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Why Change the SAT Now?

On March 12, 2013, in ACT, Assessment & Testing, common core, SAT, standardized testing, by Scott Cronenweth
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The SAT was revamped as recently as 2005. Changing it again now is potentially risky, in that it may be “off-putting to the biggest stakeholders involved – the students” who are trying to prepare for it.

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College Board Announces Plans to Overhaul the SAT

On March 5, 2013, in ACT, Announcements, Assessment, Assessment & Testing, common core, SAT, standardized testing, by Scott Cronenweth
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David Coleman, the new president of the College Board, the nonprofit that owns the SAT college admissions exam, announced on February 25 in an e-mail to the organization’s members that the test will be redesigned in “an ambitious effort” to more comprehensively address “the core set of knowledge and skills” that are most important to success in college.

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7 Top Android Apps for SAT and ACT Test Prep

On February 19, 2013, in ACT, SAT, standardized testing, Test preparation, by Scott Cronenweth
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In case you hadn’t noticed, teenagers are more eager to focus on a smartphone screen than pretty much anything else in their environment. So why recommend printed SAT or ACT test prep materials when apps are available?

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8 Tips to Help Students Pace Themselves During Standardized Tests

On February 6, 2013, in ACT, Assessment & Testing, SAT, standardized testing, Test preparation, Tutoring, by Scott Cronenweth
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The ability to successfully pace yourself — knowing how much time you have left and how much time to spend on a given question – is a key success factor for standardized test-takers. Here are 8 tips to pass along and work on with your students:

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Why Are There No Summer SAT/ACT Test Dates?

On July 24, 2012, in ACT, Assessment & Testing, learning analytics, SAT, standardized testing, by Scott Cronenweth
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High school students would benefit greatly from the option to take the SAT or ACT in the summer, versus during the higher-stress school year. Kids could finish their academic year, focus on test prep for part of the summer, and take the high-stakes exam in August. Why isn’t this an option?

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Envisioning How Learning Analytics Can Improve Educational Outcomes

On July 3, 2012, in ACT, ed tech, learning analytics, SAT, standardized testing, Technology in Education, by Scott Cronenweth
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In a broader context, learning analytics is envisioned as a tool for improving education in nearly any environment. One new company, Junyo, was created to “make learning data actionable and fun to improve each student’s achievement.”

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Summertime is Test Prep Time

On June 26, 2012, in ACT, Assessment, SAT, standardized testing, Test preparation, by Scott Cronenweth
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With so little time available for yet more studying while school is in session, summer is perhaps the most popular time to prepare for standardized tests. In particular, summer is the perfect time for high school juniors to begin preparing to take the ACT or SAT test in the fall. The same goes for seniors […]

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Make SAT/ACT Test Prep Fun – 3 Sites That Can Help

On May 15, 2012, in ACT, Assessment & Testing, SAT, standardized testing, Test preparation, tips, Tutoring, by Scott Cronenweth
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Many college-bound students will be spending time this summer prepping for SAT or ACT exams, either with private tutors, in group settings or on their own. … With sympathy for their plight, I searched online for some low-cost ideas on how to make preparing for the SAT or ACT over the summer “fun” – or at least a little less boring.

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Two Ways Learning Analytics Might Help Reduce Cheating on the SAT and ACT

On April 3, 2012, in ACT, In The News, SAT, standardized testing, Test preparation, by Scott Cronenweth
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In the wake of a recent cheating episode, the SAT and ACT exams will now require students to upload or mail in a photograph when they sign up for an exam. This photo will be printed on their admissions ticket, and on the roster at the test center. On test day, proctors will compare each test-taker’s photo ID with the photo provided at signup.

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ACT/SAT College Readiness Benchmarks: 4 Thoughts for Tutors

On March 27, 2012, in ACT, Assessment & Testing, SAT, standardized testing, Tutoring, by Scott Cronenweth
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As you probably know, The College Board (creators of the SAT test) and ACT, Inc. (creators of the ACT test) both now have “benchmarks.” These benchmarks are reported to serve as predictors of college and career performance, based entirely on how students score on the tests.