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“Test Optional” wasn’t intended to help students

One of the many impacts of COVID19 has meant a drastic change admissions policies related to the SAT and ACT. Colleges and universities have sold it to applicants as "test optional", and students and parents have taken that to mean that they…
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5 things high school Juniors should do right now

The June SAT has been cancelled, as were the March and May tests before it and the April ACT as well. At the time of writing this, ACT is adamant that they will be offering tests in June and July, even adding test dates to both months to accommodate…
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Taking it up a notch

Get free live instruction for the SAT and ACT. Take advantage of the next few weeks to get a head start on the June tests.

5 Steps for Getting Letters of Recommendation from Your Teachers

It's the time of year when high school juniors are starting to look at the long slog between Spring Break and the end of the school year with something between sighing resignation and outright panic. AP and IB exams will take up May with Final…
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8 steps to preparing for the SAT or for the ACT

Students face two huge obstacles as they get ready for the SAT or ACT. The toughest is finding the time. They're busy and their schedules are extremely full already. Blocking out an hour or two a day to focus on a test that won't have an immediate…
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What you should know about Test Optional Policies

The typical press release from colleges who make the decision involves statements about how they recognize that students are more than a test score. That the college is committed to taking a look at the whole student. Those platitudes are noble, and in cases like the UChicago or Wake Forest or Bates,  they seem sincere. I'm not entirely convinced that the motives behind some of the recent announcements from Northern Illinois and Lourdes are quite as high-minded.

The problem with student debt

It's a tough conversation, but there are likely other, better options. At first it probably seems unfair. The student did all the right things. Isn't the reward supposed to be going to the school of their dreams? When they graduate with $75,000 of student debt, the dream becomes a nightmare.
map of the 2019 PSAT release dates

Your PSAT scores are back. Now what?

The PSAT is a chance to see how students are doing compared to the actual SAT. Students get a score on a test similar to the one they'll take for record that they can use to compare to the scores they will need.