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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

New Concordance Charts from the College Board and ACT

On June 14th, 2018, the College Board and ACT released a new concordance table endorsed by both organizations. Please see this website for the official charts: https://collegereadiness.collegeboard.org/educators/higher-ed/scoring/concordance. You will notice that there are now ranges for some of the ACT scores in their conversions to SAT scores; for example, a Composite ACT score of 24 could [...]

June 15th, 2018|0 Comments

Guess who just dropped the ACT/SAT essay requirement?

Last week, the big news in higher ed was Yale dropping a standardized writing test as an admissions requirement. (See this Washington Post article for more information). Yale follows Harvard, Dartmouth, and other selective schools in doing so. In fact, only 25 colleges are still holding onto the requirement,  including nine UC (University of California [...]

June 12th, 2018|0 Comments

ACT Changes and Reminders

  Well, it looks like someone at the ACT company read my blog about single day Extended Time (see https://ivyed.net/anxiety-adhd-and-the-act/). Effective with the September 2018 ACT administration, “Examinees approved for National Extended Time or for Timing Code 6 will have 50 percent extended time for each section of the ACT, with a hard stop after [...]

May 19th, 2018|0 Comments

Strategies with a Disclaimer

At Ivy Ed, we firmly believe that the best test preparation is possessing knowledge of the content that is covered on the tests. We also recognize that there are strategies, very useful strategies in fact, and when combined with mastery of the material, those tips and tricks can be very effective in raising ACT and [...]

May 12th, 2018|0 Comments

Anxiety, ADHD, and the ACT

Time and half on the ACT may seem like a blessing to some, but for others it might be a curse. One of the most commonly granted accommodations for the ACT is “time and a half” on one day or National Testing Standard time with Accommodations/Extended Time. As an educator, I agree with granting extended [...]

March 23rd, 2018|0 Comments

What’s with the watches?

A few years ago, we published a blog regarding an ACT pacing watch (see https://ivyed.net/a-security-blanket-that-isnt-even-soft-our-thoughts-on-the-act-pacing-watch/). At the time, there were several flaws with it:  it didn’t account for the 2015 change to the ACT essay timing (which added an additional 10 minutes) and it couldn’t be adjusted for students who have Extended Time.  Well, since [...]

February 22nd, 2018|0 Comments