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My $900 Lesson In Mindfulness

Erika Oppenheimer | Posted 07.23.2014 | Education
Erika Oppenheimer

What if the spill and its respective price tag were like pulling off a BandAid: quick and stings a little, but sufficient to remove a layer of armor I had built between myself and... well, in this case, myself?

What Do We Know About the New SAT?

Alex Mallory | Posted 07.07.2014 | Education
Alex Mallory

There is a perception that we don't yet know much about the redesigned SAT. This notion persists because the College Board has chosen to release information in a less than straightforward manner, burying hard fact within vague jargon about measures of "college readiness."

4 Steps to Avoiding the Summer Slump

Erika Oppenheimer | Posted 06.18.2014 | 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."

The New SAT: A Pedagogically Effective Test?

Dorit Sasson | Posted 06.11.2014 | Education
Dorit Sasson

Major changes will be affecting the SAT in 2016. This isn't the first time changes have affected the long withstanding SAT, a standardized exam colleges and universities have traditionally used to evaluate students' academic standing and ultimately, acceptance.

Maximize Your Summer

Ishan Puri | Posted 06.09.2014 | Education
Ishan Puri

Around the nation, the summer sun dawns a new beginning and change of pace. High school students ask the perennial question: "What should I be doing?"...

The Two Words That Make Every Student Cringe

Claire Klodell | Posted 06.05.2014 | Teen
Claire Klodell

Standardized testing. Two words. Five syllables. Every single teenager is aware of its infamous reputation. Whether it be the SAT, ACT, OAA (in Ohio) or another assortment of random capitalized letters, these tests are dreadful.

Two Must-Do's for Better Organization

Erika Oppenheimer | Posted 06.04.2014 | 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.

Bring Back Sanity to the College Application Process, Please!

Manuel R. De Juan | Posted 06.22.2014 | Education
Manuel R. De Juan

The current college application process to competitive universities is, in two words, ferocious and atrocious. It is rife with social injustice, plagued by inefficiencies, and is simply unfair to kids and their parents.

International Students: Top 10 Tips for U.S. College Applications

Josh Stephens | Posted 06.18.2014 | College
Josh Stephens

The reward comes long after you've done the work. Don't wait until the night before -- or the month before -- to create a game plan.

The American Curiosity Crisis

Gary R. Gruber, Ph.D. | Posted 06.10.2014 | Education
Gary R. Gruber, Ph.D.

Everybody is scrambling for the quick answer, or wanting to know how to beat a test, which incidentally doesn't work.

Defending the SAT. Really.

Patrick O'Connor | Posted 05.20.2014 | College
Patrick O'Connor

Past changes to SAT (originally an aptitude test) have made it a little more like the ACT (an achievement test), and these new changes are likely to make it even more so. If these changes really make them alike, fewer students will take both tests, leading to less time on testing and test prep, and more time on going to school. That's a win.

6 Ways To Decrease SAT Test Stress

Daniel B. Peters, Ph.D. | Posted 05.17.2014 | Parents
Daniel B. Peters, Ph.D.

Put the day and test into perspective. This test will NOT determine the rest of your life.

Innate Intelligence: The 800-Pound Non-Sequitur

Michael Rugnetta | Posted 05.17.2014 | Education
Michael Rugnetta

The new SAT is going to be more transparent about what it tests and how you can practice for it. This is a good thing.

Debbie Stier's 'The Perfect Score Project' and the New SAT

Alex Mallory | Posted 05.14.2014 | Education
Alex Mallory

At a glance, the most noteworthy aspect of Stier's journey in The Perfect Score Project is just how much preparation she undertakes. It is unclear exactly how many test prep books Stier purchased, but 15 or so is a reasonable estimate.

SAT Changes, and Advice for Ninth Graders

Patrick O'Connor | Posted 05.14.2014 | College
Patrick O'Connor

There's been a good deal of news about the changes to the SAT--so much news that it seems to be causing confusion among students and their parents. ...

The New SAT Changes -- The Good, the Bad and the Inconsequential

Paul Jury | Posted 05.13.2014 | Education
Paul Jury

Here's the good news: Hardworking, capable students will find a way to succeed, regardless of their income, or the SAT's format. Because that's what they do. Maybe now there will be even more free resources to help them.

New Changes to the SAT Reflect a Changing Admissions Process

James Werner | Posted 05.11.2014 | College
James Werner

The new adjustments to the SAT are part of a systematic change in the admissions process. While scores may remain an important component of the decision process for the immediate future, the measure of an individual's preparation and potential has begun to shift.

Unspoken Lessons From Our Greatest Teachers, Our Students

Catherine Okafor | Posted 05.11.2014 | Education
Catherine Okafor

While some look at their students as "lazy," "ungrateful" kids, I see something much better. Our students are the ones that can teach us things that we would never expect.

The Waiting Game

Brian Harke Ed.D. | Posted 05.11.2014 | College
Brian Harke Ed.D.

Each year, high school seniors spend the month of March in a nail-biting, gut-churning, adrenaline-fueled state of anticipation. Here are some things to keep in mind if you receive a denial letter from your first pick college.

Watching the Pendulum Swing

Amy Weisberg, M.Ed. | Posted 05.11.2014 | Education
Amy Weisberg, M.Ed.

The world of education often feels like a ride on a merry-go-round. We sit on our rearing steed and wake up one day to realize we are going around in circles.

A More Relevant SAT: Free Red Bull and Unlimited Texting

J.D. Rothman | Posted 05.11.2014 | College
J.D. Rothman

Although the College Board claims to be a nonprofit company, it still clearly worries about market share. So it comes as no surprise that the new SAT is morphing into its unsophisticated midwestern cousin, the kinder, gentler ACT.

The New SAT: What Are We Really Testing? (Not What You Think)

Jennifer Dziura | Posted 05.07.2014 | Education
Jennifer Dziura

I enjoy beating tests, but I also think the United States would be better off with a completely different set of college admissions requirements that don't unduly privilege personalities like mine. (After all, no one is more annoying than adults who brag about their SAT scores.)

Will The SAT Have To Change Again?

RealClearEducation | Posted 03.07.2014 | College

The College Board made waves Wednesday when it announced the most substantial SAT revisions since 2005. The overhaul marks the organization’s respon...

What You Should Know about the SAT, But Were Afraid to Ask

Ainissa G. Ramirez, Ph.D. | Posted 05.07.2014 | Science
Ainissa G. Ramirez, Ph.D.

The SAT became the standard since 1926. Yerkes' brainchild became Frankenstein.