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Which Test Is It Better to Take -- The New SAT or the Current One?

Gary R. Gruber, Ph.D. | Posted 11.24.2015 | Education
Gary R. Gruber, Ph.D.

Many students are asking the question should I take the current SAT or the ACT or take the New SAT which will be offered in March 2016. Some things you should know about the current ACT and New SAT both of which are quite similar.

Gilmore Girls: A Case Study in Discussing Your PSAT, SAT and ACT Scores With Classmates

Erika Oppenheimer | Posted 11.23.2015 | Education
Erika Oppenheimer

I say this with all due respect. Goodness knows, there are many amazing things about seeing the world through the eyes of a 16-year-old. But every age has its advantages and its insights.

Why 1904 Testing Methods Should Not Be Used for Today's Students

The Conversation US | Posted 11.18.2015 | Education
The Conversation US

Testing is compromising the future of many of our able students. Today's testing comes at the expense of validity (strong prediction of future success), equity (ensuring that members of various groups have an equal shot), and common sense in identifying those students who think deeply and reflectively, rather than those who are good at answering shallow multiple-choice questions.

My Biggest Fear About Meditating -- And How it Relates to Your SAT and ACT Prep

Erika Oppenheimer | Posted 10.07.2015 | Education
Erika Oppenheimer

When I first started meditating during my junior year of college, I didn't have many expectations, so I didn't see much of a downside. I was studying abroad in London at the time, and one of my classmates invited me to join her for a group meditation she attended regularly.

5 Reasons to Start College Planning in Middle School

Todd VanDuzer | Posted 10.06.2015 | Education
Todd VanDuzer

We're not talking about going on college tours, or looking at dorm rooms, or even picking up a brochure. But since your student isn't in high school yet, this is the perfect time to make sure they're headed in the direction of success.

More Students Are Taking The SAT, Even As Scores Fail To Improve

The Huffington Post | Rebecca Klein | Posted 09.04.2015 | Politics

The College Board, the company that oversees the SATs and Advanced Placement program, released test results from the 2o14-2015 school year on Thursda...

The Tiger Mom Tax: Asians Nearly Twice As Likely To Get Higher Price From Princeton Review

ProPublica | Annum Masroor | Posted 09.01.2015 | Politics

Every year, thousands of high school students get ready for the SAT by using The Princeton Review’s test preparation services. But few, if any,...

Disarming the Selective College Arms Race: 6 Strategies for Parents

Hélène Tragos Stelian | Posted 08.26.2015 | College
Hélène Tragos Stelian

So how can we, the parents, help our kids navigate this crazy arms race of elite college admissions without feeding the beast? While we may be powerless to change the system, what steps can we take to make the best of a difficult situation, for our kids, our families, and our communities?

What Changed In College Admissions This Summer

Patrick O'Connor | Posted 08.10.2015 | College
Patrick O'Connor

If they've done it the right way, members of the Class of 2016 are just coming back from their Best. Summer. Ever. to realize it may be time to get serious about college. Since many college-bound families started their search in junior year, the biggest question they have right now is "What's changed over the summer?"

George Washington University Drops Admissions Test Requirements

The Huffington Post | Lydia Oconnor | Posted 07.29.2015 | College

George Washington University on Monday became one of the largest and most prestigious schools to join a nationwide movement agains...

Early Look at 2016 SAT Practice Materials Raise Concerns

Alex Mallory | Posted 06.29.2015 | Education
Alex Mallory

The new SAT is not a bad test, but it is not yet polished. Given its numerous similarities to the ACT, therefore, students currently heading into their junior years will find the ACT a more reliable option for prep work.

Great Summer Apps and Websites for College-Bound Juniors

Patrick O'Connor | Posted 06.04.2015 | College
Patrick O'Connor

Juniors, you're in a tough spot. You want a summer filled with beach; your parents want a summer filled with college prep, and writing essays on the sandy shore is out. What to do?

New SAT: A Biased Exam In A Biased World

Josh Stephens | Posted 06.02.2015 | College
Josh Stephens

Today, the long-awaited redesign of the SAT exam takes a step forward with the debut of Khan Academy's online SAT preparation program. The redesign responds, in part, to some harrowing shortcomings of the current iteration of the exam.

Let's Sue Harvard and End Illegal Preferences in College Admission

Steve Nelson | Posted 06.02.2015 | College
Steve Nelson

Let's have a lawsuit where all the "different" learners, visionaries, poets, iconoclasts, artists and musicians come together and sue Harvard for giving illegal preference to applicants who brandish their relatively unimportant test scores. That's a lawsuit I'd join.

Want To Know How You Would Do On The New SAT?

The Huffington Post | Rebecca Klein | Posted 06.02.2015 | Politics

The College Board and Khan Academy unveiled a new set of tools Tuesday designed to make it easier for kids to study for the new SAT. The resources inc...

Managing Test Anxiety in Today's High Stakes Testing Era

Daniel B. Peters, Ph.D. | Posted 06.30.2015 | Parents
Daniel B. Peters, Ph.D.

School worry and test worry are common. There has become an increased focus on grades, GPAs, and a fear-based mentality that kids will not get into a good college unless they have a 4.6 GPA. Sadly, this fearful mentality has trickled down all the way to elementary school today! What is going on? And what should parents do?

2016 SAT: The Latest Research and Analysis

Alex Mallory | Posted 06.22.2015 | Education
Alex Mallory

The 2016 SAT is content-based, with less emphasis on logic than the current SAT. Math problems are more likely to look like problems that could appear in a school math class and less like logic puzzles.

A Short, Thumb-nail Sketch of What's Going on With College Admissions Testing: The "New" SAT and "Old" ACT

Marjorie Hansen Shaevitz | Posted 06.14.2015 | College
Marjorie Hansen Shaevitz

For the Class of 2016-2017 (current sophomores) colleges and universities will be accepting the new SAT, but many have not yet decided whether they will continue to accept the old one. Oh boy!

Skip the SAT? Why?

Patrick O'Connor | Posted 06.09.2015 | College
Patrick O'Connor

I can't believe people are getting nervous about an exam that's going to be rolled out next month but not given until next year. Consider this.

Tactical College Visiting

Alex Mallory | Posted 05.11.2015 | College
Alex Mallory

As high school juniors and their parents ponder whether to visit or not to visit, I strongly recommend the former. It's the only way for students to see whether they could imagine spending four years at a given college, and it allows them to set themselves apart from the pack by showing colleges how much they really do care.

SAT or ACT? College Testing Advice for Michigan's Tenth Graders

Patrick O'Connor | Posted 05.10.2015 | Detroit
Patrick O'Connor

Tenth graders in Michigan were pushed into the mania of college testing a little early. The tumult began when the Michigan Department of Education announced it would be offering the SAT as the required state test for college admission, starting in the 2015-16 school year.

Illinois Colleges With Students Who Have the Highest Average ACT Scores

Reboot Illinois | Posted 05.02.2015 | 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.

The Perfect Score

Natalie Kalin | Posted 04.26.2015 | 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 Does It Really Mean to Get a Perfect Score on the SAT or ACT?

The Prospect | Posted 04.05.2015 | 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.

A Case Against the SAT

Hasan Khan | Posted 04.01.2015 | Teen
Hasan Khan

The SAT standardized tests have become the tool of choice to certify a student's readiness objectively, but is this system truly as foolproof as it is lauded to be?