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Quick Take from the May SAT: Flexibility with Unexpected Challenges

You might think that after taking the SAT nearly 90 times that there wouldn’t be any new test taking strategies that could be uncovered from an additional attempt. The nature of the unique challenges to each SAT exams keeps me on my toes each time I take one....

What Admissions Officers Won’t Tell You – Pandemic Edition

Many colleges are test optional for the class of 2021. Some have extended the test optional policy to the class of 2022 as well. We wrote about this a few months ago, but the landscape has changed since then. During these unprecedented times, it can be tempting to...

The Benefits of Online Classes

By now, you probably have a sense of online learning. You’ve experienced the occasional connectivity issues, the classmates who can’t seem to find the mute button, and the adorable but distracting pets. Maybe you’ve spent some time wondering if the person talking is...

Are colleges really waiving the SAT?

If you follow the SAT-related news—and who doesn’t?—you know that several colleges have decided to waive the SAT/ACT requirement for students in the class of 2021. Due to COVID-19, three of the seven annual SAT exam dates have been cancelled, and colleges around the...

June SAT Cancelled… Now What?

SAT Prep in the Age of Corona It all happened so quickly. We were preparing diligently for the March SAT when suddenly the College Board cut that exam. Less than a week later, they cancelled the May SAT. We rallied, focusing on getting ready for the June exam, but...

When Should Juniors Take the SAT?

I’ve been speaking to a lot of parents of rising juniors this summer and the most common question is when should a student take the SAT (the next most common question is “should we take the SAT or ACT” and you can find the answer to that here)? Let...

The Biggest College Admissions Scam Ever

Ever since the FBI announced the charges in their “Operation Varsity Blues” earlier this week, this scandal has been the most covered news story relating to college admissions in quite a while. This video is the News12 coverage:...

February ACT Exam Finally Offered in New York

For the past 40 years, there has been a February ACT in every state except New York. Sure, New York students have 5 ACT exams and 7 SAT exams (and none are harder/easier than any other) to choose from when planning out their testing schedule, which may seem like quite...

The Cruel June SAT Curve

If you took the June SAT, you may have been caught off-guard on July 11th. The College Board released the June SAT scores and reports, and the data seemed to confirm the anecdotes many of us had been hearing: Many students answered more questions correctly than on any...

Is the March SAT Harder?

Spring is on the way, and that means it’s time for the rumors to start flying again about the March SAT. I’ve heard all about how it’s more difficult than the others, and how it should be avoided. I hear it every year. Of course everyone understands that the College...