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What Do We Know About the Upcoming Changes to the ACT?

Alex Mallory | Posted 11.10.2014 | College
Alex Mallory

While much is being made of the 2016 SAT, ACT, inc. -- an SAT competitor that now comprises more than 50 percent of the standardized college entrance exam market -- is quietly making changes, or "enhancements," as the company calls them.

If You Want A Good ACT Score, It Really, Really Helps To Be Rich

The Huffington Post | Rebecca Klein | Posted 07.18.2014 | College

A new report out from the ACT outlines the numbers of students who reached college readiness benchmarks in 2013. Perhaps unsurprisingly, the report fo...

The ACT Is Making Big Changes

AP | KIMBERLY HEFLING | Posted 06.06.2014 | College

WASHINGTON (AP) — The popular ACT college admissions exam is broadening how it reports students' scores. The exam's traditional 36-point scale rema...

Deconstructing The New SAT

Jed Applerouth | Posted 06.29.2014 | Education
Jed Applerouth

If admissions officers do not see the value in a test that is better aligned with the Common Core and continue to assign equal weight to both tests, the new SAT will be in a precarious position as students migrate in droves to the ACT.

Why the SAT Still Matters

Shiv Gaglani | Posted 05.27.2014 | College
Shiv Gaglani

We believe that the SAT and ACT can serve as highly motivating forces for improvement and bellwethers of dedication. It is simply a matter of perspective.

The Truth Behind the Spin on the Changes to the SAT

Bev Taylor | Posted 05.27.2014 | College
Bev Taylor

Every 10 years, the College Board makes significant changes to the test that has been around since 1926, the test that has been notorious for putting stress on students for generations. Let's cover some history of the SAT. In 1959, in walks the ACT as an upstart competitor to the SAT...

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.

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.

Yay! ACT Scores Show More Students Able To Do College-Level Math And Science

AP | JUSTIN POPE | Posted 10.22.2012 | College

Average scores on the ACT exam held steady for the high school class of 2012 but the results show modest progress in the number of students who appear...

The Rules Of The Game

Jon Whitmore | Posted 09.25.2012 | Education
Jon Whitmore

Studying still matters. Hard work still matters. Passion still matters. But unless we help our young people develop the world-class skills required by our global economy, there's a good chance it won't work out. And that's a tragedy for everyone involved.

Table Talk: Career Tests For Kindergartners

Posted 07.06.2012 | Parents

This week's Family Dinner Table Talk, from HuffPost and The Family Dinner book: This week, the organization behind the ACT test announced plans for...

In Push For More College Grads, 'Very Profitable Nonprofit' Cashes In

| Sarah Butrymowicz | Posted 08.29.2012 | Education

This piece comes to us courtesy of The Hechinger Report. The national push to increase the number of Americans with college degrees is enriching at...

Grading Schools, Failing Schools

Tim King | Posted 05.06.2012 | Education
Tim King

Closing schools is a decision with far-reaching consequences that shouldn't be undertaken for the credibility of any particular movement, but only as a final measure in support of undeserved students.

The Road to College: Surviving the Junior Year of High School

Nya Marie | Posted 12.26.2011 | Home
Nya Marie

Junior year is the most important year for college applications. On top of prepping for the ACT and SAT, I have to try and maintain my grades. Sometimes I wonder if it wouldn't have been easier if I had just gotten a couple of Bs.

ACT Scores In Illinois Up, But Are Still Lower Than National Average

Posted 10.17.2011 | Chicago

Graduating high school seniors in Illinois may post ACT test scores that are still be behind the national average, but they have also shown gradual im...

28% Of ACT Test-Takers Aren't Ready For College

Huffington Post/AP | ALAN SCHER ZAGIER | Posted 10.17.2011 | College

(AP) -- Members of the high school class of 2011 posted a slight gain on the ACT college entrance exam, but nearly three in 10 recent graduates failed...

Keep Hope Alive and Give Low-Income Students a Chance!

Ken Blackwell | Posted 09.19.2011 | Education
Ken Blackwell

Standardized tests level the playing field among students from diverse backgrounds and guard against grade inflation. But what if the test doesn't serve that purpose or worse, skews the perception of a student's ability?

Is The ACT Valid?

Inside Higher Ed | Posted 08.21.2011 | College

A new study has found that two of the four main parts of the ACT -- science and reading -- have "little or no" ability to help colleges predict whethe...

Most Students Do Not Meet Career, College Readiness Standards

Education Week | Posted 05.25.2011 | Education

Most students have far to go before they master the skills and knowledge outlined in the new common standards that have been adopted by all but seven ...

ACT Scores Dip, But More Students College-Ready

AP | ERIC GORSKI | Posted 05.25.2011 | College

Average scores on the ACT college entrance exam inched downward this year, yet slightly more students who took the test proved to be prepared for coll...