Penn Launches Online Course on Navigating College Admissions Process

(Penn News) By Jill DiSanto — Starting in February, the Admissions Office at the University of Pennsylvania, in a partnership with Steppingstone Scholars Inc., is launching a free online learning initiative aimed at increasing access to college. The massive open online course, “How to Apply to College,” will be offered via the Coursera platform. “This course,” said Penn Provost […]

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The Condition of STEM 2016 | ACT Inc.

Key Findings from the National Condition of STEM 2016 Report  • Students with an interest in STEM continue to show higher levels of college readiness than ACT-tested students as a whole.  • Approximately half of ACT-tested US graduates in the class of 2016 have expressed interest in STEM majors and careers. The level of interest […]

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ACT report bashes test-optional policy

(The Ithacan) By Staff Writers — A report released by the ACT program in late September asserted that test-optional admission policies at colleges and universities are not beneficial. However, Ithaca College administrators, faculty and students said test-optional policies at the college have been worthwhile. The report released by the ACT in September found that test-optional policies do […]

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History of Test Prep: ACT Offers First Accommodations for English-Language Learners

(Education Week)– ACT Inc., announced Monday that it will provide, for the first time, accommodations for English-learners who take its college-entrance exam. The options will become available in the fall of 2017. Students will have to apply for them through their school counselor’s office. The accommodations announced Monday include: More time on the test: up to […]

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Can a free SAT prep class ever be as good as pricey in-person ones?

(The Washington Post) By Natalie Gross–  When Nathan Bernard took the PSAT his freshman and sophomore years of high school, he admits, he didn’t take the test seriously. “I don’t think I brought a calculator,” the blond 17-year-old said, laughing, on a recent Sunday afternoon at his home in Alexandria, Va. Back then, Bernard was running […]

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