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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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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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