College Board Seems to Amend Its Position on the Impact of SAT Preparation

WASHINGTON (AP) — Is there a price that a worried parent wouldn’t pay to help a child do well on college admissions tests? The good news is that test preparation doesn’t have to be expensive anymore. The multimillion-dollar coaching industry is facing competition from free or low-cost alternatives in what their founders hope will make […]

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Register NOW: Test sites are in short supply for August SAT

(Admissions Intel) by Nancy Griesemer. When the College Board first announced the addition of an August test date for the SAT beginning this summer, cheers went up among those who had lobbied for adjusting the test schedule to accommodate the reality of earlier application deadlines. ACT added a September test several years ago, which turned out to be enormously popular among […]

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Grammar Moses: If you’re taking the SAT, bring a sharp pencil, a clear mind, and an Oxford comma

(Chicago Daily Herald) by Jim Bauman. Because you’re reading this, you already know that in English there is probably an exception to every rule.  And every rule is debated. Endlessly. I knew this when I waded into the tsunami that is the Great Oxford Comma Debate a few weeks ago. My position was that in […]

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Athletes, the Ivy League, and the “Academic Index.”

(Soccer Nation) by C. Schumaker. Club coaches, high school coaches, and even college coaches will all tell players that great athletic ability can help get an athlete through admissions at a college where he/she wouldn’t normally have a good chance at getting accepted. Would Michael Ohr, of The Blind Side fame, have been accepted to Ole’ Miss […]

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How the SAT and PSAT collect personal data on students — and what the College Board does with it

(The Washington Post) by Valerie Strauss.   If your child takes the SAT or PSAT, is his or her personal information being collected, profiled, licensed and sold? That is the question that Cheri Kiesecker, Colorado parent and member of the Parent Coalition for Student Privacy, asks and attempts to answer in the following important post. […]

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