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  • Classroom
    College Board releases first practice version of the new PSAT—now what?
    As part of the official ramp-up to the “redesigned” SAT (rSAT) set to debut in March of 2016, the College Board recently released the first full-length practice version of the new PSAT/NMSQT® and posted a downloadable test booklet...
  • Classroom
    5 very good reasons to be annoyed with the College Board
    As the College Board scrambles to devise a new standardized test to address ACT infiltration into markets traditionally dominated by the SAT, management continues making administrative decisions designed to totally annoy the very constituencies...
  • Miseducation
    LPS 2013-2014 Annual Report: filled seats and motion
    Highlights from Lincoln Public Schools (LPS) annual report to 'stakeholders' includes:High school reading scores have improvedPercent of students proficient in math exceeded the state average in all gradesPercent of students proficient in...
  • Princeton University
    Students are submitting more ACT scores to top universities
    For more than a half century, the ACT ran a distant second to the SAT in the college admissions test-taking race. It was the Avis, “We Try Harder,” entrance exam—popular in the Midwest and the South but hardly worthy of notice on...
  • Classroom
    Boycotting the SAT®
    There’s really no delicate or politically correct way to put it. Our kids are competing against cheats. And considering enrollment trends of the past five years suggesting a phenomenal increase in the numbers of international students coming...
  • Georgetown University
    Who needs SAT Subject Tests anyway?
    College-bound juniors beginning the process of scheduling standardized tests for the next few months may want to cover all bases by investigating the need to take SAT Subject Tests or what used to be labeled SAT II’s by the College Board.In...
  • ACT or SAT?
    Which college admissions exam should Florida high school applicants take?
    Before deciding which college admissions exam to take, Florida high school college applicants should consider their level of preparation for the ACT and/or SAT. That is, such college-ready applicants should begin participating, early and often, in...
  • Use of overlapping triangles when proving triangles congruent
    Ten commandments that support higher scoring on SAT, ACT and other math tests
    Last year, I wrote an article about how to use the full grading options on the SAT and ACT to help a student improve his/her test scores. The idea was to obtain a full test workup (including the test booklet, student answers and correct answers)....
  • Duquesne University is the most recently institution to announce test-optional policy.
    Duquesne University offers test-optional admission to liberal arts applicants
    Duquesne University announced last week that some applicants to the institution would not need to submit standardized test scores to be considered for admission. Starting with the Fall 2015 freshman class, applicants to the McAnulty College of...
  • Tax Forms for the Affordable Care Act
    The Affordable Care Act tax forms and premium tax credit in 2015
    Every year tax forms come to your mailbox, such as W2s and 1099s. However, now you can add some new forms to your list. In 2015, there are tax forms that are going to have to be used to enable you to verify that you have health coverage in...
  • Bill Irwin as "Mr. Business"
    "Old" Clowns, Hilarious Tricks: Bill Irwin and David Shiner at the Geary Theater
    I still remember how hard I laughed and how much I enjoyed every minute of Fool Moon, the amazing two-person clown show—if I can put it like that for now—starring Bill Irwin and David Shiner, which I saw about 15 years ago. When I...
  • "The Invisible Hand" at ACT
    'The Invisible Hand' at ACT is a must-see this summer
    There are shows that you see because you want to escape into a warm fuzzy world. There are shows that you see because they are Great Works and you take your medicine so you can write a "5 Plays I Saw That Make Me More Cultured Than You"...
  • Waiting for Godot
    'Waiting for Godot' at Seattle's ACT Theater is entertaining & thought provoking
    Seattle Shakespeare Company’s presentation of Waiting for Godot at ACT Theater proves that serious thoughtful live theater can also be highly entertaining. The minimalist production about two men (Didi and Gogo) who seem suspended in time...
  • ACT performance at high schools in Montgomery County Public Schools.
    Intriguing patterns in ACT performance in Montgomery County Public Schools
    On Friday, Montgomery County Public Schools (MCPS) posted a report on student ACT participation and performance for 2014. The data, especially Table A5, hints at intriguing patterns in performance throughout the school.With the proviso that the...
  • Washington and Lee University
    Business is booming at the ACT
    According to a national score report released Wednesday, business is booming at the ACT, as a record 1.84 million high school students graduating in 2014, took what has become by far and away most the popular college entrance exam.And unless the...
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