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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.

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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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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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Badges for Lifelong Learning Competition Heats Up

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Enter the badge, “… a validated indicator of accomplishment, skill, quality or interest…” that can be earned in almost any learning environment. Badges can motivate and support ongoing learning, validate skills and education, help build reputation and confirm knowledge acquisition.

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Awareness of Learning Disabilities in Students

On August 30, 2011, in Assessment, General, Intelligence, tips, Tutoring, Uncategorized, by Scott Cronenweth
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As a new school year begins, now is a good time for tutors to raise their awareness of learning disabilities and how to spot them. The support and encouragement of a caring tutor can make a big difference in a child’s success.