Latest Report: Only 25% of ACT Test-Takers Are Ready for College/Career

On September 25, 2013, in ACT, Assessment & Testing, SAT, standardized testing, by Scott Cronenweth
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To be considered college-ready, all four benchmarks must be met. Only 26% of 2013 test-takers achieved that. 64% met the English benchmark, 44% met the reading and math benchmarks, and 36% met the science benchmark.

President Obama Proposes a College Rating System

On September 3, 2013, in Education, In The News, by Scott Cronenweth
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Citing the growing crisis in student loan debt, and with college costs rising faster than grants and aid, President Obama last week proposed a plan design to put a lid on rising tuition costs by tying US federal student aid to college performance.

Why Change the SAT Now?

On March 12, 2013, in ACT, Assessment & Testing, SAT, common core, standardized testing, by Scott Cronenweth
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The SAT was revamped as recently as 2005. Changing it again now is potentially risky, in that it may be “off-putting to the biggest stakeholders involved – the students” who are trying to prepare for it.

College Board Announces Plans to Overhaul the SAT

On March 5, 2013, in ACT, Announcements, Assessment, Assessment & Testing, SAT, common core, standardized testing, by Scott Cronenweth
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David Coleman, the new president of the College Board, the nonprofit that owns the SAT college admissions exam, announced on February 25 in an e-mail to the organization’s members that the test will be redesigned in “an ambitious effort” to more comprehensively address “the core set of knowledge and skills” that are most important to success in college.

Two Ways Learning Analytics Might Help Reduce Cheating on the SAT and ACT

On April 3, 2012, in ACT, In The News, SAT, Test preparation, standardized testing, by Scott Cronenweth
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In the wake of a recent cheating episode, the SAT and ACT exams will now require students to upload or mail in a photograph when they sign up for an exam. This photo will be printed on their admissions ticket, and on the roster at the test center. On test day, proctors will compare each test-taker’s photo ID with the photo provided at signup.

How to Interpret SAT Scores: Insights for Tutors

On March 21, 2012, in Assessment, Common Standards, SAT, Tutoring, common core, standardized testing, tips, by Scott Cronenweth
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As a tutor or teacher you might well be asked: What’s a good SAT score? That depends on a student’s goals and the college(s) she or he wants to go to.

Three Advantages of a Learning Analytics Based SAT/ACT Diagnostic Test

On January 24, 2012, in ACT, Assessment, Assessment & Testing, SAT, by Scott Cronenweth
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In a highly competitive college admissions environment, every advantage counts – and that can include a higher standardized test score. Knowing clearly which exam could give you an edge is a key first step in the test prep process.

SAT or ACT? Now There’s a Better Way to Choose

On January 17, 2012, in ACT, Assessment, Assessment & Testing, SAT, Test preparation, standardized testing, by Scott Cronenweth
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College-bound high school students face intense pressure around preparing for standardized admissions testing – including choosing whether to take the SAT or the ACT. While it’s generally recognized that neither test is “easier” or “harder” than the other overall, their formats are different – so one might be better suited to a particular student than the other. But which?

Six Factoids Tutors Should Know About College Counseling

On December 20, 2011, in Education Industry, General, In The News, Tutoring, by Scott Cronenweth
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High school students benefit significantly from college admissions counseling information and guidance – yet most don’t get much of it. According to the latest State of College Admission 2011 from the National Association for College Admission Counseling, “For many students, particularly those in public schools, college counseling is limited at best. Counselors are few in number, often have large student caseloads and are limited in the amount of time they are able to dedicate to college counseling.”

Thoughts on “Test Optional” College Admissions

On December 13, 2011, in ACT, Assessment & Testing, SAT, Test preparation, standardized testing, by Scott Cronenweth
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But is this “holistic” approach to admissions really about students? Or is it about the competitive marketing to college-bound students among the schools themselves? … And are test scores really optional at top-tier institutions just because the school’s policy says so?