Category: SAT

How early should I start standardized testing?

Rising High School Juniors and Seniors: As May comes to a close, the pressure to not only complete but excel on standardized testing becomes more tangible. Trust me, I remember the feeling quite clearly. It can be tempting to put it out of your mind during the summer months, thinking of college applications as an ...

The Lowdown on “Test Optional” Schools

In recent years, an increasingly large number of schools are investigating and trying out test optional admissions processes. The term “test optional” covers an entire spectrum of policies adopted by schools, but generally means that one or more type of standardized testing is not factored into an admission decision. Instead, students can optionally choose to ...

What are SAT Subject Tests and are they really necessary?

It seems like the exams never end, I know. SAT, ACT, AP exams, and now SAT subject tests. Subject tests, or the SAT II, are one hour long, multiple-choice exams designed to show mastery in a certain subject, similar to the AP exam. Currently, there are 20 subjects ranging from math to literature to Chinese. ...

What is the PSAT and is it Worth Taking?

Contrary to popular belief, the PSAT does not stand for Practice SAT. (Although, it should). The PSAT/NMSQT is the Preliminary SAT/National Merit Scholarship Qualifying Test and serves as not only a trial run for the real deal, but also as an opportunity to earn scholarship money for high scores. It’s a two-hour exam administered annually ...