Category: Test Prep

Coronavirus Cancellations: Admissions Testing and College Updates

By IvyWise on Wednesday, May 13, 2020

Coronavirus cancellationsThe Latest on How Colleges and Universities in the US are Responding to the Coronavirus  

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, admitted student weekends, and admissions tests.

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

By IvyWise on 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

By IvyWise on 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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Colleges Going Test-Optional for 2020-21 Admissions Cycle

By IvyWise on Wednesday, April 22, 2020

2020-21 test optional schoolsStay in the Know on Recent Additions to the Test-Optional School List

Between school closures and virtual campus tours, COVID-19 continues to have a profound impact on the college admissions process. In light of recent cancellations for many spring ACT and SAT exams, a number of colleges have decided to shift to a test-optional admissions process for the following year.

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COVID-19 and Admissions Exams: Test Prep Tips in Uncertain Times

By IvyWise on Monday, April 20, 2020

AdobeStock_325307851Here’s What to Expect and How to Plan for the SAT and ACT This Summer and Fall

By Joey, IvyWise Master Tutor

With new developments and updates about COVID-19 unfolding everyday, high school juniors around the country have one question on their minds: “How will this affect my college applications this fall?” While an important query, this sustained uncertainty can raise stress levels in ways that are both unhealthy and unproductive for testing and academic goals.

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IvyWise Live Q&A: Coronavirus and College Admissions

By IvyWise on 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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What are Your Goals for 2020?

By IvyWise on Friday, December 27, 2019

AdobeStock_307906725Our Suggestions for Academic Resolutions for 2020

With the New Year right around the corner, now is the perfect time to reflect on your academic progress and set goals for 2020. Whether you’re prioritizing test preparation or hoping to boost your grades, every student can benefit from setting resolutions that relate to their academic journey.

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College Prep Over the Holidays: How to De-stress but Stay on Track

By IvyWise on Wednesday, December 18, 2019

AdobeStock_175087840How to Have Fun While Staying Focused

With the holiday break 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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How to Set Test Prep Goals for 2020

By IvyWise on 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

By IvyWise on 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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How to Prep for the PSAT

By IvyWise on 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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What’s Covered on the PSAT Math Test?

By IvyWise on 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 review what the PSAT will test, so you know how to study.

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5 Tips to Make Test Prep More Fun

By IvyWise on 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?

By IvyWise on 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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What’s on the ACT?

By IvyWise on 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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4 Tips for International Students Looking To Maximize SAT/ACT Scores

By IvyWise on Wednesday, April 3, 2019

International Study TipsStarting Early and Working Smart Can Help International Students Get Ahead on Standardized Tests

By Richard, IvyWise Master Tutor

When it comes to getting a great score on the ACT or SAT, the process of preparing and studying for the exam can seem quite complicated, especially if students are applying from abroad and aren’t familiar with the test. Instead of stressing out, know it can be done—as long as students learn about the exam and create a testing strategy.

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Test Prep 101: What You Need to Know About the Digital LSAT

By IvyWise on Monday, March 25, 2019

What You Need to Know About the Digital LSATThe LSAT Will Start Rolling Out Computer-Based Testing This Summer

This past October, the Law School Admission Council (LSAC) announced the launch of computer-based testing for the North America administrations Law School Admission Test (LSAT). Beginning in July of 2019, the LSAT will be a hybrid of paper and computer-based testing, utilizing a tablet, and will transition to a full digital examination in September. For students looking to complete their LSAT examinations via paper and pencil, the June 2019 test date will be your last guaranteed opportunity to take the examination on paper.

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Set Yourself Up for Success: What to Do The Morning of the SAT and ACT

By IvyWise on Monday, March 4, 2019

What to Do the Morning of the SAT ACTThese Morning Tips Will Help You Feel Confident on Test Day

No matter how much test preparation and studying you have done, it’s normal to feel a little nervous on the morning of an important exam like the SAT or ACT. While a full-proof morning routine might not eliminate this anxiety, it will certainly help boost your confidence on test day.

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4 Easy to Overlook Tips for the ACT and SAT

By IvyWise on Monday, February 25, 2019

2018 act redbook reviewAn Expert Tutor Breaks Down 4 ACT and SAT Tips That Many Students Overlook

By Richard, IvyWise Master Tutor

The college prep process can often be complicated, and the complexities of this journey can make it easy to overlook a few key tips that have a great record of helping students raise their ACT and SAT scores and pave the way toward long-term success.

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SAT Subject Test FAQs

By IvyWise on Wednesday, February 20, 2019

SAT Subject Test FAQsHere’s What Students Need to Know About SAT Subject Tests

The spring semester is a big testing time for college-bound high school students, with many opting to take SAT Subject Tests in addition to the SAT or ACT.

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