Category: Test Prep

ISEE vs. SSAT

Friday, October 21, 2022

For students and families who are interested in the private school application process, there are generally two major tests on their radar: the ISEE and the SSAT. While both exams have a lot in common, there are also some distinct differences between the tests that students should keep in mind.

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Test Score Submit Rates for Class of 2025

Friday, May 20, 2022
Percentage of SAT and ACT Score Submissions for the Class of 2025

The COVID-19 pandemic has shifted the way higher education institutions review applications with many colleges choosing to adopt a temporary test-optional application review process. However, with record-breaking applicant pools and record-low admit rates, families are worried that test-optional may not really mean test-optional at all. Here is what we know, so far.

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List of Colleges Extending Test-Optional Policies

Wednesday, February 2, 2022
2020-21 test optional schools UPDATED: List of Colleges Extending Test-Optional Policies

The COVID-19 pandemic has brought on a number of changes within the standardized testing industry, including the introduction of a new, entirely digital testing format and many colleges shifting to a test-optional admissions process for the 2020-21 admissions cycle. In fact, 75% of four-year colleges and universities will not require SAT or ACT scores for the 2021-22 admissions cycle.

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What to Know About the New Digital SAT

Monday, January 31, 2022

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On January 25, the College Board announced that starting in 2023 and 2024, the SAT (including the PSAT) would become an entirely computer-based exam. High school students and families might be wondering how this will impact their test prep and college prep strategies. Read on to learn more!

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Test-Taking Strategies: How to Ace the College Test Prep

Monday, December 20, 2021

Test-Taking Strategies

Exams like the SAT, ACT, PSAT and AP tests can all seem overwhelming at first. Being asked to complete an academic assessment is already stressful, and it’s even more challenging to perform well under timed conditions when the stakes are high.

The good news is that it’s possible to put most of your test-taking anxieties at ease and ace your college test prep. The secret to performing your best is taking advantage of tried-and-true test-taking strategies that will set every student up for success.

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Test Prep 101: Guide to the SAT Math Section

Sunday, August 1, 2021
SAT test prep tips.jpgWhat is Tested on the SAT Math Section?

By IvyWise Master Tutor

The SAT Math Test is divided into four main sections: Heart of Algebra, Problem Solving and Data Analysis, Passport to Advanced Math, and Additional Topics in Math.

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2021 AP Exam Overview

Thursday, February 4, 2021
Here’s How AP Exams Will Be Administered in 2021

AP Exams are an opportunity for students to demonstrate their expertise in advanced classes, get a taste of college-level coursework, and maybe even earn credit towards their undergraduate degree. This year there are significant changes to the AP Exam process due to COVID-19, and students will have the chance to sit for exams either in-person or virtually.

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Juniors: Should You Take the SAT or ACT This Year?

Tuesday, February 2, 2021
IvyWise Live: The Future of Standardized Testing

Watch our expert counselors answer some of your most pressing testing questions. Check out the recording of the IvyWise Live webinar The Future of Standardized Testing.

Why Juniors Should Still Carefully Consider Their Testing Strategy

In years past, the vast majority of high school juniors planned on taking the SAT/ACT. However, with an increasing number of schools extending their test-optional admissions policies, some students may be wondering whether it is still worthwhile to study for these exams. 

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Coronavirus Cancellations: Admissions Testing and College Updates

Friday, December 11, 2020
Memorial Church and Harvard Yard on campus of Harvard University at sunset. Harvard University is a private Ivy League research university in Cambridge, MA.The Latest on How Colleges and Universities in the US are Responding to COVID-19

The response to concerns over the spread of novel coronavirus (COVID-19) has deeply affected college bound high school students with school closures and the cancelling of large gatherings, including campus visits and admissions tests.

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5 Ways to Deal With Test Anxiety

Thursday, December 3, 2020
If You’re Dealing with Test Anxiety, Try These Tips

Final exams are approaching, and while pre-exam jitters are almost inevitable, some students may experience more pronounced stress levels due to test anxiety. If you worry and self-doubt are interfering with your test-taking experience, you’re not alone: as many as 30% of first-year college students experience test anxiety.

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What You Need to Know About the Latin SAT Subject Test

Wednesday, November 25, 2020
Read This If You’re Considering Taking the SAT Subject Test in Latin

By Andy, IvyWise Master Tutor

Once you’ve determined that you’re interested in taking SAT Subject Tests, the next question on many students’ minds is which exams they should take. While every SAT Subject Test is one-hour and designed to assess your knowledge and skills in a certain subject, the exams themselves vary greatly.

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What to Know About AP Subject Tests

Monday, November 23, 2020
An Overview for Students Who Are Interested in AP Subject Tests

AP Subject Tests are likely to be a part of many students’ high school experience as students take advanced courses in order to boost their course rigor. These exams can be an excellent opportunity to demonstrate your expertise in a subject that you are passionate about and maybe even earn some college credit.

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Just Admit It: What’s Going on With Standardized Testing?

Friday, November 20, 2020
Learn What’s Happening With Standardized Testing Right Now

It’s a question on many students’ minds, particularly during an application cycle marked with uncertainty: what’s happening with standardized testing? With an increasing number of schools transitioning to test optional policies, some applicants may wonder if it is even worth it to take the SAT or ACT.

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Navigating Fall Testing in 2020

Wednesday, September 2, 2020
Female students taking tests at the universityWhat You Need to Know if Testing is on Your Radar This Fall

This fall, students may feel like they’re approaching a crossroads. While many originally planned on taking the PSAT, SAT, or ACT during their fall semester, the COVID-19 pandemic has added a layer of uncertainty to their college preparation plans. As some testing sites begin to reopen, new questions have emerged. Some students may be wondering whether they should register for a fall exam, what taking the SAT or ACT during the COVID-19 pandemic will look like, and what their options are if they decide against sitting for an exam. 

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IB vs. AP: Which Is Best for College Admissions?

Monday, August 10, 2020
University student wearing spectacles studying in library. Young african man taking notes from book while sitting in the library. Focused casual guy writing notes during homework.Learn the Key Differences Between IB vs. AP Curricula

For high school students looking to make the most of their courses, choosing between an International Baccalaureate (IB) and AP curriculum is often a top priority. While both choices are academically rigorous and can lead to college credit, there are also profound differences between the two programs. 

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New SAT to Old SAT Score Conversion Chart

Tuesday, July 21, 2020
SAT Score Conversion ChartSAT Score Conversion Chart for New SAT, Old SAT, and ACT Scores

Want to see how your scores on the  SAT compare to ACT? The College Board has updated the concordance tables so students can see how their SAT total scores compare to composite ACT scores.

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SSAT Testing Changes for 2020-2021

Thursday, July 16, 2020

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SSAT Testing Updates to Keep on Your Radar

The SSAT is one of the most widely recognized standardized tests utilized by admissions officers to assess independent school applicants. The exam measures basic verbal, math, and reading skills and is offered in three levels: Elementary (for students in 3rd and 4th grade), Middle (for students in 5th-7th grade), and Upper (for students in 8th-11th grade). 

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ACT Superscoring: Colleges that Superscore the ACT

Thursday, June 25, 2020

What to Do the Morning of the SAT ACTHere are the Colleges that Superscore the ACT

Superscoring is the practice of considering only the highest section scores across all SAT or ACT test scores that are submitted when evaluating applications. Many schools already superscore for the SAT, but superscoring for the ACT has not always been widely practiced.

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Tips for Boosting Your TOEFL Score

Monday, June 15, 2020
Tips for Boosting Your TOEFL ScoreHere’s What Students Need to Do to Reach Their Goal TOEFL Score

By Joey, IvyWise Tutor

For many international students, taking the TOEFL exam is one of many steps on their radar for the US college admissions process. Many colleges do require TOEFL scores as part of their international application review process, so it’s important to do your research and see what the policy is at every school on your best-fit list.

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Why SAT and ACT Scores Still Matter as Test-Optional Choices Rise

Tuesday, May 12, 2020

Despite an Increase in Test-Optional Choices, Consider Taking the SAT and ACT

Most high school juniors have many questions running through their minds, as the upcoming college admissions cycle will be unlike any other. Amongst other changes, an increasing number of schools are shifting to test-optional admissions policies in response to the cancellation of spring SAT and ACT examinations

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Tips for 2020 Online AP Exams

Thursday, April 30, 2020

AdobeStock_330645213Feel Confident About Your Exams This Spring

As schools transition to remote learning, the College Board has announced that the AP exams will be offered online for the first time ever in 2020.

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IvyWise Live Q&A: Coronavirus and College Admissions

Friday, April 10, 2020

ivywise live counsellorsJoin Our Facebook Live Webinars April 15 & 17 to Learn More About How To Prep for College Admissions Process This Fall

Tune in to IvyWise Live on our Facebook page next week, where College Admissions Experts Christine, Scott, Nat, Zach, and Rachel will discuss how students can prepare for the college admissions process this fall and answer your most pressing college prep questions.

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How to Tackle College Prep Over the Holidays

Wednesday, December 18, 2019

AdobeStock_175087840How to Have Fun Over the Holidays While Staying Focused

With the holidays just days away, it’s all too easy for students to check out and go on vacation-mode. While there is nothing wrong with taking some time off to recharge, students who are preparing for the college admissions process need to stay mindful and motivated throughout the season.

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Understanding Your Junior Year PSAT Score

Monday, December 9, 2019

What is a Good PSAT ScorePut Your PSAT Score into Context to Decide What Steps to Take Next

After studying for the exam, learning about the PSAT’s structure, and finally taking the exam, many students anxiously await their test scores. However, once the results are in, it can be challenging to put them into context and understand exactly what a given score means.

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How to Set Test Prep Goals for 2020

Wednesday, December 4, 2019

Get a Head Start on Planning for the New Year

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With the new year right around the corner, now’s the time to start thinking about your test prep goals for 2020. Whether you’re a freshman who is just beginning to think about college, a sophomore gearing up to start test prep, or a junior who is already in the thick of it, there are concrete steps that you can take in 2020 to get closer to achieving your test prep goals.

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Tips to Prepare for the December SAT

Wednesday, November 6, 2019

6 Items Rising Seniors Can Check Off Of Their To-Do ListsHere’s What Students Need to Do to Prepare for the SAT This December

The December SAT is a month away, and whether it’s your first time taking the SAT or you’re looking to improve your score, there’s a lot that you can do in the month leading up to the exam in order to reach your goal score.

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Top 6 Tips for the PSAT: How to Do Well on the PSAT

Wednesday, September 25, 2019
Last Minute PSAT TipsFeel Confident on Test Day By Brushing Up on These Important Pointers

Oftentimes, the PSAT is a student’s first experience with a standardized test for college, and for many, it can provide valuable insight into their academic strengths and weaknesses. The PSAT is also the qualifying test for the National Merit Scholarship Program, which awards college scholarship money to top test-takers.

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How to Prep for the PSAT

Wednesday, September 4, 2019

AdobeStock_114530149Learn What to Expect During the PSAT Exam

Many high school juniors are gearing up for the PSAT this fall. Oftentimes, this is a student’s first experience with a standardized test for college and for many, it can provide valuable insight into their academic strengths and weaknesses. The PSAT is also the qualifying test for the National Merit Scholarship Program, which awards college scholarship money to top test takers.

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Colleges That Don’t Honor Score Choice

Monday, August 26, 2019

AdobeStock_146574132Learn How Score Choice Works and Which Schools Honor It

For high school students navigating the college application process, the back-to-school season is about a lot more than starting new classes. In addition to coursework, many students are preparing all of the components of their college applications, including submitting test scores.

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What’s Covered on the PSAT Reading and Writing Test?

Wednesday, August 14, 2019

What's On the PSAT ReadingWritingLearn What to Study In Order to Feel Prepared for the PSAT

For many students, the PSAT is one of the first major standardized tests of their high school career. The assessment is designed to help students gauge what they’ve learned thus far and their readiness to succeed in college. In addition to taking challenging academic courses and staying on top of assignments, it can be beneficial to learn more about the PSAT exam so you know what to expect and how to study.

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What’s Covered on the PSAT Math Test?

Monday, August 12, 2019
What to Study for the PSAT MathEvery Math Component Students Need to Review Before the PSAT

With the PSAT just around the corner, now is the time to hone your mathematical skills so you are up-to-date on what’s being asked on the exam. Whether you consider yourself a numbers person or not, it’s a good idea to go into the exam with these top PSAT tips.

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5 Scary Grammar Rules to Watch Out for on the SAT or ACT

Friday, July 12, 2019

Scary Grammar RulesWatch Out for These Tricky Grammar Rules When Taking the SAT or ACT

When it comes to editing, taking a moment to reflect on how something sounds can help you troubleshoot some common errors. Unfortunately, not every grammar question can be solved simply by sounding it out; there are some sentences that may sound “right”, but fall short when it comes to proper grammar.

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Understanding AP Exam Scores

Friday, July 5, 2019

Understanding AP Exam ScoresHere’s What Each AP Score Means

By Seamus, IvyWise Master Tutor

The first AP Exam scores are available today, and will continue to be released over the next few days. This is an exciting time for students who are eager to learn their results, but what exactly do these scores mean?

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5 Tips to Make Test Prep More Fun

Friday, May 31, 2019

5 Tips to Make Test Prep More FunStudying for the SAT and ACT Can Be a Lot More Enjoyable with These Pointers

For many students, the premise of passing up movie nights and weekends with friends for practice tests and study sessions is far from appealing. While test preparation will probably never become anyone’s go-to leisure activity, there are ways to make studying for the SAT or ACT more enjoyable.

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What’s on the SAT?

Monday, May 20, 2019

What's on the SATLearn About Every Kind of Question You Can Expect on the SAT

Performing well on standardized tests is about so much more than thinking quickly and bubbling in the answers. In order to really excel on exams, it is important to have a thorough understanding of exactly what the test will cover and review accordingly.

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Testing Accommodations for the SAT and ACT

Wednesday, May 15, 2019

Testing AccommodationsLearn What Kind of Accommodations Are Available for the SAT & ACT

The SAT and ACT can feel overwhelming for any test taker, but for students with learning differences or disabilities there can be an additional piece to the testing puzzle: obtaining appropriate accommodations in order to have the best chance of reaching their goal score on test day.

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What’s on the ACT?

Friday, May 3, 2019

SAT and ACT DiagnosticsHere’s What Students Can Expect on the ACT

Before deciding whether to take the SAT or ACT, it’s important to understand each exam’s content, format, and timing. Here we’re going to take a look at the ACT in order to help students become more familiar with this college entrance exam.

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What We Learned From the 2018 AP Exam Results

Wednesday, April 17, 2019

AdobeStock_176331609The College Board’s Newest Data Gives New Insight into Who’s Taking AP Exams

The results are in and it’s clear that AP testing in the US is on the rise! The College Board’s recently released data on 2018 AP Exams indicates that more students are taking AP exams and achieving successful scores.

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What You Need to Know About APUSH and AP World Exams

Friday, April 12, 2019

What to Know About APUSH and AP WorldWhat to Know About the Different Standardized History Exams

AP exams are administered during the first two weeks of May, so now is the perfect time to review the exams and learn more about what you can expect. Students who are interested in history may wish to consider taking both the AP US History (APUSH) and AP World exam, but it’s important to understand how the tests differ in order to prepare strategically.

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