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.

SAT Exams Cancelled for the Entire Nation of South Korea

On May 14, 2013, in In The News, SAT, Tutoring, standardized testing, by Scott Cronenweth
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This week South Korea faced an academic scandal that put it in the global spotlight, as the SAT exams for the entire country were cancelled after allegations of widespread cheating came to light.

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The ACT Test is Going Digital

On May 7, 2013, in ACT, Assessment & Testing, SAT, common core, by Scott Cronenweth
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Beginning as soon as the spring of 2015, the ACT college admissions test will be administered digitally. Digital testing can provide faster results — in minutes versus two to six weeks — for both students and colleges. Since the ACT is designed to test students” high school learning and reasoning skills, it is already well [...]

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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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.

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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Why Are There No Summer SAT/ACT Test Dates?

On July 24, 2012, in ACT, Assessment & Testing, SAT, learning analytics, standardized testing, by Scott Cronenweth
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High school students would benefit greatly from the option to take the SAT or ACT in the summer, versus during the higher-stress school year. Kids could finish their academic year, focus on test prep for part of the summer, and take the high-stakes exam in August. Why isn’t this an option?

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 [...]

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.