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Every challenge tests more than expected at first glance. The path to fame as a performer, for example, demands talent, but also hustle, charisma, and connections. Success in sports also stems not just from physical conditioning and mastery of a dedicated skill set but also a slew of professional and psychological qualities that separate champions from the rest. Standardized exams are no exception to this rule. Of course you need to master the content and strategies that lead to maximum points on every section of a given test. Of course you also need to learn the structure of the exam inside-out so you can perfect your time management plan and test day routine. Of course you even need to give serious thought to what kind of snacks, clothes, watch, calculator, and even pencils you might bring to a given exam. But do you really need to pay attention to little…

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While tests like the SAT and ACT cannot help but inspire a certain amount of anxiety, the terror of test day subsides quite a bit once you realize that you have the power to hide disappointing scores. Suddenly, the big tests become a lot less scary, now that we live in the era of Score Choice. SAT SCORE CHOICE Score Choice™ is the mechanism by which test takers choose which SAT scores or individual SAT Subject Test scores to send to colleges. The default SAT score report includes all scores from every test a student has taken. Score Choice allows applicants to selectively suppress scores before issuing reports. Thus, if the Score Choice option is not used, all scores are sent to selected colleges. Be advised that Score Choice applies only to score reports sent to colleges; the score reports students and their high schools receive include scores from all…

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Respected standardized tests are built upon three core pillars, one of which is reliability. We expect stability or consistency of measurement over time, so that similar raw scores will produce similar scaled scores any place or time a test is administered. Test-retest reliability has always been a bedrock attribute of the SAT. Colleges trust in a high level of exam consistency over different administrations so that scores from one test date can be easily and fairly compared to scores from other dates. What, then, will colleges do with the scores from the June 2018 SAT? In case you haven’t heard, the June SAT was easier than most other tests. A certain level of variation in difficulty from section to section and test to test occurs all the time on both the SAT and ACT, but seldom to this extent. The June test was so much easier across all sections that…

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Some days, you just don’t have it. Maybe you’re tired or unfocused or unprepared. Perhaps you forgot your admission ticket or had to deal with a poor proctor. Whatever the reason, if your test day spirals out of control and your ACT scores fall far below your potential, all is not lost. ACT test takers have many options for handling unflattering scores. The main approach to bad scores is to simply ignore them. Your ACT scores are automatically sent to any high school you report as well as college score recipients you select before testing. But you should never (with limited exceptions) have your unseen scores automatically sent to target schools. Better to wait until after the fact and pay a little extra to choose which ACT scores to send to whom. You can choose test administrations but not specific sections to send. Considering the availability of selective score reporting…

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As anyone who has taken a practice SAT can attest, sometimes scoring the test can be tougher than taking it. The scoring paradigm of the newest version of the SAT requires more steps to complete and lacks the simplicity of ACT scoring. When we administer practice SATs, we find that the ten minutes at the end where we help students score their exams can be fairly frustrating for teens that have already struggled through more than three hours of math, grammar, and reading challenges. Fortunately, the College Board offers an elegant solution to the challenge of scoring practice tests in the form of the Daily Practice for the New SAT app. Not only does this app serve up the traditional SAT Question of the Day, but the Scan and Score function also takes the pain out of practice test scoring. Here’s how works: Take a complete SAT practice test or…

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