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What you need to know about National Merit awards

National Merit. School counselors talk about it. School districts publicize it. However, many parents and students aren't really sure what it is beyond some sort of academic honor that smart kids pursue. Check out this post for ideas about…
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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.
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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 best way to choose between the SAT or ACT

You don't have to take official SAT and ACT's to find which test is right for you. There's a better way.

About the ACT’s BIG announcement

In the excitement of how wonderful the ACT was being for students, a couple of points got glossed over, and they're particularly problematic.

5 steps to creating your test prep plan

While it might be difficult to come up with the exact plan for everyone, I have been able to develop a plan that works for most students. It also gives them a framework to build their own plan around.

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