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ACT Announces Changes To Testing Policies

On October 8th the ACT organization announced significant changes that will take effect with the September 2020 national ACT test date:  

  • ACT Section Retesting: For the first time in the 60-year history of the ACT test, students who have already taken the test will be allowed to retake individual ACT section tests (English, math, reading, science and/or writing), rather than having to take the entire ACT test again.
  • Online testing with faster score results: Students will

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

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…

Your PSAT Scores Are In, Now What?

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?

Now that your PSAT scores are in, use these tips to plan your next move.

How to interpret your PSAT score: The PSAT is scored out of 760 points per section rather than the total 800…

Applying for Testing Accommodations: START EARLY!

Children who have ever 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…

Tips On Getting Started With Standardized Testing

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,

Admissions In The News…

ACT now offers free online prep in response to SAT’s practice options at Khan Academy. The platform can be found here.

More and more colleges are no longer requiring the writing section of the SAT and ACT. James Murphy of Princeton Review makes an argument to eliminate this section completely.

Tufts University is the most recent college to drop its requirement of SAT Subject Test scores. Given that only seven U.S. schools now “broadly” require these tests, how much longer will…

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

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…

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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