How to Approach the SAT Essay

In the old days, before the latest SAT redesign in 2015, the SAT essay assignment consisted of short, cryptic prompts, inspiring the creative student to heights of rhetorical and literary rococo. Nowadays, though, the SAT essay is all business: students are presented with a long, persuasive essay on a contemporary … 

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College Board’s Score Choice Policy

College Board has consistently had a Score Choice policy since the 1990’s, right? Wrong. A few years ago, College Board reinstated the Score Choice policy. Score Choice was alive and well in the late 1990’s until College Board found too many students abusing the system. And so College Board up … 

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SAT or ACT Essay

Many universities, including recent additions the California Institute of Technology, Brown University, Princeton University, and Stanford University, have declared it optional for applicants to submit SAT or ACT essay scores. As a piece by The Editorial Board of “The Washington Post” points out, the essay portion of the SAT and … 

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UC Schools Examine SAT and ACT

The debate over whether the SAT and ACT are accurate measures of a student’s academic potential in college is one that has raged for decades. Now, the University of California faculty leaders have announced a new study that will be conducted over the course of this next year to measure … 

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College Board Faces Litigation

Over the years, we’ve reported on many instances in which cheating has been uncovered on the SAT (and ACT for that matter, too). A number of these instances have occurred in Asia but we’ve also reported on instances of cheating right here at home in the U.S.A., like in Rancho Penasquitos, … 

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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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