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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...

When to take the SAT or ACT

As students return to school for an important junior year, SAT and ACT preparation begin to come into focus. The two biggest questions are “should I take the ACT or SAT” (you may also want to check out the SAT vs ACT Wars post) and “when should I...

How Much do Campus Visits Really Matter?

Chances are you have heard that visiting college campuses is an important part of the application process. But just how important is this and when does it matter most? A recent study by James Dearden, Chad Meyerhoefer, Muzhe Yang, and Suhui Li show that students who...

SAT vs. ACT Test Wars

Yesterday’s Newsday article tackles a lot of important information surrounding the SAT and ACT competition. One of its main focuses is the short supply of August SAT test center on Long Island (a situation I alerted my readers and students to early on). Here are...

What is Your SAT Prep Class REALLY Teaching You?

When I saw this article the other day, I was curious to see what a credible outlet like U.S. News and World Report had to say about a very common type of question on the SAT. Since these contextual vocab questions come up around ten times on each exam, they’re...