Testing

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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Will Lower Math ACT Score Hurt Admissions Chances?

Question: I’m a rising senior now and I take my ACT test soon ,and as I’ve been doing the practice tests I’m finding that I always score in the really high 30s for Reading, English, and Science but in the mid to high 20s for Math. I’m frustrated because even though math has NEVER been ...

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Impact of Lower Scores from Second Testing

Question: My child has given SAT once and is registered to give it again on June7th. He is not well prepared. If his scores from the June 7th test are lower than the previous time, will it affect his admission process negatively? Does he have to report his SAT scores from all attempts for college ...

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AP Outcomes: Class of 2012

The College Board has just issued its summary report on the results of last spring’s Advanced Placement test for the high school Class of 2012. This is interesting information. It shows how many students took AP exams, a breakdown of scores, key demographic data, state-specific performance information, plus other insights. Unless you just beamed down ...

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College Applicant Synergy

What’s with this so-called “holistic” admissions process that colleges brag about? First of all, what the heck does holistic mean? Well, let’s look for a dictionary explanation: The Free Dictionary (my go-to Web word-definition resource) describes holistic as “Emphasizing the importance of the whole and the interdependence of its parts. Concerned with wholes rather than ...

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Optimizing Your Test Skills

Why is it that some high schools and colleges choose to hang the Sword of Damocles over students’ heads during the holidays? I’m talking about tests. Finals, and in some cases even mid-terms, looming right after year-end holiday break can cause the acid to churn in students’ stomachs. Things have gotten better recently for some ...

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Parents: Know Your Children

Moms and Dads, if you have more than one child, have you noticed any differences between (or among) them in personality and temperament? I’ll bet you have. I certainly noticed the differences between our daughter and son when they were growing up. Our daughter was five years older than our son (in fact, she still ...

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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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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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