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So You Want to Retake the ACT? 5 Tips to Improve Your Score

So the ACT didn’t quite go the way you planned? Don’t get down on yourself. Many end up retaking the test. In fact, many end up doing better the second time around. But that’s likely because they followed at least one—if not all—of the tips below. 1. Do your best to pinpoint what went wrong ...

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National Merit Money from Mozart?

How do you study for standardized tests? It’s interesting to see how students prepare their brains and bodies for the challenges of the SAT, ACT, PSAT, Subject Tests et al. Some new information brings those practices to light. In a message entitled “Survey: Students Prepping for PSAT Reveal Music, Snack Habits,” the folks at Kaplan ...

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The SAT Admissions Conundrum

The SAT has changed. Accordingly, so have the attitudes of admissions officers changed about its value as an applicant evaluation tool. Not long ago, I received an update from Russell Shaffer of Kaplan Test Prep. He keeps me informed about emerging trends in the world of standardized testing. The topic of his latest update was: ...

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Who Needs U.S. News?

Every late summer, U.S. News releases its annual college rankings. Are you using them, or have you used them to make college selection decisions? If so, be careful. The College Confidential discussion forum explodes this time every year with an avalanche of frantically defended guesses as to which schools will top the rankings’ lists and ...

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5 Last Minute SAT and ACT Test Prep Strategies

Today’s article was submitted by Chris Lele. You’ve probably heard many times before that you shouldn’t leave things to the last minute. But sometimes that’s all you have left. When it comes to the grueling rite of passage that is the SAT and the ACT, last minute prep strategies might actually make a significant difference ...

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5 Tips to Improve Test Prep Motivation

Today’s article was written by Chris Lele. Few will disagree that it’s difficult preparing for a standardized test. You will have to carve out many hours from what is already likely a tight schedule. And if you want to achieve your goal of going onto a good school, you have little choice but to take ...

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What High Schoolers Need to Know About the PreACT

Today’s article was submitted by Erica Cirino. This March, the ACT announced its plans to unveil a new standardized test for high schoolers this fall: the PreACT. “PreACT will provide valuable insights on college and career readiness to students, educators, and schools while students still have time to make adjustments and improve,” said ACT Chief ...

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Tips for Getting ACT Extended Time

Today’s article was submitted by Lisa Marker-Robbins. You’ve never finished a PSAT, Aspire or Pre-ACT test within the allotted time. Performing your best on the ACT is daunting task, because you most always require additional time at school. Quit stressing and apply for extended time on the ACT. You never know, you may just qualify and can relax a ...

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Concordance Abhorrence

What is a concordance? “A state in which things agree and do not conflict with each other” or “an alphabetical list of all of the words in a book or in a set of works written by an author.” In the case of the latest College Board/ETS SAT concordance table, it could mean “Your new ...

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The New SAT: What Test Takers Think

This past Saturday was the first official administration of the the College Board’s “new” SAT. If you are planning on taking the revised test but were hesitant to jump in without some kind of yardstick to measure its new nature, you may be interested to see what those who were intrepid enough to sit for ...

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