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De-Grading: Why Do Schools Use Grades That Teach Nothing?

Jonathan Lash | Posted 09.24.2016 | Education
Jonathan Lash

The survey also revealed long-term benefits of narrative evaluations. One alum, now a professor, said grades don't mean much at the large university where she's teaching. "Narrative evaluations mean more to students and say more about them," she wrote.

Should Your Student Treat The ACT/SAT Like A Class?

Ishan Puri | Posted 07.28.2016 | Education
Ishan Puri

By Adam Lawrence and Ishan Puri With the school year fast approaching, it's time for students to begin thinking about how to prepare for the ACT an...

College Counseling: Public vs. Private School - Which One Is Right For Me?

Ishan Puri | Posted 06.02.2016 | College
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Ishan Puri

Students change, so colleges are instead looking for dynamic individuals that are open-minded, capable of learning, and able to contribute back to their community. These traits can be show at either a private or public school.

How Important are SAT and ACT for college admissions?

Ishan Puri | Posted 05.20.2016 | Education
Ishan Puri

One of the most frequent questions we get at Synocate is how important academics are for college admissions. Specifically, many students ask us about ...

The Pre-College Checklist for Worried Parents

Janis Couvreux | Posted 01.06.2016 | College
Janis Couvreux

College is a serious step in your child's life, and whether you believe it or not, it's pretty complicated -- much more so than it was just 20 years ago. I wish I had been more familiar with the ins and outs of the college process when my children went to college. Things were different then, and certainly not as complex as they are today.

Mindful Money

Ira Israel | Posted 08.21.2016 | Healthy Living
Ira Israel

Do you consider your bank account to be an accurate indicator of your success in comparison to your fellow humans on planet earth? Well, then BRAVO! Well done! Because there are at least 3,500,000,000 people who survive (barely) on less that what you paid for your cup of coffee or tea this morning.

College Rejection Doesn't Have to Mean Frustration

Josh Stephens | Posted 02.12.2015 | College
Josh Stephens

Students can do a great deal, both before and after applying, to ensure that they maintain their sanity, embrace colleges' decisions, and actually increase their chances of getting into their favored schools.

Aiming for Harvard? A Perfect SAT Score Can Actually Backfire

Elizabeth Dankoski | Posted 02.04.2015 | College
Elizabeth Dankoski

These 5 steps will lead your child directly into a path of unstoppable success -- and significantly boost the chance of acceptance into a top choice school.

Rigor in the Admissions Process

Jonathan Lash | Posted 01.19.2015 | Education
Jonathan Lash

Without SAT/ACT scores, and recognizing that grades are not a true measure of learning, how does a selective college make admissions decisions?

13 Important Things To Remember Before You Freak Out About The SAT

The Huffington Post | Amanda Scherker | Posted 11.07.2014 | Teen

News flash: the SAT is not fun -- but you already knew that. Taking the test can be really stressful and it can feel like the be-all and end-all o...

'Stuff' That's Difficult to Find -- Let Alone Understand -- But Important to Know for College Applications

Marjorie Hansen Shaevitz | Posted 01.11.2015 | College
Marjorie Hansen Shaevitz

In September, I offered a HuffPost blog entitled, "Help for the 6 Most Confusing Parts of the New 2014-15 Common App." Since that time, a lot of other questions have come up from students and parents. Here are some of the more frequently asked.

15 Things That Are Way More Fun To Look At Than Your SAT Scores

The Huffington post | Amanda Scherker | Posted 10.29.2014 | Teen

Ever since the October SAT scores were posted online yesterday, Twitter has been in standardized testing overdrive. But no matter how many times you d...

Finnish Lessons for American School Boards: Are We More Alike than We Think?

Curtis Valentine | Posted 12.21.2014 | Education
Curtis Valentine

As the mid-term elections approach, its important to highlight that the inaction of Congress to address public education has put renewed pressures on state and local governments to act.

First Public University Scraps SAT Requirement For New Students

Reuters | Posted 09.28.2014 | College

July 29 (Reuters) - Philadelphia's Temple University said on Tuesday it will no longer require prospective students to submit a standardized test sc...

Why We're Wrong About Affirmative Action: Stereotypes, Testing and the 'Soft Bigotry of Low Expectations'

William A. Darity Jr. | Posted 09.27.2014 | College
William A. Darity Jr.

There is little reason to believe that the widely held claim that black and Latino students enter selective universities as comparatively inferior students will not cease to rear its ugly head. It is a pervasive stereotype that minority students must face from matriculation to graduation.

Maximize Your Summer

Ishan Puri | Posted 08.09.2014 | Education
Ishan Puri

Around the nation, the summer sun dawns a new beginning and change of pace. High school students ask the perennial question: "What should I be doing?"...

These Are The States With The Smartest Students

The Huffington Post | Rebecca Klein | Posted 05.13.2014 | College

It looks like the Mason-Dixon Line could apply to modern-day student achievement. A new map compiled by research engine FindTheBest shows that when...

Are We Ready for "Score Inflation?"

Stephen Secora | Posted 06.02.2014 | College
Stephen Secora

By making the SAT more representative of what students learn in their schools, the College Board may democratize the exam, and make its accessibility -- and therefore college's accessibility -- open to everyone.

My Problem With The New SAT

Jasmine Han | Posted 05.10.2014 | Teen
Jasmine Han

The redesign of the SAT is a new concept for everyone. The general consensus is that the SAT is becoming easier and less agonizing. But it may be too easy.

The Maddening Truth About SAT Scores

The Huffington Post | Maxwell Strachan | Posted 03.06.2014 | Business

The College Board, the nonprofit company that owns the SAT, announced a number of changes to the college admissions test Wednesday. In large part, the...

5 Easy Ways To Improve Your SAT Score

| Posted 10.25.2013 | Teen

By Amanda Hancock When the ACT and the SAT roll around, it can seem like four years of club meetings, volunteering, school functions and exams all ...

'I Never Thought I'd Be Unhappy With A Perfect Score'

Dani Blum | Posted 08.29.2013 | Teen
Dani Blum

So I studied. I wrote practice essays, cleared out my library's SAT prep shelf, and rationed my hours of sleep a little more harshly. I worked my butt off, got the score I wanted, end of story, right? Well... not exactly.

What Is a Good SAT Score?

Roger Ochoa | Posted 08.23.2013 | College
Roger Ochoa

Obviously, a higher score beats a lower score, but the absolutes are fuzzy. Each score needs context -- the context of each student, and the context of each school.

Stay Safe With SAT Changes

Roger Ochoa | Posted 07.20.2013 | College
Roger Ochoa

Just when you thought you had studied enough, read all the books, done all the prep work. Just when you thought you were safe, sources from College Board announced that it would be changing its infamous SAT yet again. So, this begs the question: Is there a way to master the SAT?

An Open Letter to Suzy Lee Weiss

Eva Shang | Posted 06.11.2013 | College
Eva Shang

To all those accusing affirmative action of "stealing their place": your privilege and sense of entitlement is what causes you to call that place "yours" to begin with. In the long run, colleges are looking for people who have real passion, real interests, and real humility.