May 18 2016
Recently I gave a workshop for 9th and 10th grade families titled, “Demystifying Standardized Tests.” We discussed the different testing options (ACT, SAT, and Subject Tests), which tests to take, and how colleges evaluate the scores.
But the biggest discussion point centered on when students should start preparing for these tests. I was glad to hear […]
Feb 16 2016
Many of us in the college counseling field anticipated this moment.
We could predict the outcome when the College Board announced that there would be a new, revised SAT being unveiled in March of 2016. From the moment it was announced, my students began to worry, especially those in the Class of 2017 who would […]
Nov 24 2015
When one of my 10th graders came into my office last month and told me she spent her summer vacation studying to take the SATs, I was flabbergasted. The summer after my freshman year of high school, I was still being a kid. Now, our teens are scrambling to take a test that will become […]
Nov 02 2015
Listen to Sara’s insights on SAT prep on 610AM in Philadelphia. Learn when the new SATs are coming out, what your choices are, what the differences are between the new SAT and the old SAT and more!
“The trick is not to take these tests too many times….colleges don’t like to see a student taking them […]
Jun 03 2015
Recently at work, I have been inundated with questions surrounding standardized tests:
“Do I need to take Advanced Placement exams even if our school doesn’t offer Advanced Placement courses?”
“Should I take the SAT even though I’ve already taken the ACT?”
“Do I need to take Subject Tests just as I’m trying to study for final […]
May 19 2015
I recently read this interesting Letter to the Editor in the Boston Globe from the perspective of an SAT tutor and college instructor and it got me thinking…
I remember the exact moment when I realized that the biggest intellectual surprises and accomplishments in college sometimes come from students who did rather modestly on standardized tests but […]
May 03 2015
Prom is around the corner, awards banquets are in sight, and yearbook signings await. As if final exams aren’t enough, our students are faced with a dizzying number of standardized testing options. Before signing up for anything, here’s what you need to know.
Juniors, one of the most important things you can do this Spring is […]