Why Are More Students Taking Both the SAT and ACT?

On August 20, 2013, in ACT, SAT, Test preparation, standardized testing, by Scott Cronenweth
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The college admissions process in the US has never been more competitive. In response, a growing number of the most determined students are taking their test prep game to the next level—sitting for both the SAT and ACT, in many cases multiple times.

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It’s Time to Sign Up for Fall SAT and ACT Test Dates

On July 17, 2013, in ACT, SAT, Test preparation, standardized testing, by Scott Cronenweth
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High school students who will be seniors in 2013-14, and who are planning to apply to colleges this fall, should register this summer for the first round of SAT or ACT testing, which begins in the fall. Students can sign up for this round of tests if they haven’t taken the exam(s) yet, or if they want to try again to improve their score.

The New SAT — How Will Changes Affect Students?

On April 3, 2013, in ACT, Common Standards, SAT, Test preparation, common core, standardized testing, by Scott Cronenweth
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Though no release date has been officially announced, the earliest that a revamped SAT would be in the hands of students would be Spring 2015. So the changes could impact today’s freshman class. The classes of 2013, 2014 or 2015 will take the same test that is currently in use.

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Helping Students Choose The Right Test Prep

On March 26, 2013, in ACT, SAT, Socrato, Test preparation, learning analytics, standardized testing, by Scott Cronenweth
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Mary Ann Dorsher of ACT Ready makes a great point: it”s not all about figuring out what”s going to be on the test – it”s about getting the support needed to approach the exam with confidence.

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7 Top Android Apps for SAT and ACT Test Prep

On February 19, 2013, in ACT, SAT, Test preparation, standardized testing, by Scott Cronenweth
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In case you hadn’t noticed, teenagers are more eager to focus on a smartphone screen than pretty much anything else in their environment. So why recommend printed SAT or ACT test prep materials when apps are available?

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Here’s How to Guess Effectively on the SAT

On February 12, 2013, in Assessment, Assessment & Testing, SAT, Test preparation, Tutoring, standardized testing, tips, by Scott Cronenweth
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Contrary to popular belief, there is no “guessing penalty” on the SAT. There is, however, a penalty for wrong answers – and the whole point of that penalty is to help ensure that students who guess randomly won’t improve their scores as a result.

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8 Tips to Help Students Pace Themselves During Standardized Tests

On February 6, 2013, in ACT, Assessment & Testing, SAT, Test preparation, Tutoring, standardized testing, by Scott Cronenweth
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The ability to successfully pace yourself — knowing how much time you have left and how much time to spend on a given question – is a key success factor for standardized test-takers. Here are 8 tips to pass along and work on with your students:

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Summertime is Test Prep Time

On June 26, 2012, in ACT, Assessment, SAT, Test preparation, standardized testing, by Scott Cronenweth
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With so little time available for yet more studying while school is in session, summer is perhaps the most popular time to prepare for standardized tests. In particular, summer is the perfect time for high school juniors to begin preparing to take the ACT or SAT test in the fall. The same goes for seniors [...]

Make SAT/ACT Test Prep Fun – 3 Sites That Can Help

On May 15, 2012, in ACT, Assessment & Testing, SAT, Test preparation, Tutoring, standardized testing, tips, by Scott Cronenweth
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Many college-bound students will be spending time this summer prepping for SAT or ACT exams, either with private tutors, in group settings or on their own. … With sympathy for their plight, I searched online for some low-cost ideas on how to make preparing for the SAT or ACT over the summer “fun” – or at least a little less boring.

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Test Prep for Top Middle Schools Means More Tutoring

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An article this week in the New York Times highlights how the high-stakes, testing-driven competition for a top-rated education continues to intensify in the US – and how tutoring is deemed crucial to students’ success.

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