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Thursday, January 25, 2024
IvyWise On-Demand: Standardized Testing in a Test-Optional Landscape

IvyWise On-Demand: Standardized Testing in a Test-Optional Landscape

Events Standardized Testing in a Test-Optional Landscape DATE AND TIME On Demand Free Watch Now ABOUT THIS EVENT The standardized testing landscape has dramatically transformed over the past few years. While the majority of colleges and universities operated under test-optional or test-blind policies for the 2023-2024 admissions cycle, some colleges, like Dartmouth and Yale, will be returning to requiring test scores for the 2024-2025 admissions cycle. On top of this, the Digital SAT is now being offered both in the U.
Wednesday, January 5, 2022
Are Test-Optional Policies Here to Stay?

Are Test-Optional Policies Here to Stay?

By Carolyn, IvyWise College Admissions Counselor As you might have heard, many colleges across the country have been adopting a test-optional application review process in the wake of the COVID-19 pandemic. If you know you will be submitting applications of your own sometime in the next few years, you might be wondering what exactly 'test-optional' means and whether or not these policies will apply to you. In this article, I will address some of these questions and consider the possible scenarios that you might encounter when your senior year rolls around.
Monday, August 31, 2020
Without Test Scores, How do Colleges Make Decisions?

Without Test Scores, How do Colleges Make Decisions?

The process of preparing for, taking, and responding to standardized test scores is a stressful and overwhelming one for students and families, and with the onset of the COVID-19 pandemic, this process has only become more stressful in recent years. One of the ways that colleges have responded to the pandemic's obstacles is to implement test-optional admissions policies to avoid disadvantaging students who have been unable to sit for an ACT or SAT. This was a sudden and drastic shift that left many students and families with questions about how it will impact their own applications.
Tuesday, February 2, 2021
How to Self-Study for AP Exams

How to Self-Study for AP Exams

In light of the recent dissolution of the SAT Subject Tests by the College Board, many students in the US and around the world are wondering how now to demonstrate their academic knowledge to universities. While stellar grades, internships, and independent research will always remain a core part of this process, we also know that some colleges still value being able to compare student achievement in standardized test settings. If you’re already enrolled in AP or IB courses at your school, good news!
Wednesday, August 28, 2019
5 Math Concepts Students Need to Master for the ACT and SAT

5 Math Concepts Students Need to Master for the ACT and SAT

The math sections of the ACT and SAT can be a challenge for many students, especially those who tend to struggle in these subject areas. However, there is good news for students who are looking to improve their math scores on these standardized tests: by mastering a few easy concepts you can be well on your way to reaching your goal scores. I have always considered the math sections of the SAT and the ACT to be completely games of skill.
Monday, December 31, 2018
ACT Formulas and Programs

ACT Formulas and Programs

Taking the ACT this fall? There are a number of formulas that students should know before sitting for the test, and many can be programmed into students’ calculators beforehand in order to save time and give students’ the best chance of completing the math section in time and to the best of their ability. There are a lot of math concepts tested on the ACT and the ACT does not provide students with any formulas on a reference sheet.
Friday, January 27, 2017
Get Your ACT Together: How to Prep for the ACT Math Section

Get Your ACT Together: How to Prep for the ACT Math Section

The ACT is an important exam and your score will be used not only for college admission purposes, but also to determine qualification for scholarships and even course placement. Your performance on the ACT Math section may be particularly important for admission into a technical school or a quantitative major. So if you choose to take the ACT, how should you prepare for the math section?
Tuesday, July 3, 2018
How Much Science Do You Need to Know for the ACT?

How Much Science Do You Need to Know for the ACT?

The science section on the ACT can make many students nervous, especially those who dislike science, and can lead those students to falsely believe they should avoid the ACT altogether. However, the key is knowing how the ACT science section operates and coming to a firm understanding that the ACT does not necessarily test the depth of your scientific knowledge, but rather analytical skills in a scientific context. In the description of the ACT Science section it’s stated that “advanced knowledge is not required.
Wednesday, August 28, 2019
How to Decide Between the ACT and SAT

How to Decide Between the ACT and SAT

If you are planning to apply to a college or university in the US, chances are you’re going to have to take either the ACT or the SAT. At IvyWise we advise students to prep for test – not both. So how do you decide which one is the best fit for you?
Friday, January 29, 2016
How to Manage Test Anxiety

How to Manage Test Anxiety

The spring semester is the testing season! Whether you're a sophomore preparing to take your first standardized test or a junior retaking the SAT or ACT to achieve your goal score, test prep and performing well is on the minds of many students this month. There is one thing that remains consistent for students of all ages, however: test anxiety.
Wednesday, June 28, 2017
How to Read Your ACT Score Report

How to Read Your ACT Score Report

The most important piece of information that students will receive after taking the ACT is their Score Report. The ACT Score Report is multi-faceted, and contains information that not only lets students know how they did, but also understand their specific and relative strengths and weaknesses to help guide their preparation for the next test sitting. So how can students and parents use this information to improve their scores in the future?
Thursday, July 19, 2018
How to Pace Yourself on the ACT and SAT

How to Pace Yourself on the ACT and SAT

The SAT and ACT are the most often used exams for college admissions in the U.S., and given that they are standardized, they must be taken under strict time constraints.
Monday, February 8, 2016
Self-Studying: What’s the Benefit and How to Do It

Self-Studying: What’s the Benefit and How to Do It

With an increasing number of new technologies and an expanding global population, self-studying is on the rise. Education is no longer confined to just the classroom, and some would argue that the classroom model is outdated and does not meet the intellectual needs of individuals in such an interconnected society.  Being an autodidact, or self-teacher, has become increasingly feasible due to MOOCs (massive open online courses), Internet encyclopedias, and more colleges and universities offering courses online.
Friday, February 5, 2016
Spring Standardized Testing: Advice for Sophomores and Juniors

Spring Standardized Testing: Advice for Sophomores and Juniors

For many high school students, spring semester means standardized test season. Like it or not, these tests are a factor for college admissions at most schools — even if they’re test optional. While a perfect score alone won’t get you into your dream college, it is important to do well on these tests to have the greatest chance of admission.
Friday, February 5, 2016
Starting Second Semester off Right: Tips for a Successful Spring Term

Starting Second Semester off Right: Tips for a Successful Spring Term

While it can be tempting to simply count down the days until summer break, spring semester is a prime time for high school underclassmen to prepare for the college admissions process, and for college-bound seniors to close out the year on a high note. Believe it or not, seniors, you are not off the hook just yet! Here are some tips for high school students to ensure a productive and successful spring semester.
Thursday, March 26, 2020
The Benefits of Virtual Tutoring and Test Prep

The Benefits of Virtual Tutoring and Test Prep

Online instruction has been growing in popularity over the years because it can connect people from all over the world – and right now it’s necessary as students continue their studies after school closures due to the current coronavirus pandemic. As students connect to instructors online, the demand for virtual tutoring and test prep is growing. But is it effective?
Tuesday, September 3, 2019
Test Prep 101: Reading Comprehension Questions

Test Prep 101: Reading Comprehension Questions

In my last article, I discussed a process for how to effectively and efficiently read through the Reading Comprehension passages on the SAT and ACT. Now, we’re going to take a look at how students should approach answering the actual questions within these sections. Always remember this: Reading Comprehension is ultimately an open-book test.
Tuesday, September 3, 2019
Mastering SAT and ACT Reading Comprehension Passages

Mastering SAT and ACT Reading Comprehension Passages

Every year, another group of students prepares for a fresh cycle of test prep, each with their own set of strengths and weaknesses. One of the most difficult (and time consuming) parts of the SAT and ACT is getting through the reading comprehension passages efficiently and effectively. I’m here to give you some tips on how to conquer the reading passages on the SAT and ACT.
Tuesday, May 3, 2016
Summer Test Prep Checklist for Rising Juniors and Seniors

Summer Test Prep Checklist for Rising Juniors and Seniors

The summer is an important time for college prep, and students should be spending it wisely. Spending your summer solely preparing for the ACT or SAT is not impactful in terms of strengthening your application, but interspersing some test prep in between your regular summer activities can go a long way toward helping you reach your goal score. For students taking a challenging course load, the school year doesn’t offer many opportunities to squeeze in additional test prep.
Wednesday, February 28, 2018
How to Overcome Difficult SAT and ACT Math Questions

How to Overcome Difficult SAT and ACT Math Questions

The SAT and ACT Math sections can be intimidating for many students – even those who do very well in their high school mathematics classes. However, the reality is that both the SAT and ACT test math concepts that high school juniors have typically already covered in their high school math courses. So, in some cases, it’s not the material that students struggle with, but how the questions are presented on the exams – which differs greatly from what is traditionally tested on high school math exams.
Tuesday, January 3, 2017
Test Prep Checklist for Sophomores and Juniors

Test Prep Checklist for Sophomores and Juniors

If you’re not already preparing for the SAT or ACT, now’s the time to get started! The spring semester is a popular testing time, and high school sophomores and juniors need to have a plan to prepare for these important college admission exams. An excellent SAT or ACT score is not a guarantee of admission, but it can be the difference between the “maybe” and the “no” pile when admissions officers are reviewing applications.
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