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Why should I opt-in to the ACT Writing Section?
Starting during the pandemic, we have seen a revolution in college admissions with many colleges and universities making ACT or SAT testing optional. This optionality has actually created confusion and often more anxiety for students and families over how to interpret each college’s policy. It’s worth remembering that The ACT ... Read More
College Test-Optional Policies: Make Sure You Read The Fine Print!
Over the last several years, in response to the pandemic and DEI initiatives, many colleges have implemented test-optional policies for admissions. But have you read the fine print? What does test-optional really mean for you? Our advice to all of our students and families – plan to test and submit ... Read More
The Best Approach to SSAT or ISEE Preparation
Competitive private day schools and boarding schools are operating with varying and evolving test-optional policies. Many will require admissions testing in the fall. Like at the college level, test-optional policies ought to be considered cautiously, and we strongly recommend planning to exceed any minimum admissions requirements in order to be more ... Read More
Understanding Pandemic Learning Loss
Parents and educators have observed firsthand that the pandemic caused massive disruptions in the academic, emotional, and social lives of students. The compounded effect of the past three years is responsible for significant pandemic learning loss. Meira Levinson and Daniel Markovits note in their article for The Atlantic that no ... Read More
Addressing Math Gaps
Math Gaps and How to Fill Them What happens to students who fail to master fractions by 6th grade? Nothing much, apparently; they continue to work on more advanced areas, building on shaky foundations. Among the myriad of topics covered in mathematics, the following three have a disproportionate effect on ... Read More