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SAT vs. ACT: Which Exam Is “Better?”

By IvyWise on Wed, Aug 08, 2018 @ 01:36 PM

Many Families Believe Colleges Prefer One Exam Over Another

A common question that families consider when their college-bound students are preparing for the SAT or ACT is “which test is better?” Or “are the ACT and SAT considered equally in the application review process?” There’s been a long-held myth that one test is favored over the other, however, that’s simply not the case.

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What Is Test-Optional Admissions?

By IvyWise on Thu, Jun 21, 2018 @ 01:08 PM

Here's What Test-Optional Means For College-Bound Students

Last week, the University of Chicago announced that it will no longer require SAT or ACT scores for undergraduate applicants from the US. UChicago is one the of the first major research universities to announce a test-optional policy, but test-optional and test-flexible admissions have been around for a long time. What exactly does it mean and how does it affect applicants?

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SAT vs. ACT: Taking Accommodations Into Consideration When Beginning Your Test Prep

By IvyWise on Wed, Apr 18, 2018 @ 10:00 AM

For Students Requiring Testing Accommodations It’s Important To Consider Your Options Along With Your Test Prep Plan

According to The College Board, nearly 160,000 requests for testing accommodations were made in 2015-16. For students with learning disabilities or differences (LDs), deciding which college entrance exam – the SAT or the ACT – is the best fit for their needs can be extra challenging as they must navigate additional considerations, like applying to accommodations. While one test isn’t preferable over the other for every LD – everyone is an individual – there are some elements that make one test for preferable over another depending on students’ needs and available accommodations.

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How Can I Conquer Testing Anxiety?

By IvyWise on Wed, Apr 11, 2018 @ 10:00 AM

Testing Anxiety Can Greatly Impact Students’ Test Prep – Here’s How to Tackle It

While it’s common for students to feel nervous before an exam, there are some students who experience a heightened sense of nervous feelings known as anxiety. Too much anxiety, when in correlation to an examination, is known as “testing anxiety.” It is possible for testing anxiety to lead to testing difficulties since it can inhibit students from performing to the best of their abilities depending on how it manifests. So what can students do to minimize the impact that testing anxiety has on their test-day performance?

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Test Prep 101: SAT and ACT Diagnostics

By IvyWise on Wed, Sep 13, 2017 @ 10:20 AM

Students Should Take a Full-Length Diagnostic of Both the SAT and ACT

By Megan, IvyWise Tutoring Manager

With application season upon us, it’s time for sophomores and juniors to begin preparing for and taking standardized tests. The first step to preparing for the SAT or ACT is to decide which test is the best fit for your skills and abilities. While there are countless articles comparing the SAT and ACT and why you should take a certain exam, in reality the tests are incredibly similar. Ultimately, there is no clear sign of which test to prepare for without taking diagnostics of each exam.

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Taking the August SAT? Here’s How to Prep

By IvyWise on Wed, Jul 19, 2017 @ 12:09 PM

Test Prep Tips and Resources For Students Planning to Take the SAT in August

The registration deadline for the August SAT is fast approaching (July 28 and August 8 with late fee), so if you plan on taking the exam later this summer it’s time to get serious about your test prep. There are a number of resources that you can utilize this summer in order to prepare for the August SAT.

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Test Prep 101: Guide to the ACT English Section

By IvyWise on Wed, Jul 12, 2017 @ 11:23 AM

Here’s What Students Need to Know About the ACT English Section

By Peter, IvyWise Master Tutor

Are you preparing for the ACT this summer? Understanding the exam’s content, format, and strategies to maximize your performance on test day is important in order to make the most of your test prep and, in the end, reach your goal score.

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Test Prep 101: Guide to the SAT Essay

By IvyWise on Wed, May 10, 2017 @ 01:43 PM

Here’s What Students Need to Know About the SAT Essay Section

By Peter, IvyWise Master Tutor

Understanding test content, formatting, and changes are important when preparing for the SAT – especially the essay portion. There have been a number of changes to the SAT since the launch of the new exam in 2016, and our guide to the SAT Essay will help students better understand how to master this section should they choose to take it.

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2017 AP Exam Dates and Schedule

By IvyWise on Tue, Apr 11, 2017 @ 02:19 PM

Here's When Students Will Take AP Exams in 2017

With AP exam dates less than a month away, it's time for students to prepare for these intensive tests.

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SAT and ACT Announce Changes for 2017-18 Testing Season

By IvyWise on Thu, Feb 23, 2017 @ 12:48 PM

SAT to Limit International Test Dates, ACT Adding July Administration

Last year saw some big changes for the SAT, and now both the College Board, which administers the SAT, and the ACT have announced changes for the 2017-18 testing season, including tighter security, new test dates, and more.

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