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Test Optional Colleges

By IvyWise on Mon, Mar 11, 2013 @ 04:47 PM

Some Students Opt Out of Standardized Tests When Applying to Colleges

Standardized testing is one part of the admissions preparation process that students find to be particularly daunting. The SAT and ACT require a considerable amount of preparation time, and while a goal score is achievable through tutoring, practice tests, and a well crafted test strategy, some students find these exams wear heavily on their minds.  

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Last Minute ACT/SAT Test Prep Tips

By IvyWise on Fri, Oct 26, 2012 @ 04:09 PM

Test Prep Tips the Day Before and On Test Day!

The ACT is tomorrow! For those of you who have your pencils sharpened and ready to go for Saturday morning, here are a few last minute tips to help you make sure you’re 100% ready for test day!

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Staying Up Late to Study Hurts Students More Than It Helps

By IvyWise on Wed, Sep 05, 2012 @ 05:41 PM

Losing Z's to Get A's is Not The Most Effective Way to Study

School is back in session! And the new school year is kicking off with the first ACT testing of the fall this Saturday, Sept. 8. 

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Test Prep: AP Exams

By Sarah Shanahan on Tue, May 01, 2012 @ 10:37 AM

What's Your "AP"titude? – Part 2

It's May, and starting next week, high school students around the world will embark on two weeks of AP Exams. Recently, we explained what an AP Exam is and who can and should take an AP Exam. Today, our expert counselors explain when and why students should take an AP Exam.

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Test Prep: AP Exams

By Sarah Shanahan on Fri, Apr 27, 2012 @ 12:08 PM

What's Your "AP"titude?

Many high school students fret over standardized testing (“Which test will 'look' better?” “How many times should I take a particular test and when should I take them?”). But with so much focus on the SAT, ACT, and SAT Subject Tests, some students may overlook Advanced Placement (AP) exams. As AP exams often follow an AP course, they give a concrete test score while also showing a college admissions committee that a student is capable of taking college-level coursework. Don’t let the AP exams stress you out! The expert counselors at IvyWise are here to explain all you need to know about the APs so you can walk into the exam room with confidence.

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College Admissions: Score Choice & Test Optional

By Sarah Shanahan on Tue, Apr 10, 2012 @ 12:40 PM

Score Choice & Test Optional

Classroom ability doesn’t necessarily correlate into standardized testing success. When it comes to standardized tests, the more you practice, the more comfortable you will be with the test, and the higher score you will achieve. That said, our counselors advise that students take the SAT or ACT no more than three times. Students’ scores tend to plateau after the third time and subsequent attempts may look desperate to an admissions committee. For students who struggle with standardized testing, or whose test scores don't accurately reflect their academic effort and ability, there are a few options.

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College Admissions Apps: Test Prep

By Sarah Shanahan on Tue, Mar 27, 2012 @ 01:47 PM

College Admissions? "There's an app for that"

Test Prep Standardized tests can be coached and the best way to prepare is with in-depth, sustained tutoring over a long period of time. IvyWise tutors can customize a curriculum to help you reach your goals. Our tutors build students' confidence while helping them develop effective learning skills, strategies, and techniques. Additionally, you might want to try the following apps to help you log additional practice time in between sessions with your tutor and while you are out and about.

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Standardized Tests - ACT vs SAT

By Sarah Shanahan on Fri, Sep 09, 2011 @ 10:53 AM

The Best Test: ACT vs SAT

Today is the registration deadline for the October 1st SAT, and tomorrow's ACT marks the first standardized test of the 2011-2012 academic year. While the concept can be intimidating, standardized testing doesn’t have to be an ordeal. As of 2007, every four-year college that accepts the SAT also accepts the ACT. Determining which test is best for you (based on format, timing, and content) is an important step in ensuring testing success. At IvyWise, we recommend taking one practice SAT and one practice ACT test under realistic testing conditions, scoring both tests, and comparing initial scores. Once you determine which test is better suited to your individual abilities and begin studying, we recommend taking a practice test weekly for eight to ten weeks leading up to the actual test date.

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