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Home and Help for the Holidays

During winter recess, as a high school junior (or the parent of one), you may have a few weeks off due to the holidays and some spare time on your hands....what can you or your student do? We know that the next ACT and SAT tests may be a few weeks off, but now is [...]

December 22nd, 2018|0 Comments

“Let’s get back to being hooked on phonics” by Christine B.

My junior year of college, I was required to take a course called Emergent Literacy. It was one of the first of my courses that was a prerequisite for student teaching; the premise of the class was to learn how to teach literacy to students in grades 3 and below. During that class, we learned [...]

November 6th, 2018|0 Comments

Revised and Updated Curriculum

We are excited to show you Ivy Ed's new books! You may notice some new materials around our offices...with the trees and leaves changing, our curriculum has undergone a transformation, too! While the essence of our curricula and philosophy continues to emphasize academic preparation and readiness for college, we have consolidated it all in a [...]

October 26th, 2018|0 Comments

As the Pendulum Swings

Sounds like a soap opera title, doesn’t it? In the lives of us test preppers, it might as well be a soap opera: the SAT has overtaken market share from the ACT for the first time since 2012. This reflects some interesting trends and factors but ultimately should not affect which test your child is [...]

October 25th, 2018|0 Comments

A Big Change for Ivy Ed

We are excited to announce that on Friday, August 31, Ivy Ed finalized its partnership with Collegewise, the largest college counseling company in the United States. What does this mean for you?  Well, our leadership team members - Nicole, Carol, and Stefanie - will stay in their current roles, as will all of our amazing [...]

September 5th, 2018|0 Comments

Oops, they did it again…August 2018 SAT contains recycled questions

For our parents of and students who took Saturday’s August 2018 SAT, you may have heard that the material was pulled from tests previously distributed abroad. While this may be true, this is nothing new. We wrote about the possible cheating that may accompany reused material two years ago (!) and have re-posted the article [...]

August 27th, 2018|0 Comments

CBT: ACTs Administered Outside the US Are Now Computer-Based Only (With Some Exceptions)

Beginning in September of 2018, the ACT will no longer be administered on paper in countries other than United States, presumably in response to recent concerns regarding test security abroad. Exceptions will be made for students with special accommodations – a bit more on that later. For international students taking the ACT without accommodations or [...]

July 20th, 2018|0 Comments

June SAT scores and ongoing concerns

Regarding the ongoing controversy about scores on the June SAT (about which browse the responses on Twitter to the College Board’s official response, or lack thereof), it may be helpful, though hardly consolation, to understand how apparently unfair “equated” scoring like this comes about. A good deal of the following is educated guessing, because the [...]

July 15th, 2018|0 Comments

June 2018 SAT math score controversy unfolding

Three years ago about this time of year, headlines read “Scores from botched June SAT testing released as controversy escalates” (Valerie Strauss, WaPost). Back then, the College Board sent out and administered misprinted test booklets, and when the botched (old-style, pre-revision) tests had two sections discarded, the College Board claimed that the truncated scores were [...]

July 13th, 2018|0 Comments

Breathing thin air

I was on the phone with the parent of one of my students, and as we discussed what it takes to gain admission to the most selective colleges in the land. When he said, "it's impossible to get into college these days," a metaphor popped into my head. I explained that if you want to [...]

June 23rd, 2018|0 Comments