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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.

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How to Interpret SAT Scores: Insights for Tutors

On March 21, 2012, in Assessment, common core, Common Standards, SAT, standardized testing, tips, Tutoring, by Scott Cronenweth
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As a tutor or teacher you might well be asked: What’s a good SAT score? That depends on a student’s goals and the college(s) she or he wants to go to.

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Test Prep on a Budget: Six Tips for Students

On February 21, 2012, in ACT, SAT, standardized testing, Test preparation, tips, by Scott Cronenweth
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What’s the best way to prepare for the SAT or ACT? The approach you take depends somewhat on how much time and money you have to spend. … Students with tight budgets shouldn’t feel outgunned, however.

 
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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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The Socratic Method in Tutoring

On November 15, 2011, in General, Intelligence, standardized testing, Test preparation, tips, Tutoring, by Scott Cronenweth
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One of the oldest and most powerful teaching techniques is simply to guide the learner by asking directed questions. This basic tutoring approach is sometimes referred to as the Socratic Method or the “inquiry method.”

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When Is the Right Time to Take the SAT or ACT?

On September 20, 2011, in ACT, SAT, standardized testing, Test preparation, tips, by Scott Cronenweth
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At what point in the junior year is it best to take the SAT or ACT? Here the answer can be different for every student.

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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.