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The New SAT – Why High Schools Shouldn’t Even Pay Attention

 
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How should the recently announced changes to the SAT impact high schools?

Changes to the SAT… Much Ado About Nothing

 
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The College Board made headlines yesterday by announcing major changes to the SAT. Who cares? For the most part, preparation for the test will remain the same. Students will still need to focus on building core math, reading, and writing skills. Students will still need to put in a significant amount of time and practice to score their best since repetition and familiarity with the test questions will remain the key. The College Board is making these changes to become more like the ACT because the ACT has been eating the SAT’s lunch for years now. More students take the ACT every year than the SAT. That news comes as a shock in places like New York and California where the SAT was always the predominant test. The College Board is trying to stop the bleeding and keep the SAT relevant. 

Breakdown of the Very First Question of the December 2013 ACT

 
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Here is the very first question of the December 2013 ACT. So predictable. So easy to teach. So easy to learn. But if you haven’t practiced or been shown what to look for, the question can be tricky.

One Key ACT English Concept That Will Earn You Easy Points

 
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I am a 37 year old tutor who has been helping students prepare for the ACT for the last 15 years.

Think Fast: A standardized test that’s a sprint to the finish

 
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In the real world, we tend to make important decisions deliberately. Especially when we’re doing things that may be considered “academic” – like figuring out the amortization on a mortgage or reading through the terms of an automobile lease agreement – we are encouraged to do so with careful thought, and for good reason. Do we want to agree to terms we haven’t fully processed? Should we make financial decisions based on first-time, blitz-like math calculations? Certainly not. Yet there is one roughly four-hour period in many high school students’ lives that demands the sort of rapid-fire, no-second-thoughts action that, by and large, is discouraged in life after school. 

The ACT: A Standardized Test That's a Sprint to the Finish

 

In the real world, we tend to make important decisions deliberately. Especially when we’re doing things that may be considered “academic” – like figuring out the amortization on a mortgage or reading through the terms of an automobile lease agreement – we are encouraged to do so with careful thought, and for good reason. Do we want to agree to terms we haven’t fully processed? Should we make financial decisions based on first-time, blitz-like math calculations? Certainly not. Yet there is one roughly four-hour period in many high school students’ lives that demands the sort of rapid-fire, no-second-thoughts action that, by and large, is discouraged in life after school.

Extra, Extra! Old Guy Takes the ACT!

 
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A few years ago, I took the SAT for the first time in 18 years, as a 35 year old. I wrote an article about the experience and the article ended up appearing in newspapers around the country.

PSAT – Answers to Your Frequently Asked Questions

 
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Sometimes, high school feels like a whole other world with all its activities, emotions, and requirements. Part of the reason is because you are approaching adulthood, and your life’s going to be changing. High school’s trying to prepare you for that.

Are the Summer SATs a Smart Move or a Waste of Time?

 
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Taking the SAT is a major part of a college-bound student's high school career. The debate rages on about summer SATs: Could they make the testing process easier for students? Or will they just add that much more stress to the process? 

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