iOS app Android app

Sat

Common Core Standards and PSATs and SATs -- Oh, My!

Laura Rossi Totten | Posted 05.04.2014 | Education
Laura Rossi Totten

When I heard that a blogger wrote the new book The Perfect Score Project, I thought that maybe -- just maybe -- Debbie Stier can save one child from the miserable test taking experiences I endured during my childhood education.

Joy Resmovits

Here's The New SAT Test Essay Question

HuffingtonPost.com | Joy Resmovits | Posted 03.06.2014 | Parents

AUSTIN, Texas -- The venerable SAT college admissions test will look very different in spring 2016. And, according to the new test's architect, there ...

Time to Dethrone the Standardized Test

Kyle Redford | Posted 04.30.2014 | Education
Kyle Redford

Last week a study that raises questions about the value of standardized test scores as a predictor of college success was released. My hope is that the findings will launch a long-overdue cultural conversation about the "gatekeeper" role these tests play in the college admissions process.

Receiving Testing Accommodations for Learning Disabilities

Joie Jager-Hyman | Posted 04.09.2014 | Education
Joie Jager-Hyman

If you have a learning disability, and you believe that receiving accommodations will help you to achieve a higher score, proactivity is key.

What the New SAT May Look Like and Why It Could Be Mandatory

Alex Mallory | Posted 03.30.2014 | Education
Alex Mallory

The College Board plans bigger, farther-reaching changes for the SAT, an admirable goal for the oft-criticized test. But why rush those plans for a launch in 2015? Probably to turn the tide against the SAT's dwindling market share.

What the First Round of College Admissions Decisions Told Us

Patrick O'Connor | Posted 03.24.2014 | College
Patrick O'Connor

It's always good to dream, but as the saying goes, the wise dreamer has one foot on the clouds, and one foot on the ground -- and for some, enough Number Two pencils for another shot at the SAT or ACT.

Repeat After Me: 'I Am More Than My GPA'

Katie Atkinson | Posted 03.22.2014 | Teen
Katie Atkinson

If you are in high school, there is a good chance that you have felt defined by your GPA, ACT scores, numerical averages, test grades, or the number of AP courses you take. You may have felt inferior to a peer whose class rank is above yours.

pSAT Results Don't Matter for Elite Private High School Students

Alex Mallory | Posted 02.10.2014 | Education
Alex Mallory

The quickly-shifting landscape of standardized college entrance exams has made the pSAT a confusing relic for New York City independent school juniors to handle.

Feeling Over-Tested?

This article was written by teen reporters from The Mash, a weekly publication distributed to Chicagoland high schools. By McKayla Braid, Plainfiel...

More Mistakes to Avoid in Your College Application

Patrick O'Connor | Posted 12.25.2013 | College
Patrick O'Connor

The challenges facing Common Application may be making the headlines, but many students applying to college with or without Common App are hurting their chances of admission by failing to follow some pretty basic steps.

Applying to College: Test Scores, Letters and Resumes

Patrick O'Connor | Posted 12.14.2013 | College
Patrick O'Connor

Seniors are starting to put the final touches on some of their college applications, which means it's time to look at some of the small details that, taken together, can make a difference in the way your application will be reviewed.

The (First) Three Things Parents Want From Their Kids' College

Patrick O'Connor | Posted 12.10.2013 | College
Patrick O'Connor

Families don't really care if a college considers low test scores; they do care that they don't know who does what. Put your policy on your front admissions page for all the world to see. It will save time, money, and confusion.

Want to Get Into College? How Well Do You Think?

Patrick O'Connor | Posted 01.23.2014 | College
Patrick O'Connor

Bard College's new option allows a student to write four research papers from a list of 17 topics on the Bard website, and the topics are complete with the documentation you need to at least get started. Once submitted, if each one earns a professor's grade of B+ or higher, welcome to Bard.

Joy Resmovits

2013 SAT Results Show American Kids Still Aren't Ready For College

HuffingtonPost.com | Joy Resmovits | Posted 09.26.2013 | Politics

Only 43 percent of test-takers in 2013 met the SAT's definition of being prepared for college, a statistic that has remained stagnant since 2009. ...

SAT Scores and Asian American Academic Achievements

Andrew Lam | Posted 11.10.2013 | College
Andrew Lam

According to The National Center for Fair and Open Testing, there's a disturbing trend in SAT scores in America. The score over all has fallen 20 poin...

Joy Resmovits

This Man Is About To Give The SAT A Dramatic Makeover

HuffingtonPost.com | Joy Resmovits | Posted 08.30.2013 | Politics

NEW YORK -- Growing up in downtown Manhattan as the son of a psychiatrist and a college president, David Coleman never wanted for stimulation. At the ...

Applying to College: No SAT or ACT Required?

Roger Ochoa | Posted 10.05.2013 | College
Roger Ochoa

In a move not unlike many of its contemporaries, Brandeis University has opted to pilot "test-flexibility," in which applications submitted after July 1st, 2013, will not be required to show standardized test scores. The school is not the first to make this move, nor will it be the last.

Strategic Standardized Test Regimen for Junior Year

Alex Mallory | Posted 09.01.2013 | College
Alex Mallory

Summer is here and students across the nation are rejoicing. But anxiety may stubbornly persist for the families of many rising high school juniors even as the focus shifts from final exams to sports, camp and travel.

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.

The Damage of 'Impossible Perfectionism'

Joie Jager-Hyman | Posted 08.05.2013 | College
Joie Jager-Hyman

Last week, I got an email from a client asking me if it was OK for her son to skip one of his SAT Subject Tests this Saturday because he has been ill from what his doctor diagnosed as "stress-related migraines."

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?

Why Students and Parents Need to Know the Latest Buzz About 'Test Optional' Colleges

Marjorie Hansen Shaevitz | Posted 07.15.2013 | College
Marjorie Hansen Shaevitz

An increasing number of colleges and universities now make standardized testing an option, not a requirement. That is, some colleges leave it to individual applicants to determine whether they wish to take the SAT I or ACT or Subject Tests, and then report the scores to schools.

Applying to College? Four Things Juniors Should Do Now

Patrick O'Connor | Posted 07.03.2013 | College
Patrick O'Connor

Given this frenetic level of activity, this probably isn't the time to be talking about fall -- but there are a few autumnal things to put on the smartphone, personal planner, or family fridge.

Google Search Is a Teen's "Best Friend" When Looking for College Admissions Information

Marjorie Hansen Shaevitz | Posted 04.25.2013 | College
Marjorie Hansen Shaevitz

The City of San Diego Public Library system is at the forefront in California, if not the U.S., in providing information and resources about college a...

To All the Colleges That May Never Get a Chance to Reject Me: From the Poor Black Kid With Two Moms

Angela Onwuachi-Willig | Posted 06.17.2013 | College
Angela Onwuachi-Willig

If I had been an upper middle-class, able-bodied, U.S. born white girl with heterosexual parents, perhaps I would not dread going to my classes that are filled with bullies and racial microaggressions, and I would be able to fully concentrate on my studies.