasons that I’m glad I’m not back in high school just got a bit longer: I can add not having to take the new SAT.. ..
College Admissions Experts Describe Unease Over New SAT
Harvard Crimson - Mar 1, 2016
The first administration of the revised SAT exam will take place this Saturday, and college admissions experts remain unsure as to whether students have been able to adequately prepare for the new test.. ..
New SAT Requires Updated Test-Day Techniques
US News - Feb 29, 2016
With the SAT undergoing a series of fundamental changes this year, many test-day techniques that were previously effective will need to be re-evaluated – though not necessarily reinvented completely. Performing well on the SAT involves many steps,. ..
Top schools are seeing many more ACT scores
DC College Admissions Examiner - Feb 29, 2016
For more than half a century, the ACT ran a distant second to the SAT in the college admissions test-taking race. It was the “We Try Harder,” entrance exam—popular in the Midwest and the South but hardly worthy of notice on either coast.. ..
Don't Fall For These Five Misconceptions about the SAT and ACT
NBC News - Feb 23, 2016
Few college prep experiences cause more anxiety than the SAT and ACT tests. And the only thing that can make that anxiety worse is not knowing what's true and what's just a rumor about how your standardized test results will affect your college applications.. . ..
What students should expect on the newly redesigned SAT exam on March 5
Canada Universities Examiner - Feb 23, 2016
High school students intending to take the newly redesigned SAT exam on March 5, 2016, are facing an unknown exam, which their future depends on. Although much has been discussed and published about the College Board's changes to the exam most focuses. . ..
Obscure SAT Vocab Words Are Out, and Here’s What They’re Being Replaced With
TIME - Feb 19, 2016
Starting March 5, college-bound students will take a new version of the SAT. There’s some concern about whether students are prepared for the new exam—and probably a fair share of anxiety among the soon-to-be test takers. . ..
Karin Klein: Applying to college is now big business
Sacramento Bee - Feb 22, 2016
A college professor friend whose older daughter is at Harvard literally threw up her hands in frustration about the new PSAT, imploring me to explain it after her younger child had just received her scores. ..
A free, personal tutor for one college admissions exam. But will it work?
Hechinger Report  - Feb 17, 2016
The regular registration deadline has already passed for students interested in taking the March sitting of the redesigned SAT, but there is still time to register late, or for one of the other SATs being held this spring. ..
Don't freak out about taking the redesigned SAT
USA Today  - Feb 12, 2016
The regular registration deadline has already passed for students interested in taking the March sitting of the redesigned SAT, but there is still time to register late, or for one of the other SATs being held this spring. ..
Lower-Than-Anticipated ACT Writing Scores Add Further Stress to Admissions Process
Education World  - Feb 12, 2016
The anxiety behind the college admissions process is heightened for some students who have received lower scores on the college admission test, the ACT, after a change in the writing portion.. ..
Who Benefits From the New Summer SAT?
The Atlantic  - Feb 4, 2016
Last week, the College Board, which administers the SAT, quietly released the exam’s schedule for the next three years. It contained big news: For the first time since the mid ‘70s, students will have the option to take the test in the summer....
Don't Make These Mistakes During SAT, ACT Prep
US News  - Feb 8, 2016
When it comes to scoring well on the ACT or SAT, there is no easy path to success. Students must put in a great deal of time, effort and research to meet their target scores – but even the brightest of students can get tripped up by common mistakes......
What's wrong with the new SAT?
NY Test Prep Examiner  - Feb 9, 2016
As discussed in a recent New York Times article, "New, Reading-Heavy SAT Has Students Worried," there are radical changes in the new SAT that make it different from anything that came before. The College Board's stated purpose for the changes just veil commercial reality:......
Why the Newly Redesigned SAT Is Stressing Out Some Students
Teen Vogue  - Feb 9, 2016
The decision to take either the SAT or ACT is about to get a whole lot more difficult. The College Board, who are responsible for both exams, has just rolled out their re-design of the SAT — and not everyone is excited about the changes.......
How to choose between the ACT and SAT
USA Today  - Feb 1, 2016
Both the ACT and SAT have rolled out some changes recently, and the changes are making the tests more similar to each other than previous incarnations. However, the changes do not mean that the ACT and SAT have become interchangeable.....
Will the College Admissions Test Disappear?
Bloomberg  - Feb 3, 2016
In March, the first group of American high school juniors will sit for a newly overhauled Scholastic Aptitude Test (SAT) that features more time for fewer questions, among other changes. But even with a makeover, the test, administered by the College Board, may have lost some of its power to determine a student’s academic future.....
Interpreting the new PSAT scores
Charlotte Observer  - Feb 1, 2016
The October PSAT was the first introduction to the “new” SAT which will debut in March. Students were recently able to retrieve their scores online at College Board and they should receive paper copies of their score reports within the next week....
New SAT: 'No more tricks'
Philadelphia Inquirer  - Feb 1, 2016
Last year Yaseena Ali, now a 16-year-old junior at Upper Merion High School, invested precious weekend hours in a time-honored ritual for the college-bound youth of America: studying flash cards of abstruse vocabulary words - such as abstruse....
A History Of The SAT In 4 Questions
NPR.org  - Jan 22, 2016
This weekend, college hopefuls will line up for the last time to take the SAT. That is, at least, the current version of the famous college entrance exam. The SAT, which remains a pillar of college admissions, has gotten a serious makeover (its first since 2005), and a new test will roll out in March....
What’s the difference between the SAT and the ACT?
MyCentralJersey  - Jan 26, 2016
High school students planning on attending college know that a standardized college admission exam lies in their future. For almost a century, the test of choice was the SAT. It was created in 1926 to allow college-bound students to take one entrance exam ...
Do SATs Or ACTs Predict Anything Colleges Need To Know?
Forbes  - Jan 22, 2016
To pull back the standardized testing curtain and reveal that the Coke/Pepsi SAT/ACT are about as “great and powerful” as the Wizard of Oz , I reached out to Bill Hiss, because he has studied the matter so closely....
10 ways the SAT will change in 2016
USA Today  - Jan 4, 2016
The College Board will be launching a revamped SAT test in March, with promises to strengthen the test’s predictive validity and more closely reflect the skills that college students really need. While many of the changes make sense...
2015 PSAT/NMSQT® scores debut tomorrow (Today)
DC College Admissions Examiner  - Jan 6, 2016
Results from the first test in the newly redesigned College Board suite of assessments officially made their way to high school counseling offices today, and PSAT/NMSQT® scores from October will publicly debut for student review tomorrow—January 7, 2016...
The SAT, now the No. 2 college test, pushes to reclaim supremacy
Washington Post  - Dec 24, 2015
The SAT, once the nation’s dominant college admission exam, fell behind the ACT in recent years after its rival locked up huge swaths of the market through contracts to provide testing in public schools and more students in the Washington area and elsewhere realized that top colleges and universities would accept either test....
The redesigned SAT: What parents & students should know
Charlotte Observer  - Jan 4, 2016
Some west-central Illinois school superintendents say they are frustrated by the state’s decision to switch from the ACT to the SAT to test student college readiness, mostly because many colleges still rely on the old test for determining who to accept...
Three letters — ACT or SAT — a big challenge
EdWeek MyJournalCourier.com  - Jan 3, 2016
Some west-central Illinois school superintendents say they are frustrated by the state’s decision to switch from the ACT to the SAT to test student college readiness, mostly because many colleges still rely on the old test for determining who to accept...
As New SAT Looms, Students Opt for Multiple College-Entrance Tests
EdWeek (registration required)  - Dec 22, 2015
With the rollout of the redesigned SAT coming in March, this year’s high school juniors face a dilemma: Should they take the current SAT, the new SAT, the ACT—or some combination of all three?..
ACT score reports delayed by excessive humidity
DC College Admissions Examiner  - Dec 20, 2015
Sometimes you just have to laugh. In an application season plagued with reporting snafus caused by faulty technology and some incredibly bad planning, ACT has come up with the most inventive reason yet for scoring delays....
The Princeton Review shares 5 reasons you should take BOTH the ACT and the SAT
HamletHub  - Dec 22, 2015
Want to increase your college admissions options but cut down on stress? Learn why taking both the SAT and ACT exams is a smart choice....
PSAT scores delayed as College Board drops the ball—again
DC College Admissions Examiner  - Dec 14, 2015
In the first real test of the new suite of standardized assessments the College Board hopes to sell to school systems, colleges and college applicants, bugs in score reports are resulting in delays in providing the first new PSAT score results to students....
Top myths about retaking standardized tests
Tutoring Examiner  - Dec 14, 2015
Taking the ACT, SAT, or any other standardized test is stressful. This is one reason why many students shudder at the thought of sitting for a standardized exam again. However, if you do not initially earn the score you need, retaking a standardized test may be unavoidable...
5 Ways to Update Your Guessing Strategy on the New SAT
US News  - Dec 7, 2015
While it is critical to prepare for the SAT, chances are you will still run into some questions that you cannot easily answer. On the current SAT, you pay a price for wrong answers – a quarter of a point per incorrect response. ...
The Ever-Changing Landscape of Standardized Testing for College Admissions
HuffingtonPost  - Dec 7, 2015
It's been nearly 90 years since the first Scholastic Aptitude Test was administered in 1926. Originally intended to help identify academically gifted students from underprivileged backgrounds...
The College Board Under David Coleman: Bad for SAT Business
HuffingtonPost  - Dec 7, 2015
In 2009, the College Board was one of three nonprofits that were listed by name on the memorandum of understanding (MOU) to develop the Common Core State Standards (CCSS). (The other two were Achieve, Inc., and ACT.)...
For Dyslexic Test-Takers, the New SAT Is Even Worse
Education News by Noodle - Nov 25, 2015
Advance reviews of the revised SAT are in — and things don’t look good for some students. The New York Times recently published an article that offered an early glimpse of the upcoming changes. With Common Core-inspired, evidence-based reading and writing sections and the elimination of penalties for guessing,....
Changes to ACT Require More Studying for Better Scores
KFYR-TV - Nov 25, 2015
If you're planning on going to college next year or if you're the parent of a high school senior, you'll want to know about new changes to the ACT test. For some the score they receive can be the difference between getting into their dream school and even getting scholarships...
Power of impressive SAT scores goes beyond college
MyCentralJersey - Nov 27, 2015
Jeff Bezos, the billionaire founder and CEO of Amazon, is one of the most famous advocates of using SAT scores in the hiring process. “Hiring only the best and brightest was key to Amazon’s success,” claimed Bezos, who himself scored highly on standardized tests from the time he was a young child.....
Caution Urged For States Using College-Entrance Exams for Accountability
EdWeek (registration required) - Dec 1, 2015
You might have heard that some states are choosing to use a college-entrance exam instead of an end-of-year or end-of-course test in high school. This is one of the major trends—with a potentially big impact—identified in a new report about the changing assessment landscape.....
Current SAT vs. New SAT: Which Should I Take?
Forbes - Nov 19, 2015
The 2015-16 school year is a unique one for the SAT because students in the class of 2017 — today’s juniors — have the option of taking two different versions of the exam....
Which Test Is It Better to Take -- The New SAT or the Current One?
Huffington Post - Nov 24, 2015
Many students are asking the question should I take the current SAT or the ACT or take the New SAT which will be offered in March 2016. Some things you should know about the current ACT and New SAT both of which are quite similar.....
FREE downloadable guide to college admissions testing
DC College Admissions Examiner - Nov 20, 2015
A remarkable aspect of the college admissions industry that often gets unnoticed is the degree to which experts in the field are willing to freely share information and resources in an effort to level the playing field a little bit for applicants and their families....
Gilmore Girls: A Case Study in Discussing Your PSAT, SAT and ACT Scores With Classmates
Huffington Post - Nov 23, 2015
When I was in high school, The WB (now CW) premiered the television show Gilmore Girls. These days, it's available for bingeing on Netflix. In real-time during its original run, the character Rory Gilmore was a grade ahead of me in school:....
SAT REMAINS A VALUABLE PART OF ADMISSIONS PROCESS
Daily Texan Online - Nov 22, 2015
A remarkable aspect of the college admissions industry that often gets unnoticed is the degree to which experts in the field are willing to freely share information and resources in an effort to level the playing field a little bit for applicants and their families....
Should You Take the SAT or the ACT?
TIME - Nov 5, 2015
It's no longer an "either/or" question in many families, this new survey finds. For many college-bound students today, the question of whether to take the ACT or the SAT seems to have gotten a whole lot easier. They’re just taking both....
Students should brace for longer, more difficult SAT
News Observer - Nov 12, 2015
Students across the country are preparing for a new, more challenging SAT that will debut in March, 2016 the first major revision of the college admissions exam in a decade....
The Ultimate Guide to SAT Subject Tests
Her Campus - Nov 3, 2015
?As an upperclassman in high school (soon to be collegiette!), you are likely berated with the same question from your teachers, parents and friends on a daily basis: Where are you thinking of going to college? As you try to figure out which school is the best for you, how to apply...
The new SAT: Who’s keeping score?
Poughkeepsie Journal - Oct 30, 2015
Oct. 3, was the day for No. 2 pencils and compounded teenage angst, and marked the first weekend of testing for the 2015 fall SAT. The Scholastic Aptitude Test is a major point of contention for prospective college students in need of high scores to impress college admissions...
SAT snafu could leave many college applications incomplete
MarketWatch - Nov 3, 2015
As if applying to college wasn’t stressful enough already. Teens who took pains to get their early-decision applications to colleges by Nov. 1 may be disappointed to find that their colleges didn’t receive their SAT scores by the deadline....
4 Vocabulary Strategies for the Redesigned SAT
US News - Oct 26, 2015
?By now, you are likely well aware that the SAT will change in 2016. These changes will not be cosmetic – the new exam prizes complex understanding rather than rote memorization ...
Colleges cope differently with ACT headache
DC College Admissions Examiner - Oct 15, 2015
The complaints began with a vague rumble. While ACT scores were coming in slightly slower than in previous years, the Writing portion of the test was taking much longer. ...
ACT urges students to send ‘screenshots’ of scores to colleges
DC College Admissions Examiner - Oct 22, 2015
In what could be one of the bigger fails in the history of standardized testing, ACT executives today announced that scores from the September test could in many cases be delayed beyond deadlines for this year’s early college applications..
Why the new SAT is spooking high school students
CBS News MarketWatch  - Oct 15, 2015
The prospect of taking the SAT or ACT has been stress-inducing for millions of American teenagers over the years, but the angst is even more palpable this year for high school juniors....
New SAT prompts a scramble as students worry about which admission test to take
Washington Post - Oct 15, 2015
Like millions of college-bound juniors, Tatiana Davidson faces a stressful question this fall with an unusually tricky set of possible answers: Which college admissions exam should she take?.....
Will the new SAT earn higher scores? (+video)
The Christian Science Monitor  - Oct 14, 2015
More than a million high-schoolers packed up their pencils, calculators, and ID Wednesday to take the PSAT, the “preliminary” SAT exam that prepares students for the real deal. But while some students may fret ove...
Here's Why Some Experts Recommend You Take the ACT Instead of the SAT — But Only If You're a Junior
Seventeen Magazine - Oct 15, 2015
If you're deciding between the SAT and the ACT, listen up: Some college admissions experts recommend that you have a better shot at a high score with the ACT if you're currently a junior in the Class of 2017. Here's why.....
A Close Look at the New SAT
The College Solution Blog  - Oct 7 2015
By our appraisal, the revised SAT is superior in most every way to the current SAT. It is a more rigorous test, and it is more aligned with college-level thinking, reading, and writing...
Does the PSAT Really Matter?
Forbes  - Oct 7 2015
Every October, in classrooms and cafeterias all across the country, high school juniors and precocious sophomores gather to take the PSAT. Short for “preliminary SAT,” the PSAT is an abbreviated version of the infamous SAT...
College Corner: New And Improved PSAT Test
Cape News  - Oct 7 2015
One of the first steps on the journey toward attending college is taking the PSAT (Preliminary Scholastic Aptitude Test). All juniors (sophomores now take it in the spring) who are thinking of attending a four-year college should sign up for the test...
Surprisingly Few Urban High School Students Take The ACT Or SAT
NPR.org  - Oct 7 2015
Waking up early on a Saturday. Sharpened No. 2 pencils and a calculator. For teenagers headed to a four-year college, taking a standardized entrance exam such as the ACT and SAT is typically a requirement. But it's far from a universal experience. ..
How the PSAT Could Save You Thousands in College Costs
TIME  - Oct 6, 2015
Students who do well on the PSAT can be eligible for several types of scholarships. With most of today’s high school students taking several high-stakes standardized tests before graduation, a so-called “practice test” might seem insignificant. ..
SAT Essay Losing Steam Among Admissions Officers
The Journal  - Oct 5 2015
University admissions officers are ho-hum about the essay question. According to a survey of 300 colleges and universities, only a handful of them will expect applicants to submit their score from the new SAT's essay section. ..
Should Juniors Take the New SAT Test?
Charlotte Observer  - Oct 5 2015
Should juniors in high school take the new SAT test? This is a question that many 11th graders are stressing out about as the rollout for the new SAT approaches. The dramatically overhauled test will make its premiere on March 5, 2016. ..
October is all about standardized testing and, for many, all about test anxiety
Charlotte Observer  - Sep 28 2015
October is a big month for testing: The SAT is offered on Oct. 3 and the ACT is offered on Oct. 24. Additionally, nearly all high school juniors across the nation will be taking the PSAT on Oct. 14, and many other sophomores and juniors will be taking the PLAN ..
Results of Removing Standardized Test Scores From College Admissions
Huffington Post  - Sep 24 2015
You won't find our college in the U.S. News & Word Report "Best Colleges" rankings released this month. Last year Hampshire College decided not to accept SAT/ACT test scores from high school applicants seeking admission. That got us kicked off the rankings, disqualified us, per U.S. News rankings criteria. That's OK with us. ..
It's time for admissions to stop requiring the SAT completely
Daily Trojan - Sep 20, 2015
Cornell College joined a growing number of U.S. universities last week in dropping the SAT or ACT as a requirement in admissions. Given that studies show that the ability of standardized tests to accurately predict ...
How the College Board changed its standardized testing approach
Education Dive - Sep 22, 2015
From the frequency of its use to the high stakes attached to it, standardized testing is among the biggest hot-button topics in education today. T...
Retaking the SAT or ACT
Spokane College Examiner - Sep 11, 2015
The school year has started and for many seniors the panic of applying to college is setting in. Part of the anxiety it caused by the prospect of submitting standardized test scores for admission consideration. ...
How to successfully balance SAT prep and schoolwork
SAT Prep Examiner - Sep 10, 2015
Preparing for the SAT is a massive undertaking. Unfortunately for the high school junior or senior who is readying for this standardized test, “real life” does not stop. You must still attend your classes and extracurriculars, ...
New SAT: a help or hindrance to college admissions?
Poughkeepsie Journal - Sep 6, 2015
These days, the “new” SAT is a very hot topic in the college admission world. In case you don’t keep up with this stuff, the SAT has undergone a total revision. Its latest iteration, which will make its debut in March, is causing quite a stir among college admission officers. ...
Here’s the SAT Score You Need to Beat
TIME - Aug 26, 2015
If you want to be better than average. Members of the high school Class of 2015 performed no better on their SATs than students in the class before them, continuing a six-year streak in which average scores either fell or held steady, according to a report released today. ...
Uh oh...bad news on SAT test results
DC College Admissions Examiner - Aug 26, 2015
Teenagers who took the SAT test during the latest standardized testing season performed worse on the controversial test than they have in many years. ...
What the new SAT scores reveal about modern school reform
Washington Post - Aug 26, 2015
The newly released scores on the SAT college admissions test turned out to be the lowest since the exam was redesigned in 2005. My Post colleague Nick Anderson wrote in this story that the “test results show that gains in reading . ...
15 colleges and 15 different policies on new writing tests
DC College Admissions Examiner - Aug 26, 2015
For many colleges and universities, the jury is still out as to the overall usefulness of the essay component of the new or “redesigned” SAT (rSAT), scheduled for its first administration in March 2016. ...
High School Teachers Dish on Why ACT Scores Aren't Improving
US News - Aug 31, 2015
Student achievement on the ACT, the popular college admissions test, hasn't improved in years. The national average ACT composite score for graduating high school students in 2015 was 21 out of a possible 36, according to the organizer's annual report on college and career readiness, released last week. This average has remained roughly ...
ACT’s President Answers a Few Final Questions Before Putting Down His Pencil
Chronicle of Higher Ed - Aug 27, 2015
When Jon Erickson joined the ACT, in 1984, the college-admissions process was not yet a front-page fixation. These days, he can’t go to a dinner party without anxious parents asking him to explain the secret recipe for conquering the ACT and getting into a big-name college....
Test anxiety awaits rollout of the new SAT
Boston Globe - Aug 20, 2015
Like thousands of high school students around the country, Emma Cubellis of Kingston has no idea what to expect when she sits down to take the redesigned SAT next spring....
College admissions just got harder with changing standardized test policies
DC College Admissions Examiner - Aug 24, 2015
One of the biggest surprises of the summer has been how many colleges and universities are already turning their backs on the new essay or writing section of the “redesigned” SAT (rSAT), set to debut in March 2016.....
ACT president: ‘Relax. Tests don’t define us, nor do they determine our future.’
DC College Admissions Examiner - Aug 26, 2015
ACT President Jon Erickson, who has spent three decades in the testing field, is retiring on Sept. 1 after four years in his position. Erickson, 61, answered questions from The Washington Post as the nonprofit organization.....
What you need to know about Test-Optional Admissions
DC College Admissions Examiner - Aug 24, 2015
An iconic year, even by the standards of its iconic decade, 1969 teems with momentous events in America’s cultural history: the moon landing, Woodstock, the Amazin’ Mets, and the start of American withdrawal from Vietnam.....
Will the ‘rush’ to the ACT result in a rush to seats at overbooked test centers?
DC College Admissions Examiner - Aug 12, 2015
Changes to the SAT, set to debut in March 2016, could very well result in a bonanza for the ACT. Already the most popular college entrance exam administered in the United States, ...
IECs overwhelmingly recommend ACT for Class of 2017
DC College Prep Examiner - Aug 12, 2015
Upcoming changes to the SAT, scheduled to debut in March 2016, are affecting advice independent educational consultants (IECs) give their students about which college entrance exams to take—the “old” SAT, the “redesigned” SAT, or the ACT,....
SAT and ACT Prep: When Should You Start?
TeenLife Blog - Aug 12, 2015
The SAT and ACT have somehow earned monster status in the minds of most high school students. Need proof? “My daughter is a great student - but she’s not a very good tester.”....
SAT and ACT Less Important for College Admissions?
WDTV - Aug 14, 2015
Standardized testing has become commonplace in our academic culture. And, when it comes to college admissions, the SAT and the ACT have both been used to judge college potential. But, some colleges and universities are looking less at these tests and more at other things....
Don't study for the SAT or ACT this summer
Minneapolis College Admissions Examiner  - Jun 24, 2015
What? I shouldn’t utilize my summer to improve my score for the central, often required college admission examination? The title is a bit misleading, as I do advise students to use their summer time to prepare for these examinations ...
ACT announces changes to college reports that could drive admissions decisions
DC College Admissions Examiner  - Jun 22, 2015
About a year ago, the ACT organization announced what appeared to be subtle changes for 2015-16, mainly in the Writing section of the test. In a carefully worded news release, ACT described changes starting with the September 2015 test as, ...
Hone Analysis Skills for Success on the Redesigned SAT Essay
US News  - Jun 22, 2015
One often discussed characteristic of the redesigned SAT is its increased focus on comprehension and analysis rather than rote memorization and recollection. This is especially true of the new essay section....
Preparing for the new PSAT examination
Tyler Morning Telegraph  - Jun 22, 2015
The PSAT, given in October every year, is always an important test for high school juniors, and to a lesser extent, sophomores. But this year, it’s even more critical — so much so that I recommend that every eligible high school student who’s even thinking about attending college really should take the PSAT this fall....
College Board to offer free SAT after administering exam with faulty instructions
USA Today College  - Jun 23, 2015
The College Board has announced that it will allow high school students who took the SAT the June 6 exam to take the October 3 exam for free, after the organization had to discount two sections of the June exam due to incorrect instructions for those parts....
College Admissions: SAT Plagued With Issues
GoLocalProv College Admissions - Jun 15, 2015
Students prepare for weeks, months, and some for years. Parents can spend hundreds or even thousands of dollars on tutors and prep courses. Then, SAT test day arrives. There is an assumption that the test administration will run smoothly; that assumption is flawed ....
College Board waiving fee for students who took June 6 SAT and want to take it again
Washington Post - Jun 16, 2015
The College Board said late Monday night that it will now waive fees for any student in the United States who took the June 6 SAT but wants to retake it because of irregularities with the administration of the exam. ....
Should juniors to take the current SAT to avoid taking the redesigned SAT?
NY Test Prep Examiner - Jun 15, 2015
In March 2016, a "redesigned" SAT will replace the "new" SAT that has been in place since its last redesign in 2004. Heralding the rollout of this exam, the "redesigned" PSAT will be offered in October 2015 to all sophomores and juniors.....
Everything You Need to Know About the New SAT
TIME - Jun 5, 2015
The big one: no, it won't be harder. The first time I met David Coleman, it was raining outside. Hundreds of higher-ed insiders were meeting in a Miami Beach hotel for the 2012 College Board ....
College Board, Khan Academy Unveil Free Online Prep Materials For SAT Test
Ischoolguide - Jun 8, 2015
Khan Academy and The College Board are now offering students free online practice materials to help them better prepare for the redesigned SAT college admissions test. The prep materials, available for both the PSAT and SAT, include interactive tests, practice tests, explanatory videos, and personalized recommendations.....
The SAT's 5-Minute Mess-Up
Inside Higher Ed - Jun 9, 2015
The College Board announced Monday evening that two sections of the SAT given on Saturday will not be scored. There are enough other sections, the College Board said, to provide valid overall SAT scores for those who took the test that day....
College Board decides against scoring compromised sections of June SAT
DC College Admissions Examiner - Jun 8, 2015
The College Board and the Educational Testing Service (ETS) announced this afternoon that sections of the June SAT compromised by a printing error in test booklets would not be scored and that scores would distributed to students within the usual time frame....
A solution for mediocre SAT and ACT scores
CBS News MarketWatch - May 28, 2015
Surveys repeatedly show that one of the scariest parts of the college admission process for teenagers is taking the ACT and/or SAT. And it's no wonder since the stakes are high. Many colleges and universities routinely use the test scores to make admission decisions.....
College Board, Khan Academy team up to offer free SAT prep program
Los Angeles Times - Jun 2, 2015
The revised version of the SAT college entrance exam won't be offered until March but students can start preparing for it Tuesday with a new, free online study program affiliated with the test. ....
Can Khan Academy’s Free SAT Prep Level the Playing Field?
Wired - Jun 2, 2015
IT’S A TECHNOLOGICAL truism: Create a system of measurement, and somebody will try to game it. Google search algorithms give way to search-engine optimization. ....
High school students accelerate SAT test prep in single Turbo Tutoring session
DC Higher Education Examinernbsp;- May 29, 2015
A single Turbo Tutoring session gives college-bound students complete instruction on the SAT examination process to accelerate their test prep, saving time and money.....
Does My Teen Need to Take SAT Subject Tests?
TeenLife Blog - May 25, 2015
My daughter spent several months preparing to take her SATs. After two tries, she was happy with her scores and relieved to be done with the standardized testing portion of her college application. That is, until her guidance counselor recommended she take several SAT Subject Tests.....
New SAT complicates choices for rising juniors
Moorpark Acorn - May 22, 2015
If junior year of high school isn’t stressful enough, the new SAT is creating even more test anxiety for the class of 2017. After years of losing market share to the ACT, the College Board is making major changes to the SAT, and the new test will look more like the ACT. ....
Seven Questions To Ask Before You Hire That SAT or ACT Tutor
TeenLife Blog - May 18, 2015
With summer fast approaching, this is the time many parents begin to look for an SAT or ACT tutor. If you’re one of those parents, chances are you may have already heard from a friend or teacher about a tutor in your area. ....
College Corner: Take The ACT, Part 2
Cape News - May 15, 2015
It is my hope that everyone is enjoying this spring; after the winter that we had, we certainly deserve it. Last week we noted that since all colleges accept either the Scholastic Assessment Test (SAT) or the American College Test (ACT)....
Study shows ACT may not be best success predictor
North Platte Telegraph - May 17, 2015
High school juniors and seniors have long disputed the validity of college entrance exams as a measure of their intellectual prowess and ability to succeed in a college environment. Now there is a study that may prove their instincts correct.....
The Right Test to Take For College Acceptance: ACT vs SAT
Say Campus Life - May 11, 2015
DO COLLEGES PREFER ACT OR SAT? -- Today in America the ACT has overtaken the SAT in popularity, which is why parents and students all over the nation are now asking themselves which exam is more important for college acceptance, the SAT or ACT?.....
How to Deal With a Disappointing SAT Score
SAT Prep Examiner - May 8, 2015
Maybe you knew as soon as you set your #2 pencil down, or perhaps you realized when you opened your score report – you fell short of your target SAT results. And whether you fell short of this mark by five points or by 75,.....
ACT to Expand Computer-Based Testing
Associated Press - May 8, 2015
ACT test takers take note: the No. 2 pencil is losing its cachet. Greater numbers of test takers of the college entrance exam will be able to take the test on a computer next year.....
New allegations of an SAT security breach, this time on a U.S. test
Washington Post - May 12, 2015
SAT cheating investigations this school year have centered in Asia, where student scores have been withheld in October, November, December and January.....
The Big Problem With the New SAT
New York Times - May 5, 2015
AT first glance, the College Board's revised SAT seems a radical departure from the test's original focus on students' general ability or aptitude. Set to debut a ......
Do SAT Prep Courses Pay Off?
Education Week (registration required) - May 5, 2015
Old SAT vs. New SAT - What Are the Main Differences? The are many differences between the current SAT and the new one including: Less sections: two sections instead of three, with an Essay section that is optional.....
What Parents & Teens Need to Know About the New SAT
TeenLife Blog - May 5, 2015
The four-hour ordeal known as the SAT has given rise to expensive test-prep courses that parents hope will boost their children's scores......
What Every Student Should Know Before Opting Out of Standardized Tests
TIME - Apr 27, 2015
Perhaps you’ve heard the saying, “The whole is greater than the sum of its parts.” For years, college-bound students were defined by a single facet of their applications (namely, their ACT or SAT score),...
Countdown to College: What’s up with the new SAT
Charlotte Observer - Apr 27, 2015
Right around now, when seniors are finalizing their college plans, is when parents of sophomores and juniors start dipping their toes in the college admissions process pool....
3 Reasons You Shouldn't Take the New SAT
Forbes - Apr 20, 2015
The simple fact is that there are numerous good reasons that students shouldn’t take the new SAT next spring — they should opt for the ACT instead...
A Short, Thumb-nail Sketch of What's Going on With College Admissions Testing: The "New" SAT and "Old" ACT
Huffington Post - Apr 14, 2015
As you may have heard, there is a new SAT being released in 2016. Students should know that many colleges plan to accept both the old and the new, redesigned SAT for the 2015-16 (current juniors) application season. On the other hand, for the Class of 2016-2017 (current sophomores)...
A Short, Thumb-nail Sketch of What's Going on With College Admissions Testing: The "New" SAT and "Old" ACT
Huffington Post - Apr 14, 2015
As you may have heard, there is a new SAT being released in 2016. Students should know that many colleges plan to accept both the old and the new, redesigned SAT for the 2015-16 (current juniors) application season. On the other hand, for the Class of 2016-2017 (current sophomores)...
AP or SAT subject tests? When to use which exam
SAT Prep Examiner - Apr 13, 2015
ACT, AP, IB, SAT, and SAT Subject Tests – in an increasingly competitive college admissions world, there seems to be no shortage of exams that are designed to measure a student’s academic potential...
3 Things Students Must Know About ACT Constructed Response Tests
US News - Apr 13, 2015
Entrance exams like the ACT and SAT have gone through significant changes in recent years. While the redesigned SAT is receiving a great deal of attention, the ACT will also begin to debut a new format in the spring of 2015. ....
Is an SAT Prep Course Worth the Cost?
Yahoo News - Apr 8, 2015
Only one thing was stopping Justis Slattery from playing soccer in college: his SAT scores. He found a school he wanted to attend, and soccer coach he really wanted to play for, says his mother, Stacy. He earned a coveted spot on the team, and an admissions counselor told him he shouldn't have any problem getting in. ....
Will the new SAT be easier than the old one? A look at what the new test could look like
Washongton Post  - Mar 28, 2015
The College Board just released a sample of its revised PSAT, or the Preliminary SAT/ National Merit Scholarship Qualifying Test, which is taken by some 3.5 million high school students each year. The PSAT does not count for college admissions..
Perform to Your Potential With These AP Calculus Exam Tips
US News  - Mar 30, 2015
The Advanced Placement Calculus AB exam is one of the most challenging AP tests that students can take. Students must master a large number of math concepts and then draw from this knowledge to answer multiple-choice questions and free-response problems....
News on the New SAT Test
College Search Game Plan Blog  - Mar 30, 2015
Last week, our own Patrica von Trapp attended a College Board training session on what to expect from the brand new SAT in 2016. Here’s what she discovered...
3 Study Tips for History, Science Material on the New SAT
US News  - Mar 23, 2015
The 2016 SAT will debut an entirely new design. The exam will emphasize the use of context when answering questions, as well as the analysis of passages from significant historical documents and scientific sources...
Redesigned PSAT Shifts Preparation Efforts For High School Students
NPR.org RI  - Mar 19, 2015
It’s that time of year: the high school class of 2015 is now receiving college decision letters. At the same time, current high school freshmen and sophomores will face a revised version of the preliminary SAT or PSAT in the fall of 2015....
Goodbye, SAT: How online courses will change college admissions
Washington Post  - Mar 19, 2015
This week, admissions officers at America’s most prestigious colleges are scrambling to put the final touches on letters admitting the Class of 2019. Just as students from around the world are vying for a limited number of spots in America’s best colleges...
SAT changes mean decisions for 2016, 2017 classes
WRAL  - Mar 14, 2015
Big changes are ahead for the SAT - that college admission exam stalwart that generations have taken for entry into college. The exam is getting a major redesign, including an optional essay and updated scoring scale...
What Parents Need to Know About the SATs
About.com  - Mar 14, 2015
The SATs change every few years. The content shifts, the rules change, and emerging technology allows for new test-taking and scoring opportunities. Despite those changes, some of the basics of this college-prep test have remained the same.....
Ditch the SATs and ACTs
Boston Globe OpEd  - Mar 10, 2015
I WAS raised from an early age to be skeptical of how admission to elite schools works. My father, a black man who had been accepted to Harvard College in 1929 ..
How to use SAT subject tests to strengthen application weaknesses
EdWeek  - Mar 10, 2015
We have all been there – as you browse through a prospective school’s admissions requirements, you notice that it requires the SAT and SAT Subject Tests. Perhaps you groan. Perhaps you think, “Another test?”...
ACT and SAT Security Measures Found to Deter Cheaters
EdWeek  - Feb 26, 2015
Administrators of the ACT and SAT report that new security measures put in place to reduce cheating are working....
How to prep for the SAT and ACT for little or no money
MarketWatch  - Feb 24, 2015
Sure, the cost of higher education keeps getting, well, higher, with a private college now running more than $40,000 for tuition and room and board per year. But there’s one related expense that may actually be getting more affordable.....
Bradshaw: SAT or ACT for college applicants? Well, it depends ...
Chicago Tribune  - Feb 20, 2015
I am a junior in high school and not sure if I should take the SAT or ACT for my college application process. Which one of these tests do top colleges prefer?.....
3 True Answers About Common ACT, SAT Strategies
US News  - Feb 23, 2015
It can seem like there are endless misconceptions about the ACT and the SAT. Even a brief perusal of test prep resources can inundate the reader with contradictory information.....
When to Take the SAT
New York Times - Education Life  - Feb 8, 2015
During morning announcements, loudspeakers blare out SAT words and definitions at all elementary and middle schools in the Malverne, N.Y., school district. ....
Use January SAT results to prepare for May exam
NY Test Prep Examiner  - Feb 13, 2015
Juniors who have taken the January SAT are just getting their results back now and many are no doubt hoping that they won''t have to take the test ever again. But unless you are the rare student who's already scoring in the mid-700's in every section,,.....
3 Questions to Ask Before Taking SAT Subject Tests
US News  - Feb 9, 2015
SAT subject tests are hourlong?, multiple-choice exams that assess a student’s knowledge in a specific subject. These test are less commonly completed by students than the ACT or SAT are,.....
Ace the ACT: College Admissions Test Tips
ADDitude  - Feb 5, 2015
The SATs and ACT are, literally, rites of passage for most college-bound teens, and most students hate to think about taking them. The tests are challenging, so a little grousing is to be expected. ......
College & career tip of the month: time-line of the tests
golackawanna  - Jan 31, 2015
The colleges that require SAT subject tests are some of the most selective in the country. As a result, the students who take subject tests tend to be stronger than the much larger group of students taking the regular SAT...
Why do we tolerate the lifeless SAT and ACT?
Washington Post  - Jan 27, 2015
I don’t need more reasons to loathe the SAT and the ACT, America’s sorry excuses for college entrance exams. They are scary, narrow time-wasters. ....
New SAT, New Problems
The Atlantic  - Jan 20, 2015
In his announcement last spring that a new version of the SAT would be launched in 2016, The College Board President David Coleman drew on a favorite buzzword: opportunity....
College Admissions: Standardized Test Prep
GolocalPDX College Admissions  - Jan 21, 2015
High school juniors should start preparing for standardized tests. Standardized test preparation is a big business. Many families have figured out that merit aid is often dependent on a student’s ACT or SAT score, so test prep can offer a good Return On Investment (ROI)...
SAT vs. ACT: Facts To Help Decide Which College Entrance Exam You Should Take
International Business Times  - Jan 8, 2015
As many university admissions offices close their application periods this month, a new wave of students are starting the process. High school juniors typically take standardized tests like the ACT and SAT in the spring of their 11th grade year....
How to begin preparing for the new SAT Essay now
SAT Prep Examiner  - Jan 8, 2015
Next spring, the first Redesigned SAT will be offered to students. If you are a freshman, sophomore, or junior in high school, you are most likely aware that this admissions staple has undergone tremendous change – after all, it has been the subject of numerous articles! Occasionally, ..
SAT Myths Busted
GoLocalProv College Admissions  - Jan 5, 2015
As your child heads into standardized test season, make sure you're armed with the facts. For high school juniors, SAT time has arrived. Many are beginning test prep courses and going online to register for winter and spring test dates. ....
High school juniors: 3 tips to manage college entrance exam (SAT/ACT) results
DC Higher Education Examiner  - Jan 5, 2015
College entrance exams (also known as the SAT or ACT) are standardized tests designed to measure your readiness to attend college. Schools may consider your SAT or ACT score results when making admission decisions, to include scholarship offers.....
5 Online ACT Facts Students Need to Know
US News  - Dec 15, 2014
Beginning in 2015, the ACT will be available to select high schools in an online format. While the ACT has no current plans to eliminate its paper test, the online exam is an interesting new development in college admissions testing. ....
Who needs SAT Subject Tests anyway?
DC College Admissions Examiner  - Dec 15, 2014
College-bound juniors beginning the process of scheduling standardized tests for the next few months may want to cover all bases by investigating the need to take SAT Subject Tests or what used to be labeled SAT II’s by the College Board.....
Does the ACT really tell you if you're ready for college?
Daily Herald  - Dec 15, 2014
More than 64 percent of Larkin High School's Class of 2012 was enrolled in college 16 months after graduation, but more than half those students might not be academically ready to succeed there ....
Leverage Your Learning Style for Better Test Prep Results
US News  - Dec 1, 2014
Standardized tests such as the SAT or ACT attempt to measure the performance of students when placed under equal constraints. If each test-taker answers the same questions, each should, in theory, have the same chance to perform well. ....
Target 3 Overlooked SAT, ACT Test Prep Resources
US News  - Nov 24, 2014
Although standardized exams claim to test a student’s readiness for college, simply doing well in high school is rarely sufficient to guarantee success. Students who fared poorly in high school also have an opportunity to change their narrative by acing the ACT or SAT....
3 Reasons straight A's don’t guarantee a high SAT score
SAT Prep Examiner - Nov 10, 2014
Occasionally, bright high school students believe that because they are intelligent—with the grades and the GPA to prove it—they do not need to prep for the SAT. This is an awful myth, with very real consequences in the form of an uncompetitive SAT result.....
Students Increasingly Take ACT Before Senior Year
Ed Week (free registration required) - Nov 12, 2014
A new report out today from ACT, Inc. shows that 75 percent of high school students in the class of 2014 took the ACT before their senior year, up from 66 percent nearly 10 years ago....
6 Final Steps Before Sitting for the SAT, ACT
US News - Nov 10, 2014
No matter the length of your ACT or SAT prep plan or your confidence level, the final week before your test date can be nerve-racking. . ...
Another College Expense: Preparing for the SAT and ACT
New York Times  - Oct 28, 2014
With all the hand-wringing over the price of higher education and the growing burden of student debt, it’s easy to overlook the substantial cost of simply preparing to apply to college......
SAT, ACT Test Prep: Answers to common questions
WRAL - Oct 27, 2014
Brown shares some answers to commonly asked questions about the SAT and ACT. Here's a good opportunity for parents who haven't had to sharpen a No. 2 pencil for years ... even decades ... to bone up on these important tests. Read more at http://www.wral.com/sat-act-test-prep-answers-to-common-questions/14112647/#OwDiFF04XWGKJCqM.99......
State Initiatives Widen Reach of ACT, SAT Tests
EdWeek (registration required) - Oct 28, 2014
Nevada and Missouri next spring will join a rapidly growing number of states that are shelling out money for every 11th grader in public high school to take the ACT or SAT college-entrance exams.......
What to Know Before Starting SAT, ACT Prep
US News  - Oct 6, 2014
Deciding whether to take the ACT or the SAT as his or her college entrance exam is one of the most important decisions a high school student must make. Although the tests are similar in many ways, there are key differences to consider before choosing one and beginning your prep. ....
Stop the Cheating: An Open Letter to the College Board and ACT
Huffington Post - Oct 6, 2014
This is high season for high stakes standardized testing. Anyone who knows a 17-or 18-year-old high school senior knows how important the SAT, ACT, and SAT Subject Tests are to college applicants....
What to Know Before Starting SAT, ACT Prep
US News  - Oct 6, 2014
Deciding whether to take the ACT or the SAT as his or her college entrance exam is one of the most important decisions a high school student must make. Although the tests are similar in many ways, there are key differences to consider before choosing one and beginning your prep. ....
Should Current Sophomores Take the October PSAT?
Lamorinda Weekly  - Oct 8, 2014
In March, the College Board, the organization that administers the Scholastic Aptitude Test (SAT), announced plans to redesign the exam. ....
Goal Setting on the SAT
BusinessWeek  - Oct 1, 2014
Setting a goal score for the SAT can be intimidating and confusing, but it’s one of the most important parts of any SAT prep plan. Knowing where you are and where you want to go will help focus your prep, making it more efficient....
ACT vs. SAT: Which Test Is Right for Your Teen?
TeenLife Blog  - Sep 26, 2014
Even though the SAT and ACT are both nationally recognized college admission tests, the tests are very different. While some colleges and universities have decided to become “test optional” (see list below), the majority of schools still require applicants to submit a standardized admission test score. How can parents help teens choose which test is right for them?...
7 tips for taking the PSAT/NMSQT
Charlotte Observer  - Sep 22, 2014
On Wednesday Oct. 15, high school juniors and many sophomores will get their first taste of standardized testing for college when they take the PSAT/NMSQT....
Decide When to Take the SAT, ACT
US News  - Sep 22, 2014
The college application process is a long and winding road. For most students, preparing for college begins with the PSAT in October of their sophomore or junior year of high school. The PSAT does not greatly impact college applications – though the National Merit Scholarship is a sought-after award. ....
On College: Don't get too hung up on standardized tests
San Jose Mercury News  - Sep 15, 2014
There is no getting around standardized testing, assuming that you are a high school student planning to apply to college at some point. And while there is a growing list of colleges that do not require standardized testing, most college-going students will at some point have to endure the torture that is studying for the ACT or SAT...
3 Ways the PSAT may not prepare you for the SAT
SAT Prep Examiner  - Sep 10, 2014
The Preliminary SAT (PSAT)—based on its name alone, this exam can seem like the perfect opportunity to ready for the SAT. The PSAT is a wonderful addition to your prep plan, true, but it is not a magical means to a high score on the SAT. The PSAT assesses your potential SAT aptitude...
Is There An Easier SAT Testing Date?
TheCollegeSolutionBlog  - Sep 8, 2014
So you thought your student was done with standardized testing. You were probably proud of yourself that you had finally mastered the differences between the SAT and the ACT, and then, surprise, up pops the very stealth-like SAT Subject Tests. What?..
National Merit© qualifying scores released for 2014
DC College Admissions Examiner - Sep 10, 2014
Under a cloak of secrecy involving sworn promises from school administrators to keep information to themselves, the National Merit© Scholarship Corporation (NMSC) released the national list of state-by-state cut-off scores for merit scholarship semi-finalists yesterday...
Testing that can catch you by surprise
Charlotte Observer  - Sep 1, 2014
So you thought your student was done with standardized testing. You were probably proud of yourself that you had finally mastered the differences between the SAT and the ACT, and then, surprise, up pops the very stealth-like SAT Subject Tests. What?..
Big changes in store for AP®
DC College Admissions Examiner  - Sep 3, 2014
While proposed changes for the SAT Reasoning Test have received lots of publicity and are being closely monitored by parents, advisers, test prep companies and college-bound students, the College Board’s overhaul of the Advanced Placement (AP) program hasn’t received nearly as much attention...
Thoughtful Parenting: SAT vs. ACT: A breakdown
Steamboat Today - Aug 24, 2014
One the most frequently asked questions from parents is, Should my student(s) take the SAT or the ACT? What is the difference? Do colleges or universities accept both? What should we be on the lookout for?....
Meet the New Yorker Who Makes $1,000 an Hour SAT Tutoring on Skype
Slate Magazine  - Aug 27, 2014
Every morning Anthony Green wakes up in his Manhattan apartment and walks around the block to get a cup of coffee and maybe an omelet from the diner that he tells me makes the “best in the East Village, maybe even New York.”....
Sat/act prep classes: are they really worth it?
The Prospect  - Jun 25, 2014
Hampshire College has a reputation for doing things a little bit differently—for better or worse. The liberal-arts school in Amherst, Mass., doesn’t give traditional letter grades to students, opting instead for narrative evaluations. There are no off-the-shelf majors—kids design their own course of study...
College bans SAT from admissions process
MarketWatch  - Jun 21, 2014
Hampshire College has a reputation for doing things a little bit differently—for better or worse. The liberal-arts school in Amherst, Mass., doesn’t give traditional letter grades to students, opting instead for narrative evaluations. There are no off-the-shelf majors—kids design their own course of study...
College Admissions: The ACT Announces Changes for 2016
GoLocalProv  - Jun 16, 2014
In the wake of major change announcements from the Collegeboard regarding the SAT, the ACT has now announced a few tweaks of their own. Although not as sweeping as the SAT changes, in 2016 the ACT will add new scoring and make some modifications to the optional writing section.....
Evaluation shows number of students not taking SAT, ACT or AP exams
EdSource  - Jun 17, 2014
No students are taking SAT, ACT or Advanced Placement exams in 14 percent of California's high schools, a surprising statistic for the committee considering whether to incorporate those measures into the Academic Performance Index for schools......
How to choose junior-year classes with SAT-busting power
SAT Prep Examiner  - Jun 10, 2014
Your course schedule for your junior year of high school is a critical one. The courses you complete between now and your initial exam date for the SAT can help or hinder your pursuit of your target score – but which classes should you choose? .....
Take 4 Steps to Set Realistic SAT, ACT Test Prep Goals
US News - Jun 9, 2014
Understanding how to set attainable goals is an important skill for all facets of life. Studying for standardized tests like the SAT and ACT is one area where setting proper goals can be the difference between success and failure......
ACT to Feature New Indicators for Career Readiness, Understanding Complex Texts
Ed Week  - Jun 6, 2014
Starting in the spring of 2015, high school students who take the ACT will receive more information on their performance, including indicators of their career readiness and ability to understand complex texts, officials from the testing company announced June 6.....
ACT president: Take whichever college admission test suits you. Or take both.
Washington Post  - Jun 6, 2014
Not long ago, the ACT surpassed the SAT as the most widely used college admission test in the country. But the president of the testing organization that leads the market advises students to take whichever exam suits them — or both.....
Enhance Summer SAT, ACT Prep With Reading You Enjoy
US News  - Jun 2, 2014
Summer reading can be a dreaded assignment that students ignore until the first days of school creep close. The reality, however, is that reading consistently starting at the beginning of the summer can help students vastly improve their test scores come ACT and SAT exam time....
4 Strategies to Overcome Test Anxiety
Huffington Post  - Jun 3, 2014
Nearly all students experience text anxiety at least once in their lives. It is natural to do so when facing the GRE, SAT, or perhaps even a weekly quiz. However, test anxiety can interfere with students' logical reasoning abilities and their memories. It can even result in a serious mental block.....
What's a Good SAT Subject Test Score?
About.com  - May 23, 2014
The colleges that require SAT subject tests are some of the most selective in the country. As a result, the students who take subject tests tend to be stronger than the much larger group of students taking the regular SAT...
Improve your SAT score by reading this summer
SAT Prep Examiner  - May 23, 2014
When you read the phrase "SAT strategies" numerous techniques likely come to mind; flashcards, practice tests, tutors, perhaps even frantic last-minute preparation such as cramming...
Educators Note Interesting Trends At Test-Optional Schools
Gazettes  - May 24, 2014
While many parents and students are still wrestling with the interchangeability of the ACT and the SAT, the National Association of College Admissions Counselors (NACAC) released a study in February showing there is no perceptible difference in academic performance between students who do and do not submit ACT or SAT scores....
How to Fix the SAT
Slate  - May 19, 2014
Earlier this year, the College Board announced sweeping changes to the SAT. New vocab, less obscure. New essay, now optional. A repeal of the “anti-guessing” policy. A retooled and refocused math section. ...
One Piece of Advice No SAT Tutor Will Give You
TeenLife Blog  - May 19, 2014
Rosa Parks, Copernicus, and Hamlet. What do all of these have in common? According to graders of standardized tests, these subjects are some of the most commonly given examples in the SAT Essay Section. In my work as an SAT tutor, I'm often asked how to write a "perfect" essay, ...
College Admissions: 5 Must Knows About SAT/ACT Extended Time
GoLocalProv College Admissions  - May 19, 2014
For families with children who have a learning difference (LD), extended time can be a key factor in allowing students to achieve their full potential on college entrance exams. However, many parents don’t understand the timeline, requirements or hurdles involved. So, here are 5 things you need to know about getting accommodations for the SAT and ACT: ...
College Admissions: 5 Reasons Schools Should Offer the Pre-ACT
GoLocalProv College Admissions  - May 12, 2014
For years, most school districts in New England have dragged their feet on offering the pre-ACT and ACT to students. They have remained in their comfort zone with the PSAT and SAT. However, the time of reckoning has arrived. ...
Why Take the SAT II Subject Tests?
TeenLife Blog  - May 9, 2014
Everyone knows how important standardized tests are in the college application process. But what about SAT Subject Tests? How important are they to college admissions and should everyone take them?....
Play2Prep: a fun app for SAT and ACT test prep
NY Test Prep Examiner  - May 12, 2014
High school student's mother: Johnny, time for your SAT prep! Student: Ok, Mom! I'm just contacting my friends on Facebook to play now. Mom, smiling to herself: What a good boy! Always so studious....
A closer look at the redesigned SAT reading section
Spokane College Examiner  - May 12, 2014
Students across the globe will proclaim “Hurray!” when they realize they will no longer have to battle with the sentence completion questions on the redesigned SAT. This format of questions has long been a staple of the vocabulary testing on the SAT, but like the analogies that were dropped years ago....
Pressure mounts to do well on the SAT and ACT
ABC2News  - May 6, 2014
It's no secret the college admissions process can be stressful for students, especially the dreaded standardized tests like SAT and ACT. Right now, the pressure to perform is greater than ever....
How to cancel SAT Reasoning or Subject Test scores
DC College Admissions Examiner  - May 6, 2014
A number of years ago, my son took the SAT in a room directly adjacent to the room where the German with Listening SAT Subject Test was being given in a school with notoriously thin walls. ...
Deconstructing the New SAT
Huffington Post  - Apr 29, 2014
The plot thickens. When we outlined last month the major changes coming to the SAT, we commented that the "new" SAT seemed suspiciously like a knock-off of the increasingly popular ACT....
Should You Take the SAT or ACT?
About.com  - Apr 29, 2014
The plot thickens. When we outlined last month the major changes coming to the SAT, we commented that the "new" SAT seemed suspiciously like a knock-off of the increasingly popular ACT....
Should you take SAT subject tests?
SAT Prep Examiner  - Apr 24, 2014
What is an SAT Subject Test? And should you sit for one (or more) of these exams, in addition to the ACT and/or the SAT? Because SAT Subject Tests, of which there are 20 exams in the broad fields of English, foreign language, history, mathematics, and science...
New SAT, same old standardized-testing problems?
USA Today  - Apr 24, 2014
WASHINGTON – You likely remember the anxiety of test day well. A sharpened No. 2 pencil, dozens of answer bubbles ready to fill and questions about topics and words you may or may not have heard of during your high school career....
College Admissions: Will The New SAT Be Easier? Not Likely…
GoLocalProv  - Apr 21, 2014
Wednesday, the Collegeboard released more details and sample questions for the new SAT that is currently in development. Scheduled to be released in 2016,...
The new SAT: Aptitude testing for college admissions falls out of favor
Washington Post - Apr 21, 2014
There’s a reason the College Board scrubbed “aptitude” from the name of its big admission test two decades ago. The idea of a Scholastic Aptitude Test left the organization open to criticism that it believed some people were born to go to college and some weren’t....
He taught America to beat the SATs and now he’s answered YOUR questions
MSNBC - Apr 21, 2014
John Katzman founded the Princeton Review in 1981 after graduating from college. He spent years mastering the SAT, teaching American students to “beat it.” Over thirty years he has come to the conclusion that the assesment is useless, ...
On College: Ready, set, take that test
San Jose Mercury News - Apr 21, 2014
Students are getting ready to embark on a very busy testing season. Those who will be taking the Advanced Placement tests have between two and three weeks to finish their preparation. And those who are taking the SAT I or subject tests in May have only one weekend left ...
ACT versus SAT: Which is a better choice for you?
NY Test Prep Examiner - Apr 22, 2014
Until recently, ACT versus SAT was not a common question. Midwesterners took the ACT and students headed for colleges on the east and west coasts took the SAT. Now nearly all colleges accept either SAT or ACT, whichever the student chooses to submit. With the ACT making inroads as a graduation requirement – as of Spring 2014 ...
New SAT Sample Questions Released
U.S. News & World Report - Apr 16, 2014
While more than 1 million students are taking a college admissions test some say has been in dire need of updating, the College Board on Wednesday released new sample questions for the redesigned SAT that college-bound students will begin taking two years from now. ...
I taught America to beat the SAT. That’s how I know it’s useless.
MSNBC - Apr 14, 2014
Like many students whose standardized test scores got them into college, I liked the SAT. In my sophomore year, my mastery of the test got me a job tutoring high school students. After graduating in 1981, I started The Princeton Review....
Low ACT Scores? What Now?
About.com - Apr 12, 2014
There's so much hype surrounding a few of the country's most selective colleges that many applicants feel they need a 35 or 36 composite score on the ACT to get into a good college. The reality is quite different...
SATs Are Actually Astonishingly Good At Predicting Success
Slate - Business Insider - Apr 14, 2014
The College Board—the standardized testing behemoth that develops and administers the SAT and other tests—has redesigned its flagship product again...
SAT changes could boost lucrative test prep
CNBC - Apr 14, 2014
Jennifer Iadanza has already begun considering how recent changes to the SAT exam may affect her daughter Emma, an 8th grader at Roslyn Middle School in New York State who will be in one of the first high school classes to be affected by those changes...
3 ways the SAT will NOT change
SAT Prep Examiner - Apr 9, 2014
In the wake of the College Board’s announcement that the 2016 SAT will undergo significant revisions, a great deal of understandable attention has been placed upon the differences students expect to see..
3 Tips for Building an SAT, ACT Spring Break Study Schedule
US News & World Report - Apr 7, 2014
If you, like many high school students, put off studying for the ACT or SAT because the prospect of college seems distant, you aren't alone. When students take on schoolwork, extracurriculars, athletics and a whole host of activities...
Why the SAT drives us N.U.T.S.
Washington Post - Apr 2, 2014
What is it about the SAT that drives people nuts? Ned Johnson explains. Johnson is president and self-described tutor geek at Prep Matters, a tutoring and test prep company with offices in Bethesda, Md., McLean, Va., and Washington D.C....
Navigate 3 Common SAT, ACT Reading Section Mistakes
US News & World Report - Mar 31, 2014
Many students who complete the ACT or the SAT cite the reading comprehension section as the most difficult. Other verbal portions of the exams are far simpler to prepare for and can be mastered by learning the rules of grammar and syntax, memorizing vocabulary, and synthesizing strategies for tackling question....
Anxious about the SAT? More colleges say ‘don’t worry about it’
Seattle Times - Mar 28, 2014
Almost anyone who has applied to college can trot out a horror story about the much-dreaded Scholastic Aptitude Test, better known as the SAT. The four-hour, fill-in-the-bubble test of math and reading skills has spawned innumerable opinion pieces, diatribes and nightmares.....
How Businesses Use Your SATs
New York Times - Mar 29, 2014
THE news about the SAT has been confusing lately. On one hand, so many colleges and universities have opted not to require it that the College Board, which administers the SAT, has announced a top-to-bottom revamp because the test is out of step with today’s academic expectations.....
SAT: It’s the test everyone loves to hate
Charlotte Observer - Mar 17, 2014
The New York Times Magazine story led with the following graphic: The SAT is hated by: A. Stressed-Out Students; B. Frustrated Educators; C. Hamstrung Admissions Officers, D. Anxious Parents and a bubbled in E. “All of the Above.”....
The Story Behind the SAT Overhaul
New York Times Magazine - Mar 6, 2014
In July 2012, a few months before he was to officially take over as president of the College Board, David Coleman invited Les Perelman, then a director of writing at M.I.T., to come meet with him in Lower Manhattan....
6 Ways to Decrease SAT Test Stress
Huffington Post - Mar 17, 2014
S.A.T. -- three letters that cause high school kids (and their parents) a lot of stress. I work with teens and families and I teach them solid ways to combat the worry that accompanies the SAT so they can ace it.....
3 Keys for Success on the ACT Science Section
US News - Mar 17, 2014
The science portion of the ACT can seem overwhelming to manage, especially since the knowledge base required can, at face value, appear to be a bit random. But don't worry if you are unaware of lava production rates in the Precambrian period or the characteristics of monarch butterfly migration patterns....
College Board Previews Revisions To SAT
NPR.org - Mar 6, 2014
The upcoming changes that were announced on Wednesday by the College Board will affect more than a million college-bound, high school students. It's the second major revision in nine years......
The new SAT: big changes will affect this year's freshmen
College Admissions Examiner - Mar 6, 2014
The College Board announced sweeping changes to the SAT which will take effect in the spring of 2016. There is no word on the PSAT scheduled for October, 2015, but it’s probably safe to bet it will be a condensed version of the new test.....
5 things you need to know about the new SAT
Charlotte Observer  - Mar 10, 2014
College Board, creator of the SAT, rocked the world of college admissions with last week’s announcement of major changes in store for the 2016 SAT.....
College Admissions: SAT Announces Biggest Changes EVER
GoLocalProv  - Mar 10, 2014
Last week, the Collegeboard announced sweeping changes to the SAT which will take effect in 2016. The changes come at a time when SAT has been losing market share. As of 2012, the ACT surpassed the SAT as the most popular college entrance exam. Additionally, colleges have been flocking to join the Fairtest....
College Admissions: 5 Things You Must Know About the SAT and ACT
GoLocalProv College Admissions  - Feb 27, 2014
Spring is prime time for college entrance exams, and here are five of the most important things every parent and high school student should know about the SAT and ACT tests.....
SAT Changes Announced Next Week
Dallas SAT Prep Examiner  - Feb 27, 2014
The College Board has announced a press conference to be held next Wednesday, March 5th. The new SAT website, DeliveringOpportunity.org, is not yet live, but live streaming of the press conference should be available at 3PM Central time. ......
BIG SCORE - When Mom takes the SATs.
New Yorker - Mar 4, 2014
Calculating a “superscore” is the process by which a college considers a student’s best score from each individual SAT or ACT section, regardless of the date the test was taken......
Colleges that do NOT superscore the SAT
DC College Admissions Examiner - Feb 24, 2014
Calculating a “superscore” is the process by which a college considers a student’s best score from each individual SAT or ACT section, regardless of the date the test was taken......
How students can ace the SAT
Yahoo - Feb 25, 2014
The typical student preparing for the SAT might raise his or her score by 20 points or so through studying and practicing. Debbie Stier raised her score by 340 points. Her son Ethan raised his score by a stunning 590 points.....
Low ACT Scores? What Now?
About.com  - Feb 24, 2014
There's so much hype surrounding a few of the country's most selective colleges that many applicants feel they need a 35 or 36 composite score on the ACT to get into a good college. The reality is quite different....
Job Hunting? Dig Up Those Old SAT Scores
Wall Street Journal  - Feb 25, 2014
Stephen Robert Morse was a candidate for a communications job when the recruiter told him to be ready to discuss his SAT score in a coming interview....
College Applicants Sweat The SATs. Perhaps They Shouldn't
Marketplace - Feb 18, 2014
With spring fast approaching, many American high school seniors are now waiting anxiously to hear whether they got into the college or university of their choice. For many students, their scores on the SAT or the ACT will play a big role in where they get in.......
Should parents tell kids to skip the SAT?
The Christian Science Monitor  - Feb 17, 2014
Most young college-bound teens are familiar with this scenario: practice exams, a thick book full of test questions, lost hours of sleep cramming for test day, and the anticipation of waiting for the results.....
Good News for Poor Test Takers
The College Solution Blog  - Feb 18, 2014
Research that’s being described as a landmark study was released today that shows that high school students with strong grades and lower standardized ACT and SAT scores do as well in college as those who perform better on the standardized tests.....
6 Reasons Schools Should Offer the Pre-ACT
GoLocalProv College Admissions  - Feb 17, 2014
Here in the Northeast, we have a long history with the College Board and the SAT. In fact, it has become entrenched in our school systems. Nearly every high school in New England administers the pre-SAT or PSAT in the fall of 11th grade for college bound students....
More students are taking AP exams, which don’t come cheap
Marketplace - Feb 11, 2014
A new report shows the number of high school students taking Advanced Placement exams has nearly doubled in the last decade.......
The SAT: Not an Effective Measuring Stick for Urban Students
Huffington Post - Feb 11, 2014
There is no denying that the SAT test has become a misunderstood educational instrument through the years. The original purpose of the SAT was to help evaluate the ability of an individual student on how best he or she can perform in college. ......
The High Cost Of Testing For College
NPR.org - Feb 1, 2014
You think college is expensive? How about the cost of SAT and AP tests? Ben Tonelli, a senior at Garfield High School in Seattle, wrote an opinion piece for The Wall Street Journal complaining about the costs.....
What the New SAT May Look Like and Why It Could Be Mandatory
Huffington Post - Jan 28, 2014
Last February, new College Board president David Coleman announced that the SAT would be changing its format again in 2015. The announcement was not shocking; the SAT changed its content in 1994 and again in 2005, so a change in 2015 would have been on schedule.. ...
Surviving the Math Portion of the ACT
AL.com - Jan 28, 2014
A.C.T.: Possibly three of the most dreaded letters for high school students. The American College Testing (A.C.T) is not only one of the most important tests students will take during their four years of high school,...
When Should You Take the SAT or ACT?
The College Solution Blog - Jan 6, 2014
A couple of years ago I listened in on a webinar about SAT strategies that impressed me. The guest speaker was Jeb Applerouth, who runs an eponymous test-prep firm that’s headquartered in Atlanta. Jeb gave me permission to share the following blog post where he discusses whether there is an ideal time to take the SAT or ACT. ...
How students will benefit from the changes to the SAT
SAT Prep Examiner - Jan 21, 2014
Beginning in 2016, high school students will complete a new version of the SAT. Other than having to adapt their test prep, why should students care? Because these changes will benefit them long-term, which is partially why these changes are coming into effect;. ...
The Truth About Standardized Tests: How They Affect Your College Application
College Admissions Examiner - Jan 6, 2014
The process doesn’t begin in earnest for another six months. But the tension is already building for high school juniors and their parents. Where to apply? What will it cost? ...
Juniors, Taking the ACT or SAT? Practice, practice, practice...
True Admissions Blog - Jan 6, 2014
The winter testing dates for the ACT and SAT are coming up soon: the SAT will be administered on January 25th and the ACT on February 8th. For many students, practice can improve scores....
Raise your SAT/ACT scores and get $ for college
Nashville College Bound Examiner - Jan 11, 2014
Those SAT/ACT scores in college do two important things for you: They can keep you from taking zero credit classes - you still pay for those even though you don't get credit. ...
A cure for junior anxiety: get those tests out of the way this Spring
College Admissions Examiner - Jan 6, 2014
The process doesn’t begin in earnest for another six months. But the tension is already building for high school juniors and their parents. Where to apply? What will it cost? ...
Test Prep Trends to Watch in 2014
US News - Jan 6, 2014
The world of college test preparation is constantly changing, and 2014 will be no different. The growth of online learning has begun to level the playing field by offering test prep tools to students whose circumstances ...
Why Every SAT Essay is the Same
Businessweek  - Dec 31, 2013
We’re not quite sure why, but for some reason a lot of students tend to freak out over the prospect of having to write an essay for the SAT in 25 minutes. ....
College Board’s effort to have ‘fun’ by sending cow stickers to schools falls flat
Washington Post  - Dec 12, 2013
The College Board just tried to have a little fun with high schools but some college admissions counselors are less than amused.....
College Admissions: What Your PSAT Scores Really Mean
GoLocalProv College Admissions  - Dec 3, 2013
PSAT scores will arrive for anxious high school students this week. These scores mark the time when sophomores and juniors can begin to target colleges that are in range.....
Know When to Cancel Your SAT, ACT Scores
US News  - Dec 3, 2013
Taking the SAT or ACT can be a stressful experience. You study for several months, but you have little control over what will happen on test day. You may get sick, your car might break down or your mind could go blank......
What’s New With the SAT
The College Solution Blog - Dec 3, 2013
The College Board is delaying the roll out of its new SAT test. The launch of the redesigned test had been scheduled for 2015, but the test maker is delaying it by a year....
Give Thanks for Online SAT Test Prep Resources
US News - Nov 25, 2013
Planning SAT preparation can be a test all by itself. Listening to advice from fellow test-takers, teachers and the vast world of online resources might overwhelm you as you devise a study plan that best suits you....
Delay for New SAT
Inside Higher Ed - Dec 3, 2013
Planning SAT preparation can be a test all by itself. Listening to advice from fellow test-takers, teachers and the vast world of online resources might overwhelm you as you devise a study plan that best suits you....
Avoid Running Out of Time on the SAT, ACT
US News - Nov 18, 2013
With enough practice and time, students can work through every question on the SAT or ACT. In fact, time management is often the major difference between a good test score and an excellent test score...
Students Go To Extreme Measures To Get Higher Test Scores
CBS Local - Miami - Nov 17, 2013
MIAMI (CBSMiami) – It’s no secret the college admissions process can be stressful for students, especially the dreaded standardized tests like the SAT and ACT, but these days the pressure to perform is greater than ever....
Should You Retake the SAT/ACT?
Huffington Post - Nov 11, 2013
The decision to retake the SAT and/or the ACT is a significant one, and you must consider several questions in order to reach the conclusion that is correct for you. Your decision should be based on several factors, including, but not limited to: how many times you have already completed the test ..
Break Through an ACT or SAT Test Score Plateau
US News - Nov 11, 2013
There are few things more frustrating in the college application process than making a serious effort to improve your performance on the ACT or SAT only to see your scores hit a slump. It can be especially maddening if your scores are falling just short of your goal. ..
How to Choose Between Taking the ACT, SAT
US News & World Report - Oct 21, 2013
Choosing which standardized test to include in your portfolio is, without a doubt, an important part of your college application strategy. ..
Should SAT scores be a factor in college admissions?
Minnesota Public Radio - Oct 22, 2013
Choosing which standardized test to include in your portfolio is, without a doubt, an important part of your college application strategy. ..
"We need those standardized college admissions tests."
The Atlanta Journal-Constitution - Oct 21, 2013
...So, are the tests necessary? The answer is yes, for at least two reasons. First, the SAT/ACT is often the only objective measure by which students from different school systems may be compared. ..
The Folly of the SAT Writing Section
The Atlantic - Oct 11, 2013
The SAT is changing. Again. For the second time in just over a decade, the College Board, which administers the exam, is planning to redesign the exam. The details of the redesign aren’t public yet ..
4 secrets to a successful SAT test day
SAT Prep Examiner - Oct 11, 2013
The SAT is perhaps the best-known college admissions tool. It is also one with a popular history of fear and foreboding. High school juniors and seniors dread their test days and enter exam centers with the single, paralyzing thought that this score determines their future university path. ..
Student angst over taking the PSAT – in five tweets
Washington Post - Oct 16, 2013
Several million high school students will take the PSAT on two days this week — Wednesday and Saturday — and you can bet that most of them aren’t exactly looking forward to it. ..
5 Tips for Designing a Test Prep Timeline
US News & World Report - Oct 7, 2013
For many students entering their junior year of high school, one of the most stressful parts of preparing to apply to college is taking the SAT or ACT, one of which is suggested for application to the vast majority of four-year colleges and universities...
US News Gives More Dubious SAT Advice
College Admissions Examiner - Oct 8, 2013
A recent article in US News and World Report urges high school juniors to create a "test prep timeline" for the SAT and/or ACT. That's good advice. Choosing and committing to test dates, and then prepping during the weeks or months leading to those dates...
Countdown to College: How important is the PSAT?
Charlotte Observer - Oct 7, 2013
On Oct. 16, millions of high school juniors will be sharpening their No. 2 pencils and filling in bubbles on the PSAT/NMSQT (Preliminary SAT/National Merit Scholarship Qualifying Test)....
The PSAT is next week. Panic ensues
Dallas SAT Prep Examiner - Oct 3, 2013
Across the country, students are gearing up for the PSAT. Parents, counselors, and friends are putting on the pressure and telling kids to study since they can "win college scholarships."....
Changes Planned For SAT And ACT
Gazettes - Oct 5, 2013
When College Board president David Coleman addressed the National Association of College Admissions Counselors (NACAC) at a conference in Toronto two weeks ago, he confirmed that the new SAT, slated for delivery in 2015, will be undergoing substantial changes, especially the Essay section.....
Juniors: Are you Taking the PSAT?
True Admissions Blog - Oct 2, 2013
The PSAT/NMSQT will be administered on October 16 and October 19 to high school juniors. The PSAT is a "practice" test for the SAT and colleges do not see scores. ...
Ace the ACT With Tailored Test Prep
US News & World Report - Sep 30, 2013
To ace the ACT, students should create and commit to a detailed study plan. Choose a structured prep regimen for the time you have available and mark all of your designated study times on a calendar to stay on track. ...
$6 Can Make a Difference
Inside Higher Ed  - Oct 1, 2013
In an era when sticker price at some colleges tops $60,000, it may seem odd to think that $6 could make a difference in students’ decisions about the institutions to which they apply....
This Year's SAT Scores Are Out, and They're Grim
The Atlantic - Sep 26, 2013
Fewer than half of the 2013 graduating seniors who took the test got college-ready" scores. ...
Hints on the New SAT
Inside Higher Ed - Sep 20, 2013
TORONTO -- David Coleman, president of the College Board, was fairly general here Thursday in describing the changes coming to the SAT. His theme was that the new SAT would be more closely tied to high school and college curriculums and less coachable than is the current version...
How to dive head-first into SAT prep this fall
SAT Prep Examiner - Sep 20, 2013
With the passage of Labor Day comes a return to all things academic: college applications, homework, and, yes, preparation for dreaded standardized tests like the SAT. . ...
3 Reasons Your PSAT Score Matters
US News & World Report - Sep 23, 2013
Most high school students are familiar with the SAT and spend considerable time getting ready for the exam. However, before they ever sit for the SAT, many will take the Preliminary SAT/National Merit Scholarship Qualifying Test, a standardized test cosponsored by the College Board and National Merit Scholarship Corporation. ...
7 cheap ways to study for the SAT and ACT
CBSNews MoneyWatch - Sep 23, 2013
(MoneyWatch) It's SAT and ACT testing season, which means millions of teenagers are now stressing about these high-stakes college entrance exams. ...
College Admissions Officers Ready for Revamped SAT
US News University - Sep 22, 2013
This past February, David Coleman, president of the College Board, sent an email to the nonprofit organization's members explaining that the SAT - the test the College Board owns - will undergo a redesign. . ...
3 reasons to take SAT practice tests
US News & World Report - Sep 12, 2013
Your junior and senior years of high school can be tough; there’s simply no avoiding that fact. I remember my own upperclassman years well. Between your part-time job and coursework....
Colleges where the ACT with Writing can stand in for SAT Subject Tests®
DC College Admissions Examiner - Sep 12, 2013
For most students, SAT Subject Tests are thankfully not part of the application rat race. It’s only a handful of highly "selective" schools that either require or very strongly suggest the submission of two or more Subject Test scores to be considered for admission....
The Case Against the SAT
US News & World Report - Sep 6, 2013
The debate over the use of standardized test scores in college admissions is not new. Opponents condemn the practice as biased; proponents tout it as a critical indicator of future academic success. But few live the experience from both sides.....
ACT Profile Aims to Help Students Find Career and College Direction
EdWeek - Sep 9, 2013
ACT Inc. launched a new interactive website today to help high school students explore possible career paths and college options that are a good match with their individual strengths, interests, and values.....
Should a 7th grader take the ACT or SAT?
CBSNews MoneyWatch - Sep 4, 2013
(MoneyWatch) Should a seventh grader take the ACT or SAT test? That's the question I received this week from the mother of a young middle-school student who wants to know if it's too soon to take the college entrance exams....
Aziz and Jones: The difference between the ACT and the SAT
The Coloradoan - Sep 4, 2013
Standardized test sc ores from the ACT or SAT tests provide college admissions officers comparable, quantitative data when assessing a prospective applicant’s ability to succeed in college. Test scores are just one of several factors taken into consideration, however. ...
Is the SAT or the ACT the Easier Exam?
About.com - Aug 26, 2013
It's a question I get frequently, but there is, of course, no one answer to it. For either exam, only 10% of students will score in the top 10%. In that sense, the two exams are equally difficult....
5 Tips for SAT, ACT Test Prep Procrastinators
US News & World Report - Aug 26, 2013
Many students say they do their best work under a tight deadline. But if you've put off studying for the SAT or ACT until the last minute, getting ready to sit for the exam will take more effort than just saying to yourself, "I work well under pressure!"...
College Admissions: 5 Reasons To Take The ACT Exam
golocalprov - Aug 20, 2013
While the SAT still dominates standardized testing for college admissions, the ACT has gained significant ground in the last 10 years. Originally, the ACT was more popular with mid-west and west coast colleges,...
Top SAT exam tips
Leesburg Career Coach Examiner - Aug 20, 2013
The next SAT examination is fast approaching. Preparation for the October, 2013 exam will take strategy and practice. Time is of the essence, so it's now time to quit procrastination. ....
Prepare for the SAT on a Budget
US News & World Report - Aug 19, 2013
Aiming for a high SAT score doesn't necessarily mean shelling out for high-cost test prep. While big price tags are common in this industry, there are still many options for improving your score on a tight budget....
3 things to consider before enrolling in AP courses
Chicago SAT Prep Examiner - Aug 20, 2013
Eventually, the cosmologists assure us, our sun and all suns will consume their fuel, violently explode and then become cold and dark. Matter itself will evaporate into the void and the universe will become desolate for the rest of time.....
Should You Take the ACT or SAT?
The College Solution Blog  - Jun 5, 2013
Check out this YouTube video for some great tips about prepping and preparing for Saturday's SAT. You would think these would be no-brainers, but we can't tell you how many sob stories we've heard from students who didn't follow this advice...
4 Tips for the Day Before and 4 Tips for the Morning of the SAT
True Admissions Blog  - May 30, 2013
Check out this YouTube video for some great tips about prepping and preparing for Saturday's SAT. You would think these would be no-brainers, but we can't tell you how many sob stories we've heard from students who didn't follow this advice...
 
 

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