ACT and Students with Disabilities

Back in 2002, ACT, Inc. was supposed to stop flagging the exams of test-takers who were afforded extra time due to disabilities — and the move was retroactive to 1999. The switch was in response to a settlement reached in a 1999 lawsuit in which the organization essentially found itself … 

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An Overview of the Supporters and Critics of the SAT and ACT

In light of the University of Chicago dropping the requirement for applicants to submit an SAT or ACT, a number of folks have voiced their opinion on whether these two tests should remain staples of the college admissions process. So which groups stand in favor of keeping the exams? And … 

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University of Chicago Goes Test-Optional

In a college admissions bombshell, the University of Chicago, one of our nation’s most elite universities, has announced that it will go test-optional for domestic undergraduate applicants beginning next year. In so doing, the school — which is ranked in a tie for #3 with Yale University in the 2018 … 

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The Unflagging of Extended Time on the SAT and ACT

Updated on August 13, 2018: If students receive extra time on the SAT or ACT because of a disability like ADHD, do the colleges to which these students apply know they received this accommodation? It’s a question a number of folks have asked us over the last couple of days … 

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Extra Time on the ACT and SAT

If you’re the parent of a high schooler who recently came home from taking the SAT or ACT saying something like, “Half the kids at my school receive extra time because of ridiculous supposed disabilities,” know that you’re not alone. While your child is likely exaggerating a tad that half … 

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A Tone Deaf PR Attempt by College Board

In the wake of the mass shooting at Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School in Parkland, Florida, College Board, the maker of the SAT, SAT Subject Tests, AP Tests, and other noteworthy exams, issued a statement from its president and CEO, David Coleman. But the statement Coleman made didn’t exactly hit … 

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College Board Attacks Test Optional Colleges

If you’re wondering the College Board’s position on test-optional colleges, we might suggest you follow the money. While the College Board is a not-for-profit organization, don’t think for a second that a not-for-profit isn’t driven by its bottom line — and College Board’s bottom line is quite high. Those $93 … 

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SAT Still Grapples with Score Disparity

Critics of the SAT have long argued that the gaps in scores between groups of test-takers of different races/ethnicities is indicative of the fact that the test is an unfair barometer of a student’s ability to succeed in college. It’s an argument that goes back many decades — to a … 

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