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“Hot Tip: The Best ACT and SAT Test Dates!”

In the winter months leading up to the spring testing season for ACT and SAT, we are often asked if one test date is easier than another. Read our blog--it’s an oldie but goodie--by Jon, our math tutoring guru. Statistically speaking, there cannot be an “easier” test date. “Hot Tip: The Best ACT and SAT [...]

February 15th, 2018|0 Comments

Where are you headed?

What do you want to be when you grow up?   What’s your major? What do you do? From a young age, we are asked questions like these about our career and vocational goals. The truth is that in today’s world, many people consider nearly four majors before deciding on a final one and they likely [...]

February 1st, 2018|0 Comments

Trading Places (thinking positively about safer college options)

Having been a college counselor since 1989, I have worked with several generations of students. Throughout the years, there have been many changes in the admissions landscape. The biggest change I’ve seen comes at a time when college admissions is generally getting less selective, but students want to attend the same 30 schools, which are [...]

January 25th, 2018|0 Comments

Getting Ready for Game Day

It’s almost game day! But we’re not talking about the Super Bowl (or the Academy Awards for fellow entertainment buffs).  Many students are focusing on ACT/SAT tests in the next few months, so they’re facing a game day of their own!  Ivy Ed has a game plan to help you get through either the ACT [...]

January 23rd, 2018|0 Comments

Summer Programs-Should I pay to play? ….and other advice on planning your summer

I frequently get asked about the value of various summer programs. My answer is that, like with this entire process, it’s important to be a good consumer. There are endless “pay to play” programs that bombard teenagers and these tend to target students’ egos, promising that they have been “selected” to attend, for example, the [...]

January 23rd, 2018|0 Comments

Regarding the PSAT

Sophomore and Junior PSAT scores were released this week, and our phones started ringing with questions about them. What’s a good score? Should I start practicing now? Which test do I take: the ACT or SAT? If you are a junior or the parent of a junior, and haven’t started working with us yet, please [...]

December 15th, 2017|0 Comments

The Gender Gap and Scores

The gender discussion has come to a head in recent weeks in the news. The testing industry has been concerned with score discrepancies and gender for quite some time, though. Back in 1996, a complaint was filed against ETS when it came out that boys only made up 45% of the PSAT/NMSQT testers, but were [...]

December 9th, 2017|0 Comments

It’s not personal. It’s business.

“It’s not personal. It’s business.” While readers may recognize this quote from a renowned movie trilogy featuring Michael Corleone, it can often be used to describe the admissions process at competitive colleges. The fact that college admissions is not personal, and may actually be flawed, is the subject of Eric Hoover’s two articles in the [...]

November 3rd, 2017|0 Comments

Don’t Worry About It

Don’t worry about it. This is one of my favorite things to tell students and parents. I do realize that although it sounds simple, it is a loaded statement. The New York Times Magazine’s cover article this week was entitled “The Kids Who Can’t: Why are more American teenagers than ever are suffering from severe [...]

October 21st, 2017|0 Comments

On the Subject of the Math 2 Subject Test by Jon Tarella

Even as more and more colleges are dropping their standardized testing requirements, the presence of solid test scores still looks good on any application.  This is particularly true at the most competitive colleges in the country, where thousands of applicants are rejected by schools at which, by all academic measures, those students could have thrived.  [...]

August 30th, 2017|0 Comments