Canceled test dates? Keep your standardized testing skills on point

You've spent months studying for the ACT, SAT, or subject tests, only to see your planned test dates vanish from the calendar.  What should you do?  Continue the tutoring that you thought was coming to an end?  Take a break and risk having your test-taking skills get a little dull by the time you sit … Continue reading Canceled test dates? Keep your standardized testing skills on point

Helping your child decide whether to take SAT Subject Tests

We tend to emphasize the ACT or SAT to such a degree that SAT Subject Tests (formerly known as SAT II Subject Tests and, before that, as Achievement Tests) stand out in my mind as the forgotten stepchild of college admissions testing.  Students squeeze them in almost as an afterthought, as they put together their … Continue reading Helping your child decide whether to take SAT Subject Tests

Expect more shock tremors: the underbelly of the SAT

"Crickets" from the College Board, a friend said in response to one of my Facebook posts on the college admissions scandal that broke this past week.  Has anybody else noticed the deafening silence?  Please note that all of the released transcripts of taped conversations have referred to alleged cheating only on the SAT, not the … Continue reading Expect more shock tremors: the underbelly of the SAT

Sometimes it makes sense to skip standardized testing all together…

High school juniors have standardized testing on their minds, with all of the accompanying questions: When should I test? Should I take the SAT or ACT? Should I take these tests with the essay/writing section? Should I take SAT Subject Tests and, if so, which ones? Rarely do people ask me if their child should test … Continue reading Sometimes it makes sense to skip standardized testing all together…

ACT or SAT: Which test should your child take?

Good question, but if you've decided to take them you should feel confident that the assessments that you chose will put your best foot forward. Standardized testing policies have evolved considerably since I wrote my book, The Thinking Parent's Guide to College Admissions, more than 10 years ago.  Today, applicants enjoy benefits that they did not … Continue reading ACT or SAT: Which test should your child take?