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The Act or the New SAT: Which One Should You Take?

Elizabeth Dankoski | Posted 02.08.2016 | Education
Elizabeth Dankoski

With the new SAT coming out this March, a lot of students are feeling the test prep crunch even more than usual. The College Board has made some s...

The Power of a Posse: Collaborating With Peers During SAT and ACT Prep

Erika Oppenheimer | Posted 02.05.2016 | Education
Erika Oppenheimer

Every SAT and ACT follows predictable patterns and requires an understanding of the same basic formulas, rules, and techniques. When the pencil meets the bubble sheet, it comes down to you, the test taker. But within the test prep process, there are also opportunities to join forces.

Two Brothers Follow Their College Dreams To China And U.S.

The Huffington Post | Matt Sheehan | Posted 01.28.2016 | World

BEIJING -- Ding Xuanyu and Ding Xuancheng were born just a few minutes apart and are separated by one Chinese character in their names. The twin ...

The Most Important Thing You Can Do for Your SAT/ACT Prep if You're in 10th Grade

Erika Oppenheimer | Posted 01.28.2016 | Education
Erika Oppenheimer

Read. Yes, it really is that simple. The best thing you can do to prepare yourself for the SAT and ACT if you aren't quite ready to start actually prepping for the SAT and ACT is to read. The reason is twofold.

A Change in Store for College Admissions?

Patrick O'Connor | Posted 01.20.2016 | College
Patrick O'Connor

Thanks in large part to the ridiculous idea that there is one best college for everyone, applying to college has turned into a parody of Reality TV, where students spend thousands of dollars and hundreds of hours preparing for a four hour test that, in the eyes of many, holds their future well-being in the balance.

Fulfilling Martin Luther King Jr.'s Dream: the Role for Higher Education

The Conversation US | Posted 01.18.2016 | Education
The Conversation US

We -- the universities -- are the ones sitting in the midst of these realities, facing the choice between being walled citadels that separate the privileged from the uninvited other or being welcoming hubs connecting young individuals with opportunity.

What to Do When You Are Feeling Burnt Out

Erika Oppenheimer | Posted 12.18.2015 | Education
Erika Oppenheimer

Burnout is a common phenomenon at this time of year. Given the high demand of classes and activities in the final weeks before winter break, a multitu...

Don't Tell Ambitious People to Relax

Lisa Earle McLeod | Posted 12.15.2015 | Business
Lisa Earle McLeod

Driven people have a tendency to become frantic. Telling them to calm down only makes them more frantic. Instead, praise their drive, and provide the support they need to focus their ambition.

The College Board Under David Coleman: Bad for SAT Business

Mercedes Schneider | Posted 12.07.2015 | Education
Mercedes Schneider

Becoming part of the College Board's new SAT roll out caught numerous students unawares as Coleman's College Board decided to use students taking the October 2015 SAT as the first guinea pigs for the new scoring delivery system. And it went badly.

The Ever-Changing Landscape of Standardized Testing for College Admissions

Ryan Hickey | Posted 12.04.2015 | College
Ryan Hickey

How exactly does today's SAT, or any standardized test, for that matter, relate to a student's ability to succeed in college?

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...