The End of the SAT Adversity Score

As loyal readers of our college admissions blog know all too well, we’ve got a crystal ball at Ivy Coach. Its readings are highly accurate. Our crystal ball can predict if a student has no chance of admission to Harvard — even if the student’s mom and dad believe an … 

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SAT Adversity Score

The College Board will now be weighing in on a test-taker’s social and economic background. As reports Douglas Belkin for The Wall Street Journal in a piece entitled “SAT to Give Students ‘Adversity Score’ to Capture Social and Economic Background,” “The new number, called an adversity score by college admissions … 

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Florida Student Drops Case Against SAT Administrators

Just a few short weeks ago, we wrote about a student in Florida who accused the Educational Testing Service (ETS), the organization which administers College Board’s SAT, of racial bias. As our readers may remember, the student’s October SAT score, which was up by over 300 points from her March … 

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On Taking Advantage of the SAT Q & A Service

Every student who takes advantage of the College Board’s online PSAT score details knows how useful this service is: With a full digital version of their test linking each section and question, students can rethink and redo those questions they got wrong, then view an explanation of the correct answers. … 

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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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