College Admissions News and ACT / SAT Strategy

How Test Optional Policies Diminish University Authority

Posted by Stefan Maisnier on Thu, Feb 22, 2024 @ 12:44 PM

This February, Dartmouth and Yale announced the return of standardized testing requirements as part of their undergraduate application processes. Both institutions provided rigorous statistical analysis illustrating that standardized tests remain the single best predictor of student performance upon admission, as well as evidence that removing the standardized testing requirement, contrary to popular belief, actually led to a decrease in admissions of lesser-served student populations. Still, despite overwhelming evidence, these decisions have been met with both approval and derision as various constituencies project larger philosophical debates onto the issue of standardized testing in college admissions.

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Should I Submit ACT or SAT Scores to Test-Optional Schools?

Posted by Mark Skoskiewicz on Thu, Dec 29, 2022 @ 03:46 PM

 If you’re planning to apply to college in the near-future, you’re probably thinking a lot about the SAT and/or the ACT, the two standardized tests colleges have been using to make admissions decisions for generations. And yet, for this current generation of students, the college admissions landscape has a new feature: the ability to apply test-optional. More and more colleges and universities are offering students the option of not submitting either SAT or ACT scores as part of their admissions materials.

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Topics: sat tutoring, ACT, submitting test scores, test optional

SAT vs ACT: Key Differences

Posted by Mark Skoskiewicz on Fri, Dec 23, 2022 @ 10:00 AM

Should I take the ACT or the SAT? This is one of the most common questions students have when they begin to consider the college application process.

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Topics: sat tutoring, ACT, studying for the SATs, tips for studying for the ACT

How Does Hiring an ACT or SAT Tutor Improve Test Scores?

Posted by Mark Skoskiewicz on Fri, Nov 11, 2022 @ 02:57 PM

Getting a high score on the ACT or SAT can be the difference between getting admitted to your preferred college or university or getting rejected. While certain institutions have decided to become test-optional, great scores on these standardized tests remain highly appreciated by admissions officers around the United States and abroad. In fact, even at test optional universities and colleges, a high ACT or SAT score is still one of the most important drivers of admissions decisions.

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How to Hire the Best ACT or SAT Tutor for You

Posted by Mark Skoskiewicz on Wed, Dec 29, 2021 @ 12:46 PM

Preparing for the ACT or SAT can seem daunting, but remember, these exams are your chance to improve the likelihood of admission to your dream college. In fact, if your GPA isn’t as high as it could be, this could be the chance you have at giving yourself an edge in the admissions process. While many colleges are going test optional, a strong ACT score can only help you show off your academic prowess and readiness to thrive in at the university level. Though the ACT can be challenging, and perhaps you’ve scored less-than-ideally on a practice test, utilizing an ACT tutor can noticeably improve your score. An in-person or online ACT tutor can really kick-start your ACT prep process, providing you with the ACT study plan you need to be effective and efficient when you self-study for the ACT. After all, for every hour you spend with an ACT or SAT tutor, you should spend three hours self-studying.

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Topics: sat tutoring, ACT concepts, SAT test, ACT/SAT study skills