SAT

PSAT vs. SAT

Are you a high school junior (or maybe a sophomore) who has taken the PSAT? Maybe you’re the parent of one of those students and you don’t quite understand the purpose of the PSAT (the Preliminary SAT/National Merit Scholarship Qualifying Test). If you are, then you may be interested in the information that our friends ...

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SAT/ACT Importance

In my experience counseling high school seniors, I often hear the question, “Hey, how important–really–are test scores?” That’s a good question, especially in light of all the schools these days that have opted out of the mandatory test score submission arena. There are varying opinions about the relative importance of the SAT I and ACT. ...

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ACT vs. SAT Differences

Over the years that I have been counseling seniors, I’ve had lots of questions similar to “Should I take the ACT or the SAT, or both?” Of course the answer to that is the sometimes frustrating “It depends.” To help out any of you who may be asking the same question, test preppers at ivybound.net ...

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Must My Son Send ALL His Test Results to Colleges?

Question: My son is applying to MIT and several other highly selective colleges. Must he submit ALL of his SAT and ACT results to the schools on his list or can he choose which scores the admission committees will see? Your son may actually need the MIT degree before he even finishes high school just ...

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Is My SAT Score “Good”?

Question: Is 630 a good SAT Math score? When it comes to SAT scores, “good” and “bad” are relative terms, depending on where you’re applying. There are lots of places where you can see the SAT norms for all schools on your current roster. The College View site is one of them. Click on the ...

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Should Son With Perfect ACT Score Submit SAT, Too?

Question: My daughter just went through the college application process and will be attending Harvard in September. I don’t know how prevalent this is, but she took the ACT and SAT (one time each), scored a 34 and 2230 respectively, and submitted both scores with her college applications. My son, who is a rising junior, ...

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Loyola Test-Optional Counterpoint

Earlier this week, I wrote about Maryland’s Loyola College going test optional.  That is, they will no longer require applicants to submit SAT or other standardized test scores. Apparently, that decision does not sit well with “Concerned Alumni, Students, Parents and Faculty of Loyola Maryland”. One of (if not the) chief spokesperson for this group ...

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Are Tests REALLY Optional at Test-Optional Colleges?

Question: My son is an excellent student (top 10th of class) with good extracurriculars (literary magazine co-editor, student council member, glee club president, Model UN). His math SAT score is decent (670) but his Critical Reading score (560) is well below the mid-point range at the colleges that interest him. Based on his testing history, ...

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No SATs? No Problem.

I was browsing for college admissions news items and came across this article from the Baltimore Sun: Loyola joins SAT-optional colleges Proponents note diversity goals, doubts about standard tests’ predictive accuracy Loyola College’s Jesuit tradition calls for it to serve students who did not start with every economic, social or geographic advantage. Widespread research, meanwhile, ...

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The Weekly Standard on the SAT

Andrew Ferguson has written a very interesting article about the SAT I. Excerpts: One Saturday morning this month, a quarter million kids or more will slump their way into the fluorescent tomb of a high school classroom, slide into the seat of a flimsy polypropylene combo chair-desk, and then, with clammy palms dampening the shafts ...

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