Test Prep

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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Prepping for The PSAT

If you’re a high school junior (and maybe even a sophomore), you no doubt know about the PSAT. If you’ve never heard of the PSAT, here’s the scoop: The Preliminary SAT/National Merit Scholarship Qualifying Test (PSAT/NMSQT) is a standardized test administered by the College Board and cosponsored by the National Merit Scholarship Corporation (NMSC) in ...

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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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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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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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Junior Year Test Prep

Parents, there are many milestones during the college admissions process. One of the more important ones is the high school junior year, or “11th grade,” as we used to call it back in my day. Although some sophomores (“10th graders”) take the PSAT (Preliminary Scholastic Assessment Test), the majority of high schoolers take it in ...

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Should Prospective Business Major Take Bio Subject Test?

Question: I’m planning on studying business. I took both SAT II’s for Spanish and got an 800 on the two. I took Biology Honors and with some prep I feel pretty confident. Should I take the SAT II Biology test? Is it worth my time and money or do business schools don’t really care about ...

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Should Soph With Good Score Retake SAT?

Question: My son has a remarkably good SAT score from the test that he took in his sophomore year. Does he need to take more SAT’s and/or ACT’s to show that he can get a perfect 2400 and/or 36 for colleges like Ivy League schools? It’s hard to answer this one without knowing what “remarkably ...

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Which SAT Test Date Means Higher Scores?

Question: Which SAT exam sets the curve for the year? Someone told me that my daughter should take the December SAT and not take the January SAT because the January SAT is when all the private school kids take it and they have been fully prepared by their schools. Is there a difference? I’ve heard ...

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