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Three Advantages of a Learning Analytics Based SAT/ACT Diagnostic Test

On January 24, 2012, in ACT, Assessment, Assessment & Testing, SAT, by Scott Cronenweth
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In a highly competitive college admissions environment, every advantage counts – and that can include a higher standardized test score. Knowing clearly which exam could give you an edge is a key first step in the test prep process.

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SAT or ACT? Now There’s a Better Way to Choose

On January 17, 2012, in ACT, Assessment, Assessment & Testing, SAT, standardized testing, Test preparation, by Scott Cronenweth
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College-bound high school students face intense pressure around preparing for standardized admissions testing – including choosing whether to take the SAT or the ACT. While it’s generally recognized that neither test is “easier” or “harder” than the other overall, their formats are different – so one might be better suited to a particular student than the other. But which?

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High-Stakes Standardized Testing in China

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In the US, mandatory standardized testing on the national level has primarily been put forth as a public policy strategy, with the aim of establishing stronger accountability measures for public education. … But what has not been a credible part of the standardized testing debate in the US is the idea of making such a test a high-stakes, make-or-break determinant of students’ professional aptitude, college admissions, etc. … In stark contrast is the situation in China…

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Thoughts on “Test Optional” College Admissions

On December 13, 2011, in ACT, Assessment & Testing, SAT, standardized testing, Test preparation, by Scott Cronenweth
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But is this “holistic” approach to admissions really about students? Or is it about the competitive marketing to college-bound students among the schools themselves? … And are test scores really optional at top-tier institutions just because the school’s policy says so?

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SAT Test Prep Apps for iPad

On September 13, 2011, in ACT, Assessment & Testing, digital content, ed tech, SAT, standardized testing, Technology, Test preparation, by Scott Cronenweth
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A variety of test prep apps have recently come out for the iPad, iPhone and other mobile devices, with more sure to follow.

 
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Academic Prep Camps are Hot This Summer

On August 16, 2011, in ACT, Assessment & Testing, SAT, Test preparation, Tutoring, by Scott Cronenweth
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With college admissions growing ever more competitive, academic prep camps are becoming increasingly popular as an adjunct to, or even a replacement for, more traditional summer camp. Preparation for the SAT and ACT tests are popular on tutoring camp agendas. Some programs offer remedial support, while others are geared for helping high achievers meet their goals, such as admission to a top-tier university.

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Early High School Graduation – Issues and Impacts for Tutors

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As US school districts struggle with shrinking budgets, the option to snip a year or even two from students’ high school education has become increasingly appealing. These programs, modeled on systems that have been successful in Singapore, France, Finland and other high-performing countries, hopes to shift the emphasis from seat time and credits to verifiable subject mastery. What might the impact of these programs be on tutoring?

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When It Comes to Education, Motivation Can Matter More than Wealth

On June 14, 2011, in Assessment, Assessment & Testing, Education, standardized testing, by Scott Cronenweth
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A recent international educational assessment shows that US academic performance has fallen to “average” relative to the sixty-five participating countries. India didn’t participate in this latest assessment, but how might their students compare? Direct observation indicates that Indian kids — even in poor parts of the country — might well come out on top.

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Tutoring Plus Learning Analytics Equals Cost-Effective SAT/ACT Test Prep

On May 24, 2011, in ACT, Assessment, Assessment & Testing, SAT, standardized testing, Test preparation, Tutoring, by Scott Cronenweth
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College-bound students and their parents are well aware that high scores on the SAT or ACT are of interest not only to college admission offices, but also to financial aid and scholarship programs. As a result, American families annually spend millions of dollars on prep courses hoping to boost scores. From simple practice testing to […]

 
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5 Ways to Maximize Your Students’ Performance on Test Day

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Right now many college-bound students are in the midst of taking the SAT, ACT and other standardized “college prep” tests. As their tutor, over the past weeks and months you’ve done all you can to help them prepare. Now it’s up to them. With “the big test” just days away there’s not much more you […]

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