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

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 … Continue reading Sometimes it makes sense to skip standardized testing all together…

ACT or SAT: Which test should your child take?

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 back then, such as "superscoring," self-reporting, and an increasing number of "test-optional" and "test-flexible" schools.  Advantages and disadvantages of the two major tests — the SAT … Continue reading ACT or SAT: Which test should your child take?