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Illinois Colleges With Students Who Have the Highest Average ACT Scores

Reboot Illinois | Posted 03.02.2015 | Chicago
Reboot Illinois

While a student's ACT or SAT scores might be only one part of a college application, they can be a useful numerical marking of the kinds of students applying to and being admitted to particular schools.

Mr. Burns at ACT: Hilarity Begins With Apocalyptic Events

Leo Stutzin | Posted 02.28.2015 | San Francisco
Leo Stutzin

Being reasonably familiar with the TV series will certainly let a viewer pick up nuances that went over my head, and I'm sure over many others, but you don't have to be a Simpsons addict to appreciate the delights of Mr. Burns. It sizzles.

The Perfect Score

Natalie Kalin | Posted 02.25.2015 | Education
Natalie Kalin

At this point in my high school career, I no longer have to worry about standardized testing. I have several junior friends, however, that are where I once was: stressed out, asking for advice on how to get the perfect score, willing to pay for the countless practice books I own.

What Two Little Girl Scouts Can Teach Us All

Deirdre Maloney | Posted 02.23.2015 | Good News
Deirdre Maloney

Realize that having someone with you can make a good experience that much better. Learn from Lily and Lisa. In the end, you just might find you get all sing-songy yourself.

Why I'll Root for Reese on Oscar Sunday

Lauren Daley | Posted 02.17.2015 | Books
Lauren Daley

When I saw pictures of Cheryl on the red carpet at the Golden Globes in January, I somehow felt a tinge of pride. It's kind of like the feeling you might get when a college basketball player you've always thought was great gets selected for the NBA, and then becomes an NBA star.

Our Little Walk Through the Fear Pile

Deirdre Maloney | Posted 02.09.2015 | Healthy Living
Deirdre Maloney

Know that the answer to "what's the worst that can happen?" doesn't have to come with a scary imaginative monster story. Go rational. Save your creative juices for later.

What Does It Really Mean to Get a Perfect Score on the SAT or ACT?

The Prospect | Posted 02.03.2015 | College
The Prospect

A plethora of guide books, websites, and College Confidential threads are clamoring to give students advice on the right way to study in order to get a 2400 and/or 36. Simply put, it's something people care about, like, a lot.

This Is a Test -- Let's Play

Deirdre Maloney | Posted 01.27.2015 | Healthy Living
Deirdre Maloney

Once I decided to leave the gym I desperately tried to figure out what would replace it... the class or the boot camp or the activity that would be the right fit now.

Stoppard's Indian Ink Returns to ACT, Visually Gorgeous but Dramatically Uneven

Leo Stutzin | Posted 01.29.2015 | San Francisco
Leo Stutzin

No one should be surprised when any theatrical canvas painted by Tom Stoppard is enormous: In Indian Ink, he outdid himself, perhaps too ambitiously.

How to Handle the 'Fondue Effect'

Deirdre Maloney | Posted 01.12.2015 | Healthy Living
Deirdre Maloney

Yes, life is for the living. And fondue can be awesome when the time is right. The trick is just remembering how those little bits can add up... and knowing how to keep them from doing so.

Release La.'s Class of 2014 ACT Scores

Mercedes Schneider | Posted 01.06.2015 | Education
Mercedes Schneider

RSD student test results can no longer be dismissed as the residue of pre-Katrina education disappointment. That RSD new car smell is gone, John White.

8 Things Guaranteed to Happen to You in the New Year

Deirdre Maloney | Posted 02.21.2015 | Healthy Living
Deirdre Maloney

Enjoy the awesome stuff and make the most of it. And when the not-so-awesome stuff comes your way... allow it to happen, do your best to stay calm, deal with it, and know that it's on its way out, too.

When Stupid, Ugly Numbers Freak You Out

Deirdre Maloney | Posted 02.07.2015 | Healthy Living
Deirdre Maloney

So I got my credit card statement yesterday. Immediately my heartbeat picked up speed. After all, my spending has been a bit... shall we say... activ...

5 Ways To Keep The Morning Of The SAT Stress-Free

| Posted 12.02.2014 | Teen

By Sara Heath You’ve read all the prep guides, taken SAT/ACT prep courses and went to bed super early last night. But now it’s the morning of t...

How to Like Your Life More

Deirdre Maloney | Posted 01.24.2015 | Healthy Living
Deirdre Maloney

It's up to us to remember why it excited us, and to ask ourselves if it still does. It's up to us to ask ourselves how we can make it fun again, perhaps in a new way. And then it's up to us to do it.

The Observing Self: A Tool Essential to Save Ourselves and Our Planet

Jane Simon, M.D. | Posted 01.24.2015 | Healthy Living
Jane Simon, M.D.

It is the observing self that grants us a sense of "agency" with the capacity to change ourselves and our world.

Riveting Performance Anchors ACT's Controversial 'Testament'

Leo Stutzin | Posted 01.08.2015 | San Francisco
Leo Stutzin

Seana McKenna as Mary: opening her arms to a challenging role Photos by Kevin Berne Canadian actress Seana McKenna is divine. The role she fil...

The Seemingly-Virtuous, Often-Dangerous Word We All Use

Deirdre Maloney | Posted 12.28.2014 | Healthy Living
Deirdre Maloney

I'll get all set and all comfy... and then that bright, glaring sunshine busts through the curtains, makes its way across the floor and lands squarely on my conscience, convincing me that I'm lazy for not basking in it.

I Now Pronounce You Happy

Deirdre Maloney | Posted 12.14.2014 | Healthy Living
Deirdre Maloney

The good news is that not every unexpected experience has been about escaping death. Instead, several have brought unexpected lessons for a happier life. Three recent lessons have proven themselves to be particularly happiness-building. I present them to you now..

How Important Are Your Children's High School Grades?

Bradford M. Pine | Posted 12.03.2014 | Parents
Bradford M. Pine

Of course, we all know on an intellectual level that our children's grades matter, but it's hard to appreciate their significance until you've gone through the college application experience yourself.

Don't Worry... Be Crappy

Deirdre Maloney | Posted 11.29.2014 | Healthy Living
Deirdre Maloney

Over the years I've gotten pretty good at being pretty crappy at some things. To be clear, I hate being crappy at things. It's not my intention, it's frustrating. But I also know that sometimes it's just necessary.

How To Tackle Life's Little Frustrations

Deirdre Maloney | Posted 11.21.2014 | Healthy Living
Deirdre Maloney

Know that life will hand you a stink every once in a while. Accept and feel your stink. Respond to it and remember it. And know that life's stinks are just part of the game. And you can handle it just fine.

Theater's Clown Princes Deliver Fresh Hilarity in ACT's Old Hats

Leo Stutzin | Posted 11.18.2014 | San Francisco
Leo Stutzin

Has ACT's Geary Theater ever rocked with laughter to match the roars that greeted Bill Irwin, David Shiner and friends at the opening of Old Hats, which just kicked off the company's 2014-15 season?

Kissing the Banana Trunk: Will You Commit and Act in the Fight Against Ebola?

Steven C. Hayes, Ph.D. | Posted 11.18.2014 | Impact
Steven C. Hayes, Ph.D.

Among the problems countries like Sierra Leone face in the battle against Ebola, two strike the American mind as all but incomprehensible: 1.) the widespread skepticism that the disease actually exists and 2.) burial practices that to our eyes are not only clear disease vectors but even a little macabre.

Why, When and How to Choose Between the SAT and ACT

Erika Oppenheimer | Posted 11.02.2014 | Education
Erika Oppenheimer

At the beginning of your work on the college admissions tests, the first thing you should do is an experiment. Take an official practice test of both the SAT and the ACT in order to choose one to focus on. The more experience you have with a test -- either test -- the better you will master it.