“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…
Children who have been diagnosed with a learning disability or a medical issue that affects their learning, or who currently receive accommodations such as extended time or use of a computer at school, should start thinking early in high school about applying for accommodations for the SAT or ACT. Starting early means 9th or 10th grade.
Case Study: Realizing The Need Late In High School
Consider Joey’s story. He was a hard-working, first-born student in a private school with…
This is a time of uncertainty which can be difficult. It is only human to want to know what lies ahead. Keep in mind, however, that all high school students are in the same position as you. There have been many changes impacting college admissions and higher education and we will be guiding you through all these changes. Here is a summary of recent developments with resources to help you manage it all. Be sure to contact us with any questions.
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.
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…
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,
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 …
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…