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  • Inspiring Spires
    Counselors react strongly to new ACT score reports
    Counselors were surprised to learn earlier this week that ACT is getting more deeply involved in the admissions process by offering colleges the opportunity to purchase individualized reports assessing an applicant’s “chances of...
  • SAT prep
    Don't study for the SAT or ACT this summer
    What? I shouldn’t utilize my summer to improve my score for the central, often required college admission examination?The title is a bit misleading, as I do advise students to use their summer time to prepare for these examinations. However,...
  • Circular bench
    ACT announces changes to college reports that could drive admissions decisions
    About a year ago, the ACT organization announced what appeared to be subtle changes for 2015-16, mainly in the Writing section of the test.In a carefully worded news release, ACT described changes starting with the September 2015 test as &ldquo...
  • The Act! Interface
    Act! Premium Version 17.1.169.0, with Hot Fix 2
    Act! is changing and version 17 continues a traditionAct!, through all of its iterations over the years, still has an edge when it comes to managing contacts for small businesses. Based around a contact centered approach, over time this CRM has...
  • Act is moving into the cloud
    The Next Act: Swiftpage Act! is changing
    Act! has been something of a lingua franca for small businesses. When it comes to contact management, sales and assorted functions related to contacts, it has been the popular gold standard for small business.While the software has been owned by...
  • SAT prep materials
    Which test to take? The College Board rolls out the new SAT
    The high school class of 2017 is a collection of guinea pigs. At least that’s how they’ll be seen through the eyes of college admissions offices and, more prominently, The College Board in the next couple years. The SAT –...
  • 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...
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