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

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 after we posted about how … 

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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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Colleges That Require SAT Subject Tests

Many highly selective colleges do not require applicants to submit SAT Subject Test scores. But don’t be fooled. With admission rates at many highly selective colleges at or below 10%, what a college requires and what a college actually wants to see can be two entirely different things. Think about … 

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ACT Testing Registration Deadlines

What are the upcoming ACT testing registration deadlines for 2017-2018, you ask? If you intend to take the ACT this year, you may have woken up with this pressing question on your mind. Ok, maybe not. But we figured we’d let you know these ACT testing registration deadlines anyway. After … 

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