“Colleges will be test optional again this year, so I don’t have to worry about tests, right?”
In our practice we are asked a variation on this question frequently, and the answer is complicated. First some background: virtually every college and university in the USA, as well as many international institutions, offered test-optional policies for the 2020-2021 application year due to Covid-related test cancellations, and it is looking like the trend will continue for 2021-2022…
I hope you and your family are healthy and the current situation has not caused hardship for you. Try to remain calm about disruptions such as the test cancellations. As frustrating as this is, remember that colleges will be understanding about this unusual situation. It will all work out.
Here are steps to take between now and June:
Register for the June SAT, or the July ACT just to be safe. Do this ASAP as sites will fill.
It’s March and high school students are selecting courses for next year. You may be wondering if you should consider taking an AP course?
Which AP course should I take?
Do you have a specific area of interest or have you performed well in honors courses? If yes, then consider taking the AP version of the same courses. At most high schools, the AP course covers more advanced material than the honors or college prep course; however, at some high schools it is an accelerated version that…
Fall of senior year is here and it is time to get into the nitty-gritty details of applying to colleges. If you want colleges to receive official score reports, you will need to have them sent officially by ACT or by College Board for the SAT and SAT Subject tests. Here are some tips:
1: Decide whether you are submitting scores.
Check the college’s website to determine if it is “test optional.” If not, you are required to send your best ACT or SAT scores. If the college offers a test optional…
High school juniors (and some sophomores) took the College Board’s PSAT in October. Scores of this Preliminary SAT will be released shortly: around December 3rd to educators and December 10th to students. So what do these scores mean and what should you do about them?
How to interpret your PSAT score: The PSAT is scored out of 760 points per section rather than the total 800…
This fall, most juniors will take the PSAT, a practice standardized test that is very similar to the SAT used in college admissions. Both tests have similar content, format and scoring, and the PSAT is considered good preparation for and helpful in predicting SAT scores.
The PSAT includes two components:
1. Evidence Based Reading and Writing
Within the Evidence Based Reading and Writing there are two tests: the Reading Test and the Writing and Language Test.
Many students are on the go all summer, and it can be difficult to schedule time for standardized test preparation. Many students also know that Khan Academy is an online resource that offers SAT practice tests, interactive problems, videos and more.
It is now possible to link your College Board test results with Khan Academy to get a personalized SAT study plan based on your results.
Go to SAT Practice, then create an account on Khan Academy, or sign into your existing account.
When making admissions decisions, most colleges place the greatest emphasis on a student’s transcript, but the majority also require applicants to submit standardized test scores.
Plan Ahead – Early junior year is an ideal time to plan a standardized testing strategy. Look at the calendar and consider when time will be available for diagnostic testing, test preparation, and the actual test dates. Consider time commitments including sports, work, and family vacations,
A little practice every day adds up over time. Sign up for the Daily Practice for the SAT app. Answer an official question, reveal a hint if you’re stuck, and read answer explanations to learn from your mistakes.
Rather than sending test scores directly through the College Board or ACT, students now have the option to self-report test scores at over 60 colleges.
Students who self-report test scores may list their scores on the college application or upload an unofficial score report, depending on the college’s requirements. Once students enroll in the college, they must send the official test score report. For more information, read this article from Admitted: List Shows …