December Snapshot: Self-Reported Test Scores

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

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Five Tips For Reporting SAT, ACT and AP Scores To Colleges

It’s fall of senior year so it is time to get into the nitty-gritty details of applying to colleges. If you want a college to see standardized test scores, you will need to have them sent officially by ACT or College Board  for the SAT and SAT Subject tests. Some colleges now allow students to self-report their test scores in the application and save money.  The apply checklist on each college website will indicate if self-reported scores are  accepted.  Here are some  additional…

Making Sense of New SAT & ACT Scores

The world of standardized testing has changed significantly over the past 20+ years. The SAT is no longer the “go to” test for college admission; the ACT has acquired a good chunk of the market share and scores on the new (revised) SAT are inflated and thus misleading. This makes it challenging for students to understand their scores and determine which test is a better fit.

The College Board has undergone two major adjustments to the SAT over the past 20 years. The first was in 2005…

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Harshly Scored ACT Writing Section Causing Panic

The calls and emails trickled in following the release of this fall’s ACT writing tests, with many sounding something like this:

“Uh oh, I just got my writing score and it was only a 24.” (This student had a 34 ACT composite with 36 being the highest one can earn on the test, a stellar score).

By December, every one of our students who scored high on the ACT composite reported a relatively low writing section score despite writing a strong essay. College admissions list serves lit up…

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PSAT Scores: Making Sense of Your Results

By now most students have received their PSAT score reports, which arrived a month later than College Board, administrator of the test, promised. (As of this writing, however, students from a few high schools still had not received their scores). Beyond the logistical issues, counselors, test preparation professionals and educational consultants nationwide have observed a strange trend related to this crop of PSAT results—the percentiles are unusually high. No one can…

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SAT Optional: To Submit or Not?

Every year, more colleges join the ranks of those who leave it up to applicants whether to submit their SAT or ACT scores—or not. (For a complete list of such colleges visit www.fairtest.org.) It can be confusing for high school seniors to know if this option makes sense for them. Here are some guidelines.

Submit If You Are In The Range. If an applicant’s test scores fall into the middle 50 percent of the freshman profile then the student should absolutely submit scores. The middle…

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