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Johns Hopkins CTY: An Option for You?

Johns Hopkins CTY. The “CTY” stands for “Center for Talented Youth.” It’s a long-standing program that has benefitted many young students. Is it right for you your child? Our son experienced CTY’s Expository Writing Tutorial back in the early Nineties. He corresponded (by snail mail!) with a woman on the Johns Hopkins English faculty. I ...

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How to Improve Your ACT Math Score

Today’s article was submitted by Rachel Kapelke-Dale.  If you’re worried about your ACT math score, first of all: take a deep breath. You’re not alone! Every single test-taker has areas that he or she is stronger in—and areas that could use improvement. You may be nervous about approaching the ACT math section for the first time; ...

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Is The Testing Tide Going Out?

The absolute reign of standardized testing is showing signs of weakening. I took a stroll down memory lane this week as I was clearing out many years of various college-related files that I had collected (a.k.a. “hoarded”) over the decades. As I flipped through the seemingly endless file folders, I came across information pertaining to ...

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You’ve Received Your ACT/SAT Scores: What to Do Next

Today’s article was written by Heather Hamilton. After months of preparing for a test as large as the ACT or SAT, it can be kind of anticlimactic to actually enter the room and take the exam. Once you leave the room, this feeling is further amplified. Typically, we feel the pressure to perform well on ...

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Tyranny in Testing?

Over the past eight or so years here, I have strongly expressed my opinions about the shortcomings of standardized college entrance tests and their biases and inadequacies to deliver their intended purpose. So, I’m always interested in any new takes that may support my viewpoints about these tests that can alter a young person’s life ...

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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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The SAT Admissions Conundrum

The SAT has changed. Accordingly, so have the attitudes of admissions officers changed about its value as an applicant evaluation tool. Not long ago, I received an update from Russell Shaffer of Kaplan Test Prep. He keeps me informed about emerging trends in the world of standardized testing. The topic of his latest update was: ...

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Who Needs U.S. News?

Every late summer, U.S. News releases its annual college rankings. Are you using them, or have you used them to make college selection decisions? If so, be careful. The College Confidential discussion forum explodes this time every year with an avalanche of frantically defended guesses as to which schools will top the rankings’ lists and ...

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5 Last Minute SAT and ACT Test Prep Strategies

Today’s article was submitted by Chris Lele. You’ve probably heard many times before that you shouldn’t leave things to the last minute. But sometimes that’s all you have left. When it comes to the grueling rite of passage that is the SAT and the ACT, last minute prep strategies might actually make a significant difference ...

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5 Tips to Improve Test Prep Motivation

Today’s article was written by Chris Lele. Few will disagree that it’s difficult preparing for a standardized test. You will have to carve out many hours from what is already likely a tight schedule. And if you want to achieve your goal of going onto a good school, you have little choice but to take ...

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