Need more time for the ACT or SAT?

If you’ve been diagnosed with a learning disability, you may want to consider requesting special accommodations when you take the SAT or ACT. Depending on your learning disability, accommodations could include extended time to complete the test, testing over multiple days, access to an audio DVD, or a specific seating arrangement. Students with ADHD, for example, may be able to take the test with extended time in a room with fewer students. There’s no additional charge to complete an accommodated test, and because college admissions committees don’t know when tests were taken under modified circumstances, you shouldn’t hesitate to request accommodations if you need them.

International Applicants: What You Need to Know About Standardized Tests

What are the standardized testing requirements for admissions process at U.S. colleges and universities? What do you need to know about taking the SAT, ACT, TOEFL and IELTS?

Hate the SAT and ACT? Me Too, But Colleges Still Love These Tests

Perhaps the most vexing aspect of college admissions in the United States today is the use and abuse of standardized tests.  While there is no solid research to support their pivotal role in determining who is accepted and who is rejected by the nation’s colleges and universities, the fact is that they are a competitive […]

Advice on College Admission, Standardized Testing from Michelle Obama

Students at Denver’s South High School played host to First Lady Michelle Obama this past Monday.  Students asked the First Lady about standardized tests, getting into college, and her advice to them as they enter the world as adults. Here’s a snippet from the Denver Post article that reported on her visit. The Princeton University graduate, in […]

Average SAT Goes Up! and Down!

It’s always fun when two different–and reputable–publications report the same story and lead them with different headlines. The facts: the College Board reported that the average score on the SAT tests last year went down slightly. The averages were 501 for critical reading, 515 for mathematics and 493 for writing. Inside Higher Ed led this […]

SAT vs. ACT: What is the Real Difference?

You may be spending your summer studying for the dreaded standardized tests, but have you ever really considered the difference between the SAT and ACT? Have you ever stopped to think about which exam might be better for you? On the Surface: The ACT is considered to be a curriculum-based exam, meaning it is based […]

New Admissions Test to Complement SAT, ACT, GRE

The education reporter at USA Today, Mary Beth Marklein, reported yesterday on her blog that ETS has developed a new test or tool for gathering more, better, and more consistent information about applicants to college and graduate school.  The idea is to assess more qualitative aspects of an applicant’s preparedness for academic study.  The focus […]

‘Score Choice’: a Tempest in a Teapot? – Chronicle.com

The Chronicle of Higher Education has joined in the reporting on “Score Choice,” the new policy by the College Board to allow students the ability to choose which test scores are sent to college admissions offices. ‘Score Choice’: a Tempest in a Teapot? – Chronicle.com (subscription required). The article makes the following helpful points. 1.  […]

SAT, Score Choice, and the Business of Standardized Testing

Today’s edition of Inside Higher Ed presents an excellent analysis of the College Board’s new policy allowing students to select which of their SAT scores they’d like to submit to colleges. Ostensibly, this new policy is to alleviate the stress of taking the tests, and to give more power to students in the admissions process. […]