Archive for the ‘SAT’ Category

The New SAT

Friday, March 20th, 2015


Coming to you in the spring of 2016: it’s new, it’s live, it’s terrifying… SAT returns in a whole new format! Bolt down the doors and stock up on cans of beans. Or don’t. You could probably do neither of those things and be fine taking the new SAT. Something tells me they haven’t gone power mad and decided to create the unattainable exam. What they’re actually doing is making a new model of testing that is more relevant than its predecessors. The new SAT will be an updated, improved version of its ancestors which can only mean good things for college applicants. (more…)

Should I Retake the ACT/SAT Standardized Test?

Tuesday, July 29th, 2014

Sat ExamMost colleges will require some form of standardized testing, but the two most common are the ACT and SAT tests. In short, it really is impossible to say whether your particular scenario requires you to retake the test or to move on and work on other parts of your application. However, there are indicators to look for when deciding if another few months of test stress are really what you need.

Use Your Practice Scores as a Baseline

The simplest way to ascertain whether or not retaking is wise is to compare your actual score with predicted scores. If you scored a 29 on the day but previous practices put you in the 33-34 range, you may have had an off – day and retaking would most likely boost your score. If you scored a 32 and have generally been scoring 33’s, it may not be the best use of time to study for the test all over again. (more…)

Changes in The SAT Exam

Friday, March 14th, 2014

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The most important thing to keep in mind when researching and preparing for the new SAT Test is that you can definitely succeed even though the parameters have changed.  The SAT Test itself will be no more difficult than the previous SAT version, and although it seems like there are some big changes, many of the same study and preparation techniques will help you score your best.

Starting in 2016, high school students taking the SAT will have more options: (more…)

Standardized Tests: A Bit of Historical Perspective

Saturday, November 23rd, 2013

From China to US

SAT Subject Tests

As we know, we live in a world of standards, from professional certifications to IQ tests. If you’re serious about entering the military, you have met the ASVAB. If you’re reading this and English isn’t your mother tongue, you’ll likely have encountered TOEFL. And of course, there’s the SAT, ACT, ISEE, SSAT, SHSAT, and on and on. These college assessment tests find themselves as part of a long tradition in the West, one originally imported from the East. (more…)

Standardized Testing in 2013: SAT vs. ACT

Monday, October 28th, 2013

PSAT and SAT Testing

The PSAT has passed, and Twitter is all a-flutter with recounts of passages regarding a farm animal and a Japanese man (watch it, btw!  Should you disclose any test material, you run the risk of the College Board taking action.  Not good.)  Scores are back in early December.

Meanwhile, the standardized testing process loiters down the pike at a massive fork in the road.  The path to the left will regress you to “diaper math” as you politically correctly reason your way through several sprints, and a somewhat predictable set of steps.  Apparently one can even sail through the essay by practicing some pre-figured formula.  Harumph.  I’d like to think you have more integrity than to engage in THAT scenario, right??… (more…)