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Revamped SAT Worries Students

It’s nail-biting time for high school students. The redesigned SAT is about to deploy and that means dealing with change. Many students have gotten into a groove with the previous SAT format and their test prep methods have calmed and reassured them. Those days are gone. To say that this redesign has caused angst and ...

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Juniors: Current or New SAT?

Maybe you’re like me. Maybe you don’t like change. Once we get used to dealing with something, a sense of comfort emerges, no matter how small. Such it might be with the SAT. You should know by now that the SAT is changing with the March 2016 administration. March 2016 may seem like a long ...

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Standardized Testing for Juniors

Some issues bear repeating. I’ve addressed a sentient approach for high school juniors to deal with their standardized testing requirements before here. I think it’s time to bring that up again. There are many milestones during the college admissions process. One of the more important ones is the high school junior year, or “11th grade,” ...

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March 2016 SAT: Easier Or Harder?

If you’re a high school student planning to go to college, you probably know that the SAT is changing in March next year. If you’re the parent of a high schooler who’s planning to go to college, you may not know about the change. If you’re among the “I didn’t know that!” group, you’re first ...

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Summer Test Prep and the New 2016 ACT

Today’s article was submitted by Erica Cirino. June marks spring SAT season, a time when high school juniors across the country hunker down to take the classic SAT, SAT Subject Tests, or both. And, with the College Board widely announcing its plans to unveil a vastly revised SAT in 2016, this June marks the last ...

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Taking The SAT: How Many Times?

Ask a dozen college admissions counselors how many times you should take the SAT and you could get a dozen different answers. My favorite answer to that question is the always-maddening “It depends.” Beyond that, in general, I have more often than not advised my clients that a three-test maximum seems to work best. Obviously, ...

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College Admissions: URMs vs. Asians

In case you’re not up on college admissions lingo, the term “URM” stands for Under-Represented Minorities. Of course, when one considers the issue of URM admissions, one usually segues into the highly volatile realm of Affirmative Action (AA). The College Confidential discussion forum has a huge inventory of threads and highly heated discussions about AA. ...

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Cheating on The SAT and ACT

I’m willing to bet that many of you high school students out there reading this blog know someone (or have heard of someone) who has cheated on the SAT or ACT. The unfortunate reality today is that academic cheating has reached an all-time high. News stories of mass cheating at such schools as Harvard and ...

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Starting The College Process Early

The question I get from a lot of parents is, “When should my child start thinking about and planning for college?” My answer is usually, “As soon as possible.” Of course, this doesn’t mean that they should start getting on the waiting list for snazzy pre-schools while their child is yet unborn. Don’t laugh. That ...

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Cheating on Standardized Tests

We’re hearing a lot these days about academic cheating, both on the high school and college level. Even the United States military academies have had more than their share of embarrassing scandals. The Ivy League has not been immune either. Harvard University has been plagued with cheaters. Of course, one of the most high-profile areas ...

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