SAT

Where To Take SAT’s?

Question: Can I take the SAT at a different school than the one I attend? Yes, students commonly take the SAT or ACT at high schools other than their own and for many reasons. For instance, a high school may serve as a test center on some test dates but not others, or a test ...

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Are the ACT and SAT Viewed Equally?

Question: My daughter is preparing for college by studying for the ACT. Do top schools like the Ivy League or Stanford prefer the SAT over the ACT? Even though the school might say either one is OK, in your opinion does one or the other have more advantage? Back when “The Dean” applied to college, ...

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Will Sub-Par SAT’s Keep My Daughter out of Top-Choice Colleges?

Question: My daughter has a 3.81 GPA in all Honors courses, but after two attempts at the SAT, her best score is 1760. The schools she likes list avg. SAT scores of 1900 and up. Does she stand a chance with her scores? Most college admission officials are quick to insist that, “Course selection and ...

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The Subject Is Subject Tests

Are you familiar with Subject Tests? Some college-bound high school students and/or their parents misunderstand the SAT Subject Tests. Some think they are Advanced Placement tests. Others think they are just another version of the SAT.  Some high schoolers have never even heard of them. You may want to learn about them, particularly if you ...

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Up Your SAT Score

The SAT has ruled the roost for as long as most of us can remember. You either love it or hate it. Most hate it. Count me among that demographic. I used to do SAT prep. I started with my daughter and son and then branched out, including it as part of my comprehensive independent ...

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A College Prep Timetable

My comments today are primarily for parents, but any students out there are welcome to join the party. With all the issues surrounding the world of college admissions, parents who are concerned about providing the right “flight plan” for their children to prepare for college need an overall schedule. There is a preferred time to ...

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Is The SAT Coachable?

The SAT has ruled the roost for as long as most of us can remember. You either love it or hate it. Most hate it. Count me among that demographic. I used to do SAT prep. I started with my daughter and son and then branched out, including it as part of my comprehensive independent ...

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Parents: A College Prep Timetable

My comments today are primarily for parents, but any students out there are welcome to join the party. With all the issues surrounding the world of college admissions, parents who are concerned about providing the right “flight plan” for their children to prepare for college need an overall schedule. There is a preferred time to ...

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Will New and UNimproved SAT Scores Mean Denial?

Question: I applied to my dream college in September and had my spring SAT scores sent. They contacted me a few weeks ago and said they had made a preliminary decision on my application, but were waiting to see my new SAT scores from October 5 before they made a final decision. This made me ...

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Sending SAT and ACT Scores: More on the Mix and Match Approach

Question: Your recent q/a about sending SAT/ACT score raises another question. What happens when you throw SAT2 exams into the mix? My daughter took both the SAT1 and the ACT (one time each). Her SAT scores were very good, but her ACT scores were even better. We are sending her ACT scores to the colleges ...

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