Standardized Testing

Taking Advantage of the Free College Board Resources

on Apr 13, 2018 at 10:48 PM in Standardized Testing, College-bound Seniors

The most helpful resource will be the practice redesigned SAT tests from the College Board and the Khan Academy.


SAT Subject Test Requirements and Recommendations

on Sep 08, 2016 at 09:17 PM in College-bound Seniors, Standardized Testing

Each year, the requirements and recommendations around SAT Subject Tests (SAT II’s for the many still using the old College Board name) grow more diverse. The general trend is toward more flexible requirements, and no school has recently tightened requirements. Still, the most competitive colleges skew toward the “required” end of the spectrum.


Strategies for New SAT, ACT Writing Tests

on Apr 13, 2016 at 10:52 PM in College-bound Seniors, Standardized Testing

The SAT essay writing exercise has been transformed from an opinion piece into an exercise in textual analysis and critical thinking; this is similar to exercises on certain AP exams. Students will be asked to read a short (600-700-word) persuasive passage and write an essay response that explains how the author develops and supports an argument. On the ACT’s revamped essay, students will get 40 minutes to analyze and respond to three distinct perspectives on a topic that concerns a broad, national issue.


Relative Importance of Factors in College Admissions

on Sep 26, 2013 at 12:42 AM in Standardized Testing, College Search, College-bound Seniors

An important message for high school students who are worried sick about their SAT or ACT scores: The classes you take and the grades you earn are far more important to us than your test scores.