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

Erika Oppenheimer | Posted 09.09.2014 | 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 09.02.2014 | 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.

Action Steps for Early College Prep

Jeannie Borin | Posted 05.10.2014 | College
Jeannie Borin

There are countless details involved in the college admissions process, and gaining the knowledge necessary in a timely manner is crucial to ultimately making the final decision on where you will attend.

Top Tips for Acing ACT Reading Passages

Chuck Cohn | Posted 01.27.2014 | College
Chuck Cohn

It is no surprise that the ACT Reading section can seem a bit daunting. But here is the simple, reassuring truth: it's not.

Should You Retake the SAT/ACT?

Chuck Cohn | Posted 01.23.2014 | College
Chuck Cohn

The decision to retake the SAT and/or the ACT is a significant one, and you must consider several questions in order to reach the conclusion that is correct for you.

6 College Admissions Myths: Busted

Chuck Cohn | Posted 01.23.2014 | College
Chuck Cohn

The way in which universities admit students can seem like a bit of a mystery -- even after completing the process yourself. Misguided assumptions and well-circulated rumors litter mainstream thought. Don't allow yourself to fall for them!

How to Prep for the Verbal Reasoning Section of the GRE

Chuck Cohn | Posted 12.14.2013 | College
Chuck Cohn

The GRE is an exam designed for prospective graduate students in many liberal arts fields.So, is it time to start memorizing hundreds of words until your vision is blurred? No! This exam is about studying smarter, not harder.

5 Questions to Ask Your GMAT Tutor

Chuck Cohn | Posted 11.16.2013 | College
Chuck Cohn

Be sure that the tutor you have chosen to work with is compatible with you and puts you at ease. This way, when you have a lot of "silly" questions, can't grasp a certain concept, or just have a mental breakdown, you will be comfortable being forthright with your tutor

How to Prep Your Child for the ISEE

Chuck Cohn | Posted 09.10.2013 | Parents
Chuck Cohn

With a clear plan and a good head start, any student can walk into the test room feeling confident and prepared.

Differences Between the SAT and ACT

Chuck Cohn | Posted 08.18.2013 | College
Chuck Cohn

For an applicant, both the ACT and the SAT can be daunting hills to climb, and for good reason! A great score on either of these standardized tests can mean significant scholarship money and admittance into top schools, not to mention a great feeling of satisfaction.

How to Prep for the ACT

Chuck Cohn | Posted 07.14.2013 | College
Chuck Cohn

Believed to be more closely aligned to traditional high school curricula and with a markedly lower emphasis on the high-level vocabulary the SAT is renowned for, the ACT is now accepted by all universities and preferred by many students.

'Twas the Night Before State Tests...

Leonisa Ardizzone | Posted 06.16.2013 | Parents
Leonisa Ardizzone

I told my daughter that from the first moment I began teaching, I knew that the tests were unjust and I despised them. My disgust with them has only grown with each passing year.

Can Reading Comprehension Be Taught for Standardized Tests?

Alex Mallory | Posted 10.24.2012 | Education
Alex Mallory

When it comes to standardized test preparation, reading comprehension seems to be the most confounding subject for parents and students.

It's Time to Use Test Scores to Determine Teacher Pay

Randy Turner | Posted 07.08.2012 | Education
Randy Turner

Let's base 100 percent of teacher pay on the results of standardized tests. But if we are to have true educational reform, a concept that seems to be lost when used by those who claim that mantle, I want the following conditions:

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...

Scared Sleepless

John Merrow | Posted 05.29.2012 | Education
John Merrow

"My son can't sleep at night." Why? "Because his teacher told him that he had to do well on the tests this week or she would be fired.." Scaring the sleep out of a child is surely an example of distortion and corruption. So too is firing people based on the snapshot of one day's bubble test score.

What the Monster Wrote: How Will the College Board Grade a Well-Written Endorsement of Evil?

Eliot Schrefer | Posted 04.01.2012 | Education
Eliot Schrefer

What would the College Board do with an essay that gave it exactly what it asked for as far as structure and writing quality, but took as its topic something truly monstrous?

A Modest Proposal to Save Test Prep

John Merrow | Posted 03.26.2012 | Education
John Merrow

When California Governor Jerry Brown recently called for fewer standardized tests and less time on test preparation, he probably expected to be praised. Instead, his proposal has been greeted with cries of outrage from teachers, administrators, and students.

SHSAT Is the Golden Ticket

Alex Mallory | Posted 06.13.2011 | College
Alex Mallory

For many students in New York City, the less well-known high school exam, the SHSAT, may be the most important standardized test of their academic careers.

Pricey ACT, SAT Test Prep Classes May Not Be Worth It, Experts Say

Posted 05.25.2011 | Education

The anxiety of high school juniors -- and their parents -- over taking college-entrance exams is creating a market force for the test-prep industry. D...