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The PSAT/National Merit test: What you should know

What you should know about the PSAT if you have a high school student.

By Valerie Strauss  | October 14, 2010; 9:30 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (1)
Categories:  College Admissions, SAT and ACT, Standardized Tests  | Tags:  National Merit, National Merit scholarships, PSAT, PSAT prep, Princeton Review, SAT prep, college admissions, college scholarships, scholarships, test prep  
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College Board vs. FairTest

The College Board takes issue with a post by FairTest's Bob Schaeffer about how the ACT caught up with the ACT. And Schaeffer answers back.

By Valerie Strauss  | September 22, 2010; 1:00 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (14)
Categories:  College Admissions, SAT and ACT, Standardized Tests  | Tags:  college admissions  
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How the ACT caught up with the SAT

For more than 80 years, the SAT has been the nation’s dominant, standardized college admissions exam. This year – for the first time – as many students in the high school class of 2010 sat for the rival ACT as took the SAT. How did it happen?

By Valerie Strauss  | September 17, 2010; 6:00 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (5)
Categories:  Guest Bloggers, SAT and ACT, Standardized Tests  | Tags:  act, college admissions, crossing the finish line, fairtest, sat, sat act, sat or act, sat vs. act, standardized tests, test-optional colleges, test-optional schools, writing section act, writing section sat  
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Stop timing the ACT and SAT

It's way past time for the College Board and the ACT Inc. to stop timing their exams. Kids should be able to take as much time -- or as little -- on the test as they want.

By Valerie Strauss  | June 12, 2010; 11:15 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (9)
Categories:  College Admissions, SAT and ACT, Standardized Tests  | Tags:  act, college admissions tests, college board and extended time, extended time on act, extended time on sat, fairtest and sat, how long is the act?, how long is the sat?, how to get extended time, howard gardner and sat, sat, sat and act, time limits on act, time limits on sat, timing the sat, which test is longer  
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Do colleges superscore ACT and SAT equally?

With tens of thousands of rising high school seniors getting ready to take the ACT on Saturday, it’s a good time to review the issue of superscoring college admissions tests. How does it work?

By Valerie Strauss  | June 9, 2010; 10:00 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (4)
Categories:  College Admissions, SAT and ACT  | Tags:  college admissions, college admissions tests, college application process, sat and act, superscoring, superscoring act, superscoring sat  
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The D.C. area: Obsessed with SAT scores

If you have any doubt just how obsessed folks in the greater Washington D.C. area are with getting their children into college, you need look no further than the Washington Post’s list of best-selling books.

By Valerie Strauss  | April 26, 2010; 10:05 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (3)
Categories:  College Admissions, SAT and ACT  | Tags:  SAT, college admissions, college board, official sat study guide, sat test advice, tips on taking the sat  
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Older Entries in This Category »

When kids cheat on SAT, ACT , Valerie Strauss , March 25, 2010
Any merit to National Merit program?, Valerie Strauss , February 8, 2010
Saturday’s ACT exam rescheduled in storm areas, Valerie Strauss , February 5, 2010
SPOTLIGHT: The Man Who Takes SAT Tests for a Living, Valerie Strauss , September 9, 2009
 
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