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How Early Should Parents Be Preparing Their Kids for Standardized Testing?

Ryan Hickey | Posted 04.13.2016 | College
Ryan Hickey

Despite the increasing number of colleges and universities that either do not require standardized test scores or make them optional for applicants, t...

Hey, Specialized High Schools, My Latino Kid Is Also Smart

Milena Prinzi | Posted 03.31.2016 | Latino Voices
Milena Prinzi

As alarming as this might sound, these numbers aren't new. What's really causing the great divide? Is it the lack of resources, information or motivation from the minorities? Let's find out.

David Coleman's College Board: Failing at "Problems Grounded in Real-world Contexts"

Mercedes Schneider | Posted 03.14.2016 | Education
Mercedes Schneider

Will the College Board honor its decision to reschedule those March 2016 over-21 test takers for the May 2016 test, or will there be yet another last-minute email to those whose lives have already been disrupted as a result of poor planning on the part of the College Board?

5 Misconceptions About the Redesigned SAT

Chuck Cohn | Posted 03.09.2016 | Education
Chuck Cohn

The College Board, who administers the SAT, launched a new version of the exam on March 5, 2016, once again redesigning and updating the test. This ne...

The Top 5 Things to Know About the New SAT

Erika Oppenheimer | Posted 03.04.2016 | Education
Erika Oppenheimer

The College Board's 2014 announcement that there would be a complete overhaul of the SAT sent many people into a tizzy; and the time has finally come for students to meet the new test. With these five tips in mind, you are bound to get the most out of your standardized testing.

What to Consider Before Choosing a Test Prep Company

Ryan Hickey | Posted 02.17.2016 | College
Ryan Hickey

Selecting a test prep company can be a difficult decision to make. Test prep programs will cost you in terms of both time and money, so you want to make sure that your investment will pay off. Choosing a test prep company is less about whether the methods work and more about whether the methods work for you.

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.

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...

No Threat Left Behind: New York City Stifles Opt Out

Michael Elliot | Posted 12.16.2015 | Education
Michael Elliot

Whether you are a parent in a "high performing" school with plenty of middle and upper class children or a parent with a child in a "low performing" school with a population weighed down by the stresses of poverty, there is a powerful deterrent custom-made for you when it comes to making the decision of whether or not to allow a child to take the tests.

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.

Colleges Run Like Businesses: Here's Why it Matters

Todd VanDuzer | Posted 10.22.2015 | Education
Todd VanDuzer

Ivy League and other prestigious universities -- the ones in high demand, the ones whose names make you raise your eyebrows -- aren't hurting for students. They have plenty of applicants, and many of them, once accepted, will choose to go to their school.

The Surprising Power of the PSAT

Joel Peterson | Posted 09.10.2015 | College
Joel Peterson

Parents who assume that the letters after "PSAT" are just some arcane footnote do so at their own -- and their child's -- peril.

Think Outside the Bubble on the SAT and ACT

Erika Oppenheimer | Posted 09.04.2015 | Education
Erika Oppenheimer

It's easy to get into your head about the questions, and it's just as easy to get into your head about the bubble sheet. Rather than considering the "patterns" among answers, you are better off attending to each question individually.

5 Study Tips for Final Exams

Chuck Cohn | Posted 05.21.2016 | College
Chuck Cohn

The final exam. This end-of-semester staple is one of the most challenging and stressful tests that you'll likely face in your academic career. Depending on your school's academic calendar, you may be tested on 8-16 weeks of material in four or more subjects -- all in the same week.

How to Use Online Learning as Part of Your Test Prep

Chuck Cohn | Posted 05.17.2015 | College
Chuck Cohn

In recent years, online learning has become an increasingly popular option for many students. Because online learning shatters the traditional borders of education, students can immediately access many benefits that were previously unavailable to them.

Test-Day Tips to Maximize Your GRE Score

Chuck Cohn | Posted 04.14.2015 | College
Chuck Cohn

Once you master the GRE's content and format, there is only one thing left to do -- ace the exam! Unfortunately, earning a high score isn't as simple as arriving and logging on to your computer terminal. Your test-day experience may be marked by anxiety and excitement.

What to Do if it Feels Like You Are Running Out of Time on Your SAT/ACT Test Prep

Erika Oppenheimer | Posted 01.19.2015 | Education
Erika Oppenheimer

Well, it's official. With Daylight Savings Time behind us and the Winter Solstice approaching, the days are starting to feel shorter. Much shorter.

College Rankings: What's the Use?

Roger Ochoa | Posted 12.10.2014 | College
Roger Ochoa

There isn't a definitive list or a guide to tell you how to get the perfect job in a desired profession; and there is (absolutely) no list available to tell you which college to attend to get a job in your desired field.

10 Things I Wish I'd Known Before I Left for College

Erika Oppenheimer | Posted 11.09.2014 | College
Erika Oppenheimer

Leaving for college is almost always a world-rocking experience for those who go away to school.

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.

Toward a Fairer Admissions Process

William Lynch III | Posted 09.07.2014 | New York
William Lynch III

New York City's specialized high schools, all unionized public schools, are some of the leading academic institutions of their kind anywhere. However, the current admissions process is shortchanging people of color, among others.

4 Steps to Avoiding the Summer Slump

Erika Oppenheimer | Posted 08.18.2014 | Education
Erika Oppenheimer

Summer vacation obviously provides you with a major opportunity to make progress in SAT/ACT test prep. Without the daily pressures of school, you have much more energy to devote to sharpening your skills. But, as Eleanor Roosevelt said, "With freedom comes responsibility."

Two Must-Do's for Better Organization

Erika Oppenheimer | Posted 08.04.2014 | Education
Erika Oppenheimer

Just as math facts like the Pythagorean theorem help to set the foundation for your tests, organizational skills help to set the foundation for your l...

5 Questions to Find Your 'When to Start' Sweet Spot (In Test Prep and in Life)

Erika Oppenheimer | Posted 07.16.2014 | Education
Erika Oppenheimer

Knowing when to start a project isn't as intuitive as we might initially think -- especially when it comes to projects pertaining to long-term goals rather than short-term assignments.

A Q and A On Everything College

Jeannie Borin | Posted 06.23.2014 | College
Jeannie Borin

Myths as rumors are often untrue and exasperate any situation. This is the case with the college admissions process as so many students and parents hear things that are just not the case.