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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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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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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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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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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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