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In over 50 years of competition for the hearts and minds of colleges and college applicants, the SAT and ACT have both gone through a lot of changes. College Board has always favored dramatic test revisions, the most recent of which was the unveiling of a fully digital, section adaptive SAT in 2023. ACT, on the other hand, has put stock in stability, tweaking small elements over time but never swaying far from the core concept of its inception… until now. ACT CEO Janet Godwin recently announced that The ACT Test Is Evolving. I’ve been aware of the different aspects of the exam being evaluated through a long period of internal review and digital pilots and appreciate the broad strokes of a new ACT: Fewer Items and Less Speed Maybe ACT doesn’t need 75 questions in 45 minutes to evaluate a test taker’s English proficiency. The new ACT will include…

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Why have the SAT and ACT become so important in the college admissions process? Basically because most admissions officers can use the objective metrics these tests provide to better evaluate more subjective data like grades and class rank. Like it or not, the SAT and ACT provide awesome opportunities for students to enhance their applications. But exams like these do have obvious drawbacks, the most glaring of which is that a given test score represents a snapshot of student performance on one long weekend morning, rather than over a longer period of time. Talk about pressure! However, various changes in both how scores are reported and how they are evaluated have taken some of that pressure off. On the testing side, both the College Board and ACT, Inc. allow students to select which test scores they wish to send. This benefit, which was a long time coming on the SAT…

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Despite the dream of going one and done on your admissions test of choice, ACT and SAT retakes often pay off handsomely. In fact, we’ve known for a long time just how worthwhile taking another SAT or ACT can be. In the interest of further quantifying the benefits of retakes, ACT parsed the data from students who took the ACT multiple times with the goal of improving their scores and postsecondary credentials. The October 2022 paper, Six Things You Should Know About ACT Score Gains From Retesting, drew significant conclusions: 1. Average score gains are modest (about 1 score point) Specifically, the average time from the first to the last test was 8.3 months and the average ACT Composite score gain was 1.14. 2. Score gains increase with more time between tests That said, ACT scores tend to increase more while students are in school and stagnate or even decline…

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Standardized tests like the SAT and ACT would be a whole lot easier if we were allowed to bring them home to take at our leisure. Unfortunately, these anxiety-provoking exams are defined in part by their stringent time limits. The minutes allotted per section often seem insufficient compared to the number and complexity of questions to be answered. Of course, time management is part of the test! But some students have diagnosed disabilities that allow additional time for academic tasks. With the proper documentation, these accommodations can be applied to SAT and ACT administrations. Most test takers who are approved for this time of accommodation will receive Extended Time, while Double Time or Special Testing is reserved for students with more serious needs. These are the Extended Time regulations for the tests as of January 2024: Extended Time Extended Time is the most common accommodation approved for test takers. In…

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Have you ever worked really hard towards something important, only to find you neglected some essential piece of paperwork that rendered all your preparation meaningless? This sad fate befalls all too many students who plan to sit for the SAT and ACT without actually registering for the test. My heart breaks every time I see this happen to one of our students. Make sure it doesn’t happen to you by understanding the registration process: 1. Your high school does not handle SAT or ACT registration. Don’t let the school’s more active role in organizing the PSAT and/or PreACT fool you. High schools do not and cannot manage registration for the SAT and ACT. That said, school counselors usually offer a lot of guidance in that area. Note that you should work with the school for the separate but related purpose of applying for test accommodations. 2. You have to register…

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*** Earn your best scores on the April 13 ACT *** Are you looking for the personal attention and convenience of online tutoring without paying 1-1 rates? We’ve all experienced the many ways large classes don’t work in a remote environment. Small-group instruction, however, works much more like tutoring, which is why our SAT and ACT Cohort Classes bring you the best of both worlds. This class will bring 4-6 students together online with one expert instructor in preparation for a specific test. You’ll get in-depth, interactive lessons on math, grammar, reading, and testing content strategies for both exams for much less than 1-1 tutoring would cost. This 14-hour ACT Cohort Class is held over Zoom from 6-8pm EST on Mondays and Wednesdays: March 13, 6-8pm March 18, 6-8pm March 20, 6-8pm March 25, 6-8pm March 27, 6-8pm April 3, 6-8pm April 10, 6-8pm This class is open to students…

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