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Here’s How to Guess Effectively on the SAT

On February 12, 2013, in Assessment, Assessment & Testing, SAT, standardized testing, Test preparation, tips, Tutoring, by Scott Cronenweth
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Contrary to popular belief, there is no “guessing penalty” on the SAT. There is, however, a penalty for wrong answers – and the whole point of that penalty is to help ensure that students who guess randomly won’t improve their scores as a result.

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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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Contract Grading

On October 2, 2012, in Assessment & Testing, Teaching, Tutoring, by Scott Cronenweth
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Though it was introduced perhaps 30 years ago, contract grading has recently grown increasingly popular among (mostly) high school and university educators and students alike. There are two primary reasons for this trend. First, contract grading helps streamline the grading process and the questions and issues of subjectivity that go with it. Second, contract grading is increasingly perceived as facilitating both better teaching and better learning.

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Peer Assessment in MOOCs and Online Courses

On September 25, 2012, in Assessment, Assessment & Testing, ed tech, Technology in Education, by Scott Cronenweth
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MOOC type courses, such as those that leverage the Coursera platform, are inherently conceived to empower learners to educate each other, such as through posts and responses in course forums. This form of “crowd-sourced commentary” helps create a learning community – so why not build the community even further by empowering learners to evaluate one another?

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Student Peer Evaluation: Plusses and Minuses

On September 18, 2012, in Assessment, Assessment & Testing, ed tech, online learning, Technology in Education, by Scott Cronenweth
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With the rapidly growing popularity of massive open online courses (MOOCs) and online education in general, peer evaluation by students is coming to the fore as a way to assess student performance in online courses.

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4 Steps to Bring Learning Analytics to Online Education

On September 4, 2012, in Assessment & Testing, learning analytics, online learning, Technology in Education, Tutoring, by Scott Cronenweth
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In the emerging research area of learning analytics, technologists and thought leaders are envisioning ways to reveal how engaged students are, how much they’re learning, and how to enhance the lessons going forward.

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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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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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Test Prep for Top Middle Schools Means More Tutoring

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An article this week in the New York Times highlights how the high-stakes, testing-driven competition for a top-rated education continues to intensify in the US – and how tutoring is deemed crucial to students’ success.

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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.