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Monday, February 8, 2016
Summer Activity Planning: How to Make the Most of Your Break

Summer Activity Planning: How to Make the Most of Your Break

You may be thinking that summertime is perfect for relaxing in the sun, hanging out with friends, and taking a break from school, but when it comes to college admissions, summer vacation is a crucial time for planning and working on application materials. Furthermore, summertime is an excellent opportunity to explore personal interests that can be emphasized on college applications. Here are some of IvyWise's suggestions for spending your summer vacation in a wise, productive, and fun way with some tips on how to get started!
Wednesday, February 10, 2016
Summer Bucket List For Rising Seniors

Summer Bucket List For Rising Seniors

For many rising seniors, the end of their junior year marks the beginning of the long, and often stressful, college application process. While the full Common Application and school specific supplements aren't released until August, some essay topics have already been revealed, and many students are taking the initiative to begin working on their application essays even before summer kicks off. While it's a great idea to get started as early as possible, there's much more than just essay brainstorming to complete the summer before senior year.
Friday, February 5, 2016
Summer College Prep Checklist for All Grades

Summer College Prep Checklist for All Grades

The school year may be coming to a close, but the college admissions process is just revving up for next semester’s high school seniors. While the summer is a good time to recharge, it’s also a great time to get on track for the college admissions process, no matter what grade you’re in. When it comes to college preparation, the earlier families start, the better.
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?
Thursday, February 27, 2020
Gamify Your SAT Subject Test Prep

Gamify Your SAT Subject Test Prep

A portion of this resource addresses SAT Subject Tests. In January 2021, the College Board announced that both SAT Subject Tests and the optional essay portion of the current SAT exam would be discontinued. For more information on how this impacts college admissions, click here.
Thursday, February 27, 2020
COVID-19 and College Admissions: How College Admissions Will Be Affected

COVID-19 and College Admissions: How College Admissions Will Be Affected

IvyWise counselors Christine, Nat, and Eric discuss how the coronavirus pandemic is impacting higher ed and how the Class of 2021 can navigate the altered application cycle this semester on the college admissions podcast, giving listeners expert insight from former admissions officers. Listen Now! Information and responses to the coronavirus outbreak are continuing to evolve, and high schools, colleges, and universities across the country are working tirelessly to keep students both in the US and abroad informed on what everything means for students moving forward.
Monday, February 3, 2020
Medical School Admissions Tips

Medical School Admissions Tips

After navigating the undergraduate admissions process, many students might mistakenly assume that applying to medical school is more or less the same. While there are some familiar components, such as essays and standardized testing scores, the medical school admissions process is unique and requires considerable planning in order to gain admission to your top-choice medical schools. There are many steps on the road to becoming a doctor and gaining admission to a medical school that aligns with your goals is a major piece of the puzzle.
Monday, February 3, 2020
How to Prepare for the GRE

How to Prepare for the GRE

Just as in undergraduate admissions, the graduate admissions process often requires standardized testing as part of the application process. Whether you are a current college student considering your postgraduate options, or a professional looking to advance in your current field or make a career change, studying for the GRE is an important way to prepare your strongest application to graduate school. Pursuing a graduate degree is a worthy endeavor that will broaden your academic and professional horizons.
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.
Thursday, March 30, 2017
Test Prep 101: Preparing for AP Exams

Test Prep 101: Preparing for AP Exams

With spring comes long-awaited admission decisions, but it also brings along AP exam season – and students should be preparing now for these long and intensive exams. AP exams are a major event for college bound students, as performance can impact their grades and how colleges evaluate their transcript when considering students for admission during their senior year. Some colleges can also award some class credit based on students’ scores, so it’s possible to get a head start on your college education if you do well.
Wednesday, July 26, 2017
Test Prep 101: SAT vs. ACT Essays

Test Prep 101: SAT vs. ACT Essays

When preparing for the SAT or ACT it’s important to understand all the nuances of each exam, including the sections, content, question types, and more. Even though the essay is optional on both exams, many colleges still require an SAT or ACT essay or writing score in order to be considered for admission. Before preparing for the SAT or ACT essay, make sure you know what to expect on each.
Thursday, April 25, 2019
Test Prep 101: Tips for the TOEFL

Test Prep 101: Tips for the TOEFL

For some international students applying to US universities, the SAT or ACT might not be the only test scores required as part of their application. Some colleges and universities might require international applicants to submit TOEFL scores, too. The TOEFL exam stands for “Test of English as a Foreign Language” and it is precisely that.
Wednesday, March 27, 2019
Why Students Should Align AP Exam and SAT Prep

Why Students Should Align AP Exam and SAT Prep

A portion of this resource addresses SAT Subject Tests. In January 2021, the College Board announced that both SAT Subject Tests and the optional essay portion of the current SAT exam would be discontinued. For more information on how this impacts college admissions, click here.
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 in order 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.
Monday, August 1, 2016
Test Prep Tips for International Students

Test Prep Tips for International Students

IvyWise KnowledgeBase IvyWise Newsletter Applying to US universities as an international student can be a daunting process, and the pressure surrounding college entrance exams like the SAT and ACT can cause additional anxiety. As an international applicant the stakes are high, with some of the US’s most elite colleges posting extremely low international admission rates. Test scores, while not enough to gain admission alone, are critical pieces of the college application process, and international applicants need to understand how to make the most of their test prep.
Tuesday, October 4, 2016
Test Prep Tips for the Redesigned SAT

Test Prep Tips for the Redesigned SAT

It’s test prep season for high school juniors, and many will start preparing for the SAT or ACT this fall in anticipation of spring exam administrations. This year saw a lot of changes to the SAT, and for students just becoming familiar with the new exam there are a number of test prep tips to keep in mind that are very different from strategies promoted for the old test. For those just beginning to consider test preparation, it’s important to remember that a perfect SAT or ACT score alone won’t gain admission to a top-choice college, but great scores are necessary in order to be competitive in the highly-selective college admissions process.
Friday, February 5, 2016
Testing Guide for International Students

Testing Guide for International Students

For international students preparing to apply to US universities there’s a lot to consider – from the holistic admissions process, to other things like visa requirements and tuition costs – but one thing that many students overseas recognize the importance of is college entrance exams, specifically the SAT. However, this isn’t the only test that international students need to consider when applying to US universities. While college entrance exams such as the SAT or ACT are required for all applicants at many US colleges and universities, there can be additional tests that are either required or suggested, and some of these apply specifically to international applicants.
Tuesday, February 9, 2016
Testing the Test: SAT vs. ACT

Testing the Test: SAT vs. ACT

While the concept can be intimidating, standardized testing doesn’t have to be an ordeal. As a student, you have a variety of options. Though the SAT has traditionally been the most widely-used test, students are no longer required to take it.
Friday, February 5, 2016
The Benefits of Test Prep: Getting Into Your Top-Choice College

The Benefits of Test Prep: Getting Into Your Top-Choice College

With many students juggling schoolwork, extracurricular activities, and other commitments, it’s easy for some to put off the SAT or ACT and hope for a good score the first time around. However, just like with college applications, there’s a lot of preparation and planning that should go into standardized testing. Test prep is a critical piece of the college admissions puzzle, as it can greatly increase students’ chances of acceptance to their top-choice colleges.
Friday, February 5, 2016
The Perfect Score Project: A Counselor’s Review

The Perfect Score Project: A Counselor’s Review

By Meg, IvyWise Premier College Counselor People of all ages and backgrounds love to complain about the SAT. The New York Times Magazine recently published an article by Todd Balf about the College Board's recent announcement that they plan to overhaul the test. The article begins: The SAT Is Hated By: A) Stressed-out students B) Frustrated Educators C) Hamstrung Admissions Officers D) Anxious Parents E) All of the Above You know the answer.
Friday, February 5, 2016
Tips for Chinese Students Applying to US Universities

Tips for Chinese Students Applying to US Universities

In recent years, there has been a steady growth of Chinese students enrolling in US universities and colleges, with nearly 300,000 coming to the US for the 2013-14 academic year.Although this is a fairly small number compared to the nine million university students studying in China, the country has also seen a steady decrease in students who sit for its national college entrance exam, the Gaokao. This indicates that international education is unquestionably on the rise.
Thursday, May 23, 2019
Tips for Taking a Computer-Based Test

Tips for Taking a Computer-Based Test

If you’re looking to apply to graduate school or live outside the US and want to take the ACT, you might soon be faced with a computer-based standardized test. Computer-based testing (CBT) is increasingly the norm, as test-makers feel they can be delivered and administered more securely, with the trend moving towards exams entirely unique to individual test-takers. Happily, CBT means more choices and tools for you as you leave the messy world of misbubbled Scantrons behind!
Friday, February 5, 2016
Tips to Ace the SAT and ACT: Develop an Effective Test-Taking Strategy

Tips to Ace the SAT and ACT: Develop an Effective Test-Taking Strategy

Even as a growing number of colleges in the US are becoming test-optional, in most cases, SAT and ACT scores are necessary in order to be competitive in the college admissions process. While a perfect standardized test score isn’t a ticket to a best-fit college, it is one of the many components that admissions officers consider, so it’s in a student’s best interest to perform well. In order to have a competitive SAT or ACT score, preparation and planning is necessary.
Monday, February 8, 2016
Tips to Prepare for AP Exams

Tips to Prepare for AP Exams

AP exams take place in May each year, and students must prepare and organize a school year's worth of material into a manageable study schedule before the exams. Doing well in an AP course may raise a student's GPA, and by earning a 4 or 5 on an exam, students can even receive college course credit before stepping foot on a college campus. Students can take AP courses and exams on a variety of subjects, including Calculus AB and BC, biology, and world history.
Friday, January 29, 2016
Top 5 Tasks That Juniors Need to Do Now

Top 5 Tasks That Juniors Need to Do Now

Most students wait until the summer after their Junior year to study and cram for the SAT/ACT. As a result, once you get your scores in October, you only have one or two more opportunities to re-take the exams to improve scores. Give yourself more time to improve by taking the tests early in the spring semester.
Wednesday, November 23, 2016
Top Study Tips for Final Exams

Top Study Tips for Final Exams

Grades are the most important application component that colleges consider, and final exams can have a big impact on your overall course grade for the semester. Don’t wait until the last minute to start studying for finals. Studying is never fun, but it’s necessary in order to build upon your current knowledge and perform well inside of the classroom – which is essential to eventually gaining admission to your top-choice colleges.
Tuesday, May 30, 2017
True or False? 5 Test Prep Myths Debunked By an Expert Tutor

True or False? 5 Test Prep Myths Debunked By an Expert Tutor

For many students, mystery can surround the ACT and SAT, with rumors and misinformation circulating as students prepare to take these important college entrance exams. It’s important for students to inform themselves on the content of each test, and to not buy into the hype about which test is “better” and other common myths. The truth is, there’s no test that’s more valuable or more likely, on its own, to get you admitted to your dream college.
Thursday, October 26, 2017
What To Consider When Retaking the ACT or SAT

What To Consider When Retaking the ACT or SAT

As we head into late fall, juniors may be taking the ACT or SAT for the first time, but many seniors will be taking these college entrance exams for the second, or even third, time. It’s important to keep in mind that regardless of where you are in test preparation, it is a  – one that involves, for most students, taking the test more than once. It’s critical for students to not only prepare for their first sitting of the ACT or SAT, but also any retakes.
Thursday, February 4, 2016
What Families Need to Know About Test-Optional Colleges and Admissions

What Families Need to Know About Test-Optional Colleges and Admissions

The test-optional movement has been growing for years now, with approximately 1,350 colleges and universities in the US adopting some form of a test-optional or test-flexible policy. Due to the limited testing opportunities for the high school class of 2021, many schools shifted to test-optional admissions last year and some of these colleges are extending their policies for several years. In fact, 55% of all bachelor-degree granting schools in the U.
Friday, January 29, 2016
Withstanding the Time of Tests

Withstanding the Time of Tests

Compiled by Katherine Cohen, Ph.D., CEO & Founder and the team of counselors at IvyWise It's spring, which means testing season is in full swing.
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